What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve its overall performance. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participation administrators then conduct a thorough analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of independent professionals is assigned to verify that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by an authoritative body that the institution is worthy of accreditation.

Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement. The achievement is made especially noteworthy because of the formal recognition which is granted to indicate that an institution meets or exceeds general expectations of quality in the field. In essence, accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.


The New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program provides a formal mechanism by which the activities of law enforcement agencies can be systematically updated, measured and evaluated. The program has four principal 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 system
  3. to ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel
  4. to promote public confidence in law enforcement agencies

Participation in the Accreditation Program is voluntary. There are no charges for any program services or materials. The Genesee County Sheriffs' Office Police Bureau, Civil Bureau, and 9-1-1 Emergency Services Dispatch Center have received accreditation.