Chief Brent Dodge is proud to announce that the Johnson City Police Department (JCPD) has received re-accreditation by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The JCPD has been an accredited agency since 1996, and will now be accredited through 2021. Of about 500+ police agencies in New York State, only about 150 are accredited.
Re-Accreditation at JCPD: In July 2016 we had a 3 day on-site evaluation by assessors from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. This evaluation was to determine whether or not we had maintained the high standards of the Accreditation Program for the past five years. After an exhaustive inspection of our policies and documentation, as well as interviews with members of the department, we were found to be in full compliance. DCJS hosted a ceremony in September honoring the Law Enforcement Agencies which had achieved or maintained Accredited status.
About Accreditation: 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:
The Accreditation Program is comprised of 132 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.
Accreditation Process: The accreditation process has several distinct stages. The amount of time that an agency should plan on allotting to complete the process varies depending in part upon the amount of work that needs to be accomplished. Another significant variable is the number of hours per week that can be committed to the task of drafting and implementing new procedures. Some agencies have been able to earn accreditation within several months of applying. Significant elements of the accreditation process include: