New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation

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New York State Police a pioneer in law enforcement accreditation

On March 10, 2005 the New York State Police was awarded its third reaccreditation by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council.

A pioneer in the area of New York State law enforcement accreditation, the State Police first achieved accreditation by the State Division of Criminal Justice Services in 1990, and was re-accredited in March 1995, again in March 2000 and again in March 2005. Led by the NYSP Planning and Research Section, the Division has now been accredited or reaccredited four times.

Accreditation is the process by which organizations demonstrate they operate in compliance with generally accepted standards. The Division of State Police is one of the first to undergo this exacting process a fourth time, an accomplishment of which all employees are justifiably proud.

In becoming one of the first law enforcement agencies in the state to complete the accreditation process three times, the Division of State Police successfully demonstrated full compliance with all program standards.

The purpose of Accreditation is to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and professionalism of an agency, while promoting training and public confidence in law enforcement. Accreditation demonstrates the agency performs in a consistently professional manner, that formalized policies are in place to govern its operational practices and procedures, and that all employees contribute to the agency's mission and know what is expected of them.

Accreditation Process

An accredited law enforcement agency has demonstrated to outside assessors compliance with 130 standards, the sum of which is a testament to the expertise and professionalism of a police agency. Of the 553 eligible law enforcement agencies in New York State, only 215 have been accredited or reaccredited. The NYSP is one of the first agencies to undergo accreditation, and is one of the few to have been reaccredited three times.

Achieving accreditation and reaccreditation is evidence that a law enforcement agencies policies, procedures and operations meet the standards of current policing best practices, are an indication of professionalism, and are a source of pride for all NYSP sworn members and non-sworn members.

Those interested may read more about the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program online at: www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ops/accred/index.htm

The 130 accreditation standards are available online at: www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ops/docs/accred/standardsmanual.pdf