GREENPORT—The New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council recently voted to award the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reaccreditation as a law enforcement agency, Sheriff David Harrison, Jr. announced in a press release.
The Sheriff’s Office was initially awarded law enforcement accreditation in 2007 and must re-apply every five years. As part of the reaccreditation process, the Sheriff’s Office must meet 133 professional standards including standards in administration, training and operations. An extensive three-day onsite inspection of policies, files and practices was conducted by Accreditation Council assessors, who then report back to the council with their recommendation.
According to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, the state accreditation program became operational in 1989 and has 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
*To promote public confidence.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is one of only 143 accredited agencies of the more than 500 law enforcement agencies in the state.
“It’s the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office who should be commended for their dedication to duty and professionalism while serving to protect the residents of Columbia County,” the sheriff said in the release. He also thanked Law Enforcement Division Commander Captain David Bartlett, who is the accreditation manager and has the responsibility to ensure that the standards are met every day.
For more information about the NYS Law Enforcement Accreditation Program visit http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ops/accred/index.htm.