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New York State Accreditation

The Administration of the Police Department is responsible for ensuring that all department policies and procedures are in compliance with the standards set by New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.  The accreditation program has long
been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of training and professionalism.  The DeWitt Police Department was originally accredited by New York State in 1998 and reaccredited in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018.  Our next reaccreditation for New York State will be in 2023. 

CALEA Accreditation

The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs 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; and recognizing 
 professional excellence.

 CALEA’s goals are:

 1.  Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
 2.  Formalize essential management procedures
 3.  Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
 4.  Improve service delivery
 5.  Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
 6.  Increase community and staff confidence in the agency

 On April 2, 2016 DeWitt Police Department was awarded the
 highest level of law enforcement accreditation, both nationally/
 internationally, through the Commission on Accreditation for Law
 Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). We are among only 7 law 
 enforcement agencies out of 514 in New York State to achieve this
 status of excellence. The CALEA process consists of several years of
 self assessment, remote and on-site audits, as well as a final 
 assessment/recommendation from the Executive Board.