Accreditation is a progressive and contemporary way of helping police agencies evaluate and improve their overall performance. It provides formal recognition that an organization meets or exceeds general expectations of quality in the field. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.
The New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation program became operational in 1989 and has four principle goals:
1. To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies utilizing existing personnel, equipment and facilities to the extent possible;
2. To promote increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies and other agencies of the criminal justice services;
3. To ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel;and
4. To promote public confidence.
The Accreditation Program is comprised of 133 standards and is 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 Rochester Police Department has been accredited with New York State since 1990, and was last reaccreditated in March 2010. Accreditation is granted for a 5 year period. A report is submitted annually attesting to continued compliance. At the end of each accreditation period, the agency undergoes a thorough on-site assessment to verify compliance for reaccreditation.
The Rochester Police Department is recognized in New York State as a leading law enforcement agency. Department members are proud of the high quality of service they provide and their continuous pursuit of excellence.
The Rochester Police Department Accreditation Manager can be reached at (585) 428-3638.