Division of Criminal Justice Services

New York State Accreditation Program

New York was the first state in the country to sponsor a law enforcement accreditation program. Community leaders embraced the initiative from the outset, and the program was immediately endorsed by leading statewide organizations of law enforcement and elected officials.

The New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program received national recognition in 1992 when the Council of State Governments determined that New York's program "…dealt with a significant problem in an effective and innovative manner and has the potential to be transferred to other states." The program was one of just eight in the entire country that the Council selected for recognition that year, leading law enforcement officials from as far away as California, Virginia, Oklahoma, Michigan, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky to study the New York State program as it provided a strong basis for them to model when developing their own programs.

The accreditation program has had a significant impact on law enforcement in the years since its inception. As of 2015, there are nearly 150 agencies located all over the state that are currently accredited, ranging in size from a small handful of full-time officers to more than 4,000 sworn personnel.  Insurance benefits, enhanced community support, and a greater overall standard of professionalism are just are few of the many tangible benefits that accredited agencies enjoy.

The positive impact of the Accreditation Program stems from the profound commitment that New York's law enforcement executives have made to excellence and professionalism in the field of law enforcement, and from their desire to provide the best possible services to the communities that they serve. The Accreditation Program continues to provide a comprehensive blueprint for effective, professional law enforcement. Program staff at the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Public Safety are prepared to make their knowledge, experience and resources available to help your agency become accredited. We encourage you to contact us to obtain an application or additional information.

For more information please email us or call us at 518-457-2667, Option 6.