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USD Police Department Accredited by National Association of Campus Safety Administrators

A beautiful, classic picture of Old Main on USD The USD Police Department was recently approved for full accreditation from the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Police Department (UPD) was approved for full accreditation from the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators (NACSA), a leading association for on-campus public safety and campus law enforcement.

UPD started the accreditation process in the fall of 2020 and obtained certification in operations, training, personnel and compliance. According to NACSA CEO Tom Saccenti, UPD completed the accreditation process faster than any other agency in the association.

UPD demonstrated compliance with each nationally recognized best-practice standard and was audited by outside experts to receive accreditation. These standards align with the 2015 report from “The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing” and are constantly evaluated and updated to ensure national best practices are followed.

UPD’s dedication and commitment to the overall safety and security of the campus community are highlighted by its constant journey to provide the best service possible.

Bryant Jackson, interim director of UPD, coordinated the department’s accreditation process. “Obtaining NACSA accreditation is truly a reflection of the great team working at UPD. Without the police officers, dispatchers and student employees of UPD, obtaining accreditation would not have been possible,” said Bryant. “UPD is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment to everyone on the USD campus. We have an outstanding team at UPD and are excited to welcome everyone back for the fall semester.”


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News