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Re-accreditation acheived by Yates Sheriff’s Dept.

Albany, NY – The New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council at the Division of Criminal Justice Services in Albany, NY met on December 2, 2010 and conferred five year re-accreditation status for the Yates County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Division providing police services to Yates County. The sheriff’s office originally achieved accreditation status in late 2005 that was good for five years, and recently passed a three day on site assessment by outside inspectors.Sheriff Ron Spike, Undersheriff Jack Gleason, and Chief Deputy Howard Davis were presented the certificate by DCJS Acting Director Sean Byrne and Council Chairman Chief of Police Lloyd Perkins at a ceremony in Albany, NY. Besides Yates County other agencies receiving recognition of re-accreditation were Genesee County SO, Orange County SO, Troy City Police Dept, Endicott Village Police Dept, Kingston City Police Dept, and North Castle Town Police Dept. The New York State Accreditation Program is a progressive and contemporary method for a law enforcement agency to evaluate and improve their overall performance and provided services. It provides recognition that an organization meets or exceeds the general expectations of quality in the field of policing by compliance of 130 bench marking professional standards on administration, agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices, records, training requirements, and operational polices that address critical and litigious topics such as high speed pursuits, road blocks, use of force, and handling unusual occurrences, etc. There are 545 law enforcement agencies in New York State and Yates County is one of only 138 to achieve accreditation status. Also recognized with a certificate of appreciation was Undersheriff John Gleason for being the agency Accreditation Program Manager.Sheriff Ron Spike spoke regarding the agency’s mission, values, responsibility, leadership and public trust as law enforcement services can be very demanding, costly, and complex at times. Spike said, “We must operate under accepted and contemporary standards, and be ready for those unexpected problems. A professional law enforcement agency cannot have questionable practices. We must perform well, be trained well, practice sound ethics, and have supervisory oversight of our operations and personnel, always remembering that excellence in policing is not granted on easy terms. This re-accreditation achievement is a direct credit to the men and women that work in law enforcement services at the Sheriff’s Office.”

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