The Solvay Police department was first accredited by NYS in 2003 under Chief Richard Cox. The department has successfully maintained and retained the status, undergoing an assessment in 2008, 2013 and 2018. The Department is scheduled to undergo an assessment January 2023 and if successful, complete a full assessment for the fifth time.
Accreditation is a progressive and contemporary 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 New York State program became operational in 1989 and encompasses four principle goals:
- To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies utilizing existing personnel, equipment and facilities to the extent possible;
- To promote increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies and other agencies of the criminal justice services;
- To ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel; and
- To promote public confidence in law enforcement agencies.