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Rockland Sheriff's Office Maintains Accreditation With State

Joyce Corsi of the state Department of Criminal Justice Services admires some baseball memorabilia with Rockland Sheriff Louis Falco recently. Photo Credit: Rockland County Sheriff's Office
Joyce Corsi, an assessor with the state Department of Criminal Justice Services, gets to meet the K-9 crew at the Rockland County Sheriff's Office. Photo Credit: Rockland County Sheriff's Department

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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