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Law enforcement accreditation is a method and an ongoing process to ensure that the University Police Department is in compliance with national "best practices" in policing covering all aspects of law enforcement policies, procedures, and operations. Accreditation makes a statement to other law enforcement agencies, professions, and the university community that the University Police Department meets the highest standards of professionalism.
The NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services Accreditation Program became fully operational in 1989 and the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was designed and developed by professional law enforcement executives to provide a reasonable and cost effective plan for the professionalization of law enforcement agencies within NYS.
There are a total of 133 Accreditation Standards which are divided into three categories. Standards in the Administration Section have provisions for such topics as agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices and records. Training Standards encompass basic and in-service instruction as well as training for supervisors and specialized or technical assignments. Operations Standards deal with such critical and litigious topics as high-speed pursuits, roadblocks, patrol and unusual occurrences.
The Accreditation Manager is Officer Philip Borden and Lieutenant Matthew Austin is assisting with the process. The department is currently scheduled to undergo assessment during calendar year 2015.