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LETTER: DeWitt Police congratulate Manlius Police Department’s reaccreditation status

To the editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to further acknowledge and recognize the recent reaccreditation status awarded to the Manlius Police Department.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement is the premier credentialing authority for those delivering public safety services not only on a local, state, and national level but internationally as well. Created in 1979, the commission operates as an independent, non-profit organization. Its accreditation program provides agencies with an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards. Simply stated, they facilitate an agency’s pursuit of professional excellence.

The department’s continued and consistent pursuit of achieving and maintaining this accreditation is remarkable. The commission noted this by awarding it “Advanced Meritorious Accreditation”. What many may not know is that the Manlius Police Department is only one of two municipal police agencies in New York State that are CALEA accredited and one of only four overall in the state. The fact that they are one of the smallest agencies in size to maintain this accreditation is also worthy of mention. In addition, staff within the department has gone beyond just being a member of an accredited agency, they have in fact become assessors themselves which is further tribute to their duty of professionalism.

We are learning firsthand the challenges presented in trying to achieve this status. With the support and guidance from the members of the Manlius Police Department we are now in the self assessment phase of attempting to achieve CALEA accreditation. It is truly a commitment that requires a dedicated effort each and every day, while at the same time trying to provide around the clock police services to a very busy community. As an agency that adjoins them, we are fortunate to have a strong working relationship with them in many areas and on a daily basis. We admire their accomplishment, appreciate their friendship and thank them for helping us become a better police department. On behalf of all the members of the DeWitt Police Department we extend our congratulations.

EUGENE J. CONWAY

CHIEF OF POLICE

TOWN OF DEWITT

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