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Police Department reaccreditation
Release Date: March 15, 2013

The Greenburgh Police Department is proud to announce that on March 14, 2013, at a meeting of the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council in Albany, this department was officially recognized as having met the New York State Accreditation Standards over the last five year period and was officially granted reaccreditation status.

The Greenburgh Police Department was first recognized as an accredited agency by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council in 2003. This Council is a sub-division of New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The department was then reaccredited in 2008. To receive reaccreditation the department must provide documentation for each of the five years that compliance was fulfilled for each standard during that period.

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 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.

Because of our size and the number of specialized units employed, we were required to meet each of the program’s 133 standards. The onsite assessor expressed particular satisfaction with the level of job knowledge expressed by the personnel he interviewed and observed.

I would like to acknowledge the department accreditation managers Sergeant Timothy Carroll and Detective Michael Marino for their dedication and diligent work over the past five years and all the members of the department for their support during this evaluation period.

Joseph J. DeCarlo
Chief of Police
Town of Greenburgh
White Plains, N.Y. 10607

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