Published 08/02/17

Department of Public Safety Receives Prestigious CALEA Accreditation

SMITHFIELD, RI – Bryant University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) at a conference held in Providence last week.

CALEA is a credentialing authority with the mission to improve the delivery of public safety services by maintaining standards, recognizing professional excellence, and accrediting public safety agencies, including law enforcement agencies, training academies, communications centers, and campus public safety agencies.

The organization recently expanded from certifying sworn law enforcement agencies to non-sworn college and university public safety departments. Bryant is one of only four non-sworn departments in the country to receive the CALEA certification. 

Bryant Director of Public Safety Stephen M. Bannon and Assistant Director John Rainone spearheaded the five-phase accreditation process, the most stringent in the country. The process includes self-assessment, on-site assessment, commission review and decision, and maintaining compliance and reaccreditation. 

“Achieving CALEA accreditation is a significant accomplishment, and it is a testament to the excellence and dedication of the Bryant DPS team,” said Bannon. “CALEA has long been recognized as the gold standard for best practices in law enforcement nationally and internationally, and we are honored to receive this distinction.” 

Bryant’s Department of Public Safety is dedicated to the safety and security of the Bryant community. Full-time officers assist the campus community with various services including the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws, as well campus rules and regulations. DPS monitors security activities 24 hours a day and serves as a liaison to the local and state police, fire, and emergency services. The CALEA-accredited department is a member of the Rhode Island College and University Public Safety Directors Association, the Northeast College and University Security Association, and the International Association of University Law Enforcement Administrators.


Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. Founded in 1863, Bryant University has approximately 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students from 32 states and 66 countries. Bryant University is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron's.  Visit