The New York State University Police Department at Geneseo became the ninth University Police Department to achieve accreditation status from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services.
Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating administrators then conduct a thorough analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When procedures are in place, a team of independent professionals is then assigned. This team verifies that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented.
Law enforcement accreditation is a method and an ongoing process. It ensures that the University Police Department is in compliance with national “best practices” in policing. It covers 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.
There are a total of 133 Accreditation Standards, which are divided into three categories. Standards in the Administrative 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 NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services Accreditation Program became fully operational in 1989. The Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was designed and developed by professional law enforcement executives. It provides a reasonable and cost effective plan for the professionalization of law enforcement agencies within New York State.