Marquette University Police Department receives accreditation from Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group

Sept. 14, 2023

MUPD joins less than 10% of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies in completing voluntary accreditation process

MUPD officers talking to citizens next to a police vehicleMILWAUKEE — The Marquette University Police Department has received accreditation from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG), the governing body for state accreditation in Wisconsin, through its Core Standards Verification program. The voluntary accreditation process measures a department against the highest standards of professionalism to better serve their respective communities. Of the nearly 600 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin, MUPD is among 10% to receive accreditation.

“The Marquette University Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting the Marquette community by maintaining the highest standards and utilizing the best practices of the law enforcement profession,” MUPD Chief Edith Hudson said. “MUPD shares Marquette’s mission of excellence in all things, and accreditation is a recognition that our department is meeting those high standards. We are proud to join the growing list of accredited law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and to continue to operate with the evolving best practices of the industry.”

WILEAG’s Core Standards Verification accreditation program consists of 65 standards that incorporate the best police practices. Assessors review written material and proof of department practices. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement professionals from other agencies throughout the state.

Accreditation status is granted for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with the standards.

WILEAG promotes excellence in law enforcement through participation in a voluntary law enforcement agency accreditation program. Accredited agencies demonstrate compliance with applicable standards covering all aspects of law enforcement administration and operations.

The Core Standards Verification program is tailored for Wisconsin law enforcement agencies providing services to smaller communities and was created to address the challenges associated with a smaller agency’s participation in the full accreditation program. This accreditation process is focused on areas that carry the highest probability of liability for Wisconsin law enforcement agencies, as well as various statutory mandates and administrative rules that significantly impact policing in the State of Wisconsin.

With more than 60 trained public safety professionals, including 48 sworn police officers, MUPD has an extensive safety infrastructure throughout campus and in the near off-campus neighborhood, which includes more than 1,200 cameras and more than 450 Blue Light phones and the nationally recognized Department of Campus Safety.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or