The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) is an internationally recognized credentialing authority. The purpose of CALEA’s accreditation program is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process recognizing professional excellence.
Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities, formalize essential management procedures, establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, improve service delivery, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and increase community and staff confidence in the agency.
The CALEA process requires maintaining compliance with 480 standards. The standards address six major law enforcement subjects: (1) role, responsibility, and relationships with other agencies; (2) organization, management, and administration; (3) personnel administration; (4) law enforcement operations, operational support, and traffic law enforcement; (5) detainee and court related services; and (6) auxiliary and technical services.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was initially accredited by CALEA in 1991, and subsequently reaccredited in 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011. The Monroe County Sheriff’s office is the only Sheriff’s Office in New York State to achieve CALEA accreditation.
The New York State Sheriff’s Association (NYSSA) accreditation programs establish a standard of excellence in a particular area of the Sheriff’s responsibility. Participation in the NYSSA accreditation programs promotes efficiency, raises the quality of service, improves morale and, often reduces insurance costs.
JAIL: The operation of a safe and secure county jail is one of the most difficult government functions- one which exposes the Sheriff and county government to great legal and financial liability. The NYSSA jail accreditation program is designed to enhance county jail operations and reduce exposure to liability. The NYSSA jail accreditation program has established 166 standards of excellence which must be met by a county jail in order for the facility to earn accredited status. The Jail Bureau was initially accredited by the NYSSA in 2005, and subsequently reaccredited in 2010.
CIVIL: Sheriff’s Civil Divisions serve and execute civil court process, such as summons, evictions, Family Court orders, executions, orders of attachment, orders of seizure, and many more civil process items. Additionally, these divisions must collect and account for millions of dollars received by the Sheriff in enforcing civil judgments. To help Sheriffs assure that these divisions operate efficiently and properly, NYSSA developed a civil accreditation program that contains 120 civil accreditation standards. The standards contain detailed requirements regarding the handling and accounting of money collected for judgments and money collected by Sheriffs on behalf of the county. The Civil Bureau was initially accredited in 2009.
COURT: The Court Security Bureau is responsible for providing a safe and secure environment at the Hall of Justice and court occupied areas of the Monroe County Public Safety Building, Appellate Courthouse and Civic Center Complex. Court Security Deputies are responsible for the physical protection of judges, court personnel, attorneys, witnesses, juries, and citizens who have business with-in the Court complex. Court Security Deputies are also responsible for judicial activities outside the Civic Center Complex such as transportation of juries, hospital arraignments and hearings and escorts to crime scenes. NYSSA developed 39 accreditation standards that contain requirements regarding the administration, operation, training and staffing levels of the Court Security Bureau. The Court Bureau was initially accredited in 2011.
The New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (NYSLEAP) 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 has four principle goals: To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies utilizing existing personnel, equipment and facilities to the extent possible, to promote increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies and other agencies of the criminal justice services, to ensure appropriate training of law enforcement personnel, and to promote public confidence.
The accreditation program is comprised of 133 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 assignments. Operations standards deal with such critical and litigious topics as high-speed pursuits, roadblocks, patrol and unusual occurrences. The Police Bureau was initially accredited in 1992, and subsequently reaccredited in 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012.