Rockland Sheriff accredited; Clarkstown getting re-accredited
The Rockland Sheriff’s Department will received it’s accreditation certificate from New York State this afternoon during a ceremony planned for the Rockland Legislature chambers in the County Office Building in New City.
Division of Criminal Justice Services Commissioner Denise O’Donnel is scheduled to be on hand to hand the certificate to Sheriff James Kralik. Other dignitaries, including County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef and legislators, were on the guest list.
The Sheriff’s Department became the fifth Rockland police force accredited, joining Clarkstown, Ramapo, Stony Point and Orangetown. Clarkstown went through the re-accreditation process last week, with police officials and state law enforcement personnel inspecting the department and its records. Suffern also is planning on going through the process. Accreditation lasts five years.
Out of 600 departments across the state, just more than 100 have been accredited by meeting the 130 standards set by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.
As a barometer of professionalism, the state accreditation indicates a department has established rules and regulations and is abiding by them. It also means a department has established training programs, evidence-keeping procedures and is maintaining records. The accreditation also can lead to a department paying less for insurance, which reduces costs to taxpayers.