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DeWitt Police to seek national accreditation status

— The DeWitt Police Department will seek law enforcement accreditation status through the CALEA program, Police Chief Eugene Conway announced today. CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) is a nationally and internationally accepted program that has been recognized as a proven modern management model.

Since the first CALEA Accreditation Award was granted in 1984, the program has become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. Its purpose is to develop public safety standards and administer an accreditation process through which agencies can demonstrate that they voluntarily meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.

The process will include a self-assessment, on-site assessment, and a commission review and decision.

There are only three other municipal law enforcement agencies in New York State that are CALEA accredited.

The DeWitt Police Department has been a New York State Accredited Agency since 1998.

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