New York State Accreditation


The New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services Accreditation Program began in 1989.   It is comprised of a set of standards developed to further enhance the capabilities of law enforcement agencies and certify those departments that meet or exceed best policing practices as defined by the State of New York.  The standards are broken down into; Standards in the Administrative which include provisions for agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices, and records management, Training standards which encompass basic and in-service instruction, as well as training for supervisors and specialized or technical assignments and Operations standards with address critical and litigious topics as high-speed pursuits, roadblocks, patrol, and unusual occurrences.

Accreditation is a progressive and contemporary way of helping police agencies evaluate and improve their overall performance. Once accredited, an agency must maintain standards and are re-certified every five years.  The four principle goals of accreditation are:

  • 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; and
  • To promote public confidence in law enforcement agencies

The New Paltz Police Department received their accreditation status in 2018 following a thorough 3-day review of all department policies, trainings and records by certified NYS accreditation assessors.  "Attaining our accreditation certificate was one of the best and proudest moments for the department.  It was the State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services validating what our personnel have felt for a long time; we are a professional department that employs best policing practices in serving our community", said Chief Robert Lucchesi.

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