On June 13, 2013 at the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council meeting held in Albany, The Clarkstown Police Department was presented with its Reaccreditation Certificate.
The Clarkstown Police Department was initially accredited in 1998 and re-accredited in 2003, 2008 and now in 2013.
The Accreditation Program has four principle goals:
1. To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies utilizing existing personnel, equipment and facilities to the extent possible;
2. To promote increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies and other agencies of the criminal justice services;
3. To ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel; and
4. To promote public confidence.
The Department is evaluated on 133 standards that are divided into three categories. The Administrative Section have standards for such topics as agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices, and records management. 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, use of force and general patrol functions.