The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies has reelected University of Alabama at Birmingham associate vice president and chief of police Anthony Purcell as its president for a second consecutive year. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies maintains a body of standards to consistently improve accreditation management in law enforcement.
Purcell has been a member of the commission since 2013 and has previously served as its treasurer and vice president. “It is truly an honor to be re-selected for this role and to represent our UAB Police and Public Safety Department on a national level,” Purcell said.
Purcell has an extensive background in the public safety and policing sectors. His career began with the Durham County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Department in 1983. He held positions as chief of police and director of public safety at North Carolina Central University, chief of police and director of public safety at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and deputy chief of police at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined the police force at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2006.
Purcell holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from North Carolina Central University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.