Safe Campus: The National Campus Safety Summit has named the Appalachian State University Police Department as one of the top 25 university departments in the country.

The ranked universities were cited for “increasing the safety and security of their campus community” and “making a difference in student safety.” The APD was ranked No. 18.

Andy Stephenson, Appalachian’s director of public safety and chief of police, offered his appreciation for the “outstanding APD officers” and for the “unprecedented support” the department has received from Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Paul Forte and the entire university administration.

Appalachian was ranked among universities such as the University of Minnesota, Florida Atlantic University, University of Tennessee, University of Houston, Miami University and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Last summer, the North Carolina Police Executives Association named APD as the Law Enforcement Agency of the Year, primarily for its Appalachian Police Officer Development Program, the second of its kind in the nation and the only such program in North Carolina.