Of the 550 law enforcement departments operating in New York State, only 130 are accredited agencies, according to John Bilich, the New York State Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety. Accreditation is valid for five years and certifies that a police department meets all of the state’s professional standards.
“[It means] you’ve adopted the highest levels of recognized police standards,” Mr. Bilich said during a brief ceremony honoring the Quogue Village Police Department on Friday. “It’s an arduous process.”
The Southampton Town, Southampton Village and Suffolk County police departments are all accredited agencies. The Westhampton Beach Police Department... more