NEW CITY, N.Y. -- The Rockland County Sheriff’s Office has maintained its accreditation status with the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Services.
Sheriff Louis Falco made the announcement in a recent Facebook post.
Accreditation means that the department is implementing policing policies that are “conceptually sound and operationally effective,” according to the DCJS’ website.
It is a way, the agency said, of helping police evaluate and improve their overall performance and provides formal recognition that a department “meets or exceeds general expectation of quality in the field.”
The program, which was launched in 1989, has several goals, the agency said.
Those are: to increase effectiveness and efficiency using existing personnel, equipment and facilities; to promote better cooperation among police agencies; to ensure that officers are properly trained; and that public confidence in law enforcement is upheld.
Administrative standards cover such topics as agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices and records keeping.
Other standards deal with in-service instruction, training for supervisors and specialized or technical training.
Finally, operations standards focus on “litigious topics” such as high-speed pursuits, roadblocks, patrols and “unusual occurrences.”
Joyce Corsi, an assessor with the DCJS, did an on-site inspection and even got to meet some of the department’s “outstanding K-9s,” Falco said in his post.
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