Members of the Seneca Falls Police Department traveled to Albany on Thursday, September 5th for a ceremony recognizing the police departments reaccreditation by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
The police department received its initial accreditation in 2014. Seneca Falls is 1 of 157 officially accredited agencies out of a total of 514 agencies throughout the state.
Receiving accreditation from the state acknowledges the department’s commitment to the community they serve as well as reaching the gold standard in community policing. The New York State law enforcement accreditation process was established in 1989 and encompasses four principle goals:
-To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies utilizing existing personnel, equipment and facilities to the extent possible;
-To promote increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies and other agencies of the criminal justice services;
-To ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel; and
-To promote public confidence in law enforcement agencies.
The accreditation process calls on agencies to implement effective policies and practices across three categories: training, which covers both basic instruction and specialized supervisory development; operations, which includes handling of critical events as well as regular patrols and other more common circumstances; and administration, which captures a department’s records and fiscal management, agency organization and personnel practices.
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