GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Greenburgh Police Department met 133 standards to become re-accredited as a recognized agency by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council, Police Chief Joseph J. DeCarlo announced Friday.
Accreditation is a way of helping police agencies evaluate and improve their overall performance and provides formal recognition that an organization meets or exceeds general expectations of quality in the field, according the state's criminal justice services.
Accreditation acknowledges "the implementation of policies that are conceptually sound and operationally effective," according to the state.
The Greenburgh Police Department was first accredited in 2003 and again in 2008, DeCarlo said. The latest accreditation, which will also last five years, was approved Thursday, he said.
DeCarlo said accreditation helps promote increased cooperation and coordination between law enforcement agencies. It also helps departments use personnel and equipment more efficiently.
The Accreditation Program is comprised of 133 standards, DeCarlo said. Standards include such topics as agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices, training, high-speed pursuits, roadblocks, patrol and records.
"Because of our size and the number of specialized units employed, we were required to meet each of the program’s 133 standards," DeCarlo said in a statement. "The onsite assessor expressed particular satisfaction with the level of job knowledge expressed by the personnel he interviewed and observed."