“It’s time consuming. It’s costly. The benefits we derived from it years ago and insurance breaks are not there,” Perkins said.
Leaving the program will have no negative effects on the department’s insurance or budget, he said.
Accreditation, according to the state criminal justice website, is a 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 department will notify the state that it is leaving the program when it submits its annual report this January.
Trustee Sue Jones said that the village board and police department should make a point to discuss whether or not they want to re-enter the program once a year moving forward.
In other business:
--The board discussed the possibility of donating $10,000 from the Duke Schneider fund to Lakeshore Baseball and Softball for its project to build dugouts and refurbish Sims Field in Austin Park.
The village, school district and the Parks and Recreation Council of Skaneateles were each given a donation of $150,000 in Schneider’s will to be used for improving and repairing parks and recreation facilities in Skaneateles. So far the village used $10,000 of that money to help fund the construction of the Cameron Kenan memorial playground in Austin Park.
The trustees said they would revisit the topic at the board’s next meeting after acquiring more information about the plans and what other funding has been lined up for the project.
Village Historian Jorge Battle also brought up the issue of Lakeshore’s status with the Internal Revenue Service. According to irs.gov, Lakeshore Baseball and Softball has had its 501(c)(3) tax status revoked in 2013. This means that private donations to the organization are not tax deductable.