ALBANY, N.Y. -- After becoming the fourth agency in New York State to achieve the recognition of being "fully" accredited, the Albany County Sheriff Department's Craig Apple said it was recognition of quality service.
The Sheriff's Department officially received the certification
from NYS Law Enforcement Accreditation, Court Security Accreditation, Civil
Accreditation, E911 / Dispatch Accreditation and Corrections
Accreditation. The accreditation programs are designed to assist agencies
in evaluating and improving their overall performance.
Sherriff Craig Apple said the new status meant his department was being recognized for meeting or exceeding general expectations of quality in the respective offices. These expectations were met by following what have been identified as critical and non-critical standards, thereby improving the manner in which the Albany County Sheriff's Office serves the public. Apple said it was an indication of professionalism, and a source of pride for all Albany County Sheriff's Office sworn members and non-sworn members.
"This was a rigorous process, but upon taking office this was a priority," Apple said. "This will let the public know what a professional Sheriff's Office they have providing public safety. This undertaking was a team effort by members from various units, and I am very proud of their dedication to the citizens of Albany County."