Accreditation - Rochester Police Department

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 (NYSLEAP) 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 criminal justice services;
    3.  To ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel 
    4.  To promote public confidence

NYSLEAP is comprised of 133 standards and is divided into three categories. Administrative Standards include provisions for topics such 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 review critical and litigious topics regarding high-speed pursuits, roadblocks, patrol procedures and unusual occurrences. 

The Rochester Police Department (RPD) has been accredited with New York State since 1990, with its last accreditation in September 2015.  Accreditation is granted for a five-year period. In the interim, an annual NYSLEAP Compliance Survey is submitted to the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) attesting to continued standard compliance. At the end of each accreditation period, law enforcement agencies undergo a thorough, on-site assessment by DCJS assessors to verify compliance for re-accreditation.

The RPD is recognized in New York State as a leading law enforcement agency. RPD members are proud of the high quality of service they provide and their on-going pursuit of police service excellence.

The RPD's Accreditation Manager can be reached at (585) 428-7628.