Gloversville’s police department gets five-year accreditation status

Members of the Gloversville Police Department were present at Tuesday's Common Council meeting to speak about the department's re-accreditation. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Police Department has finalized its accreditation process.

Police Chief Marc Porter said during Tuesday’s Common Council meeting accreditation has been around for police agencies in New York since the 1990s.

The department was previously fully accredited from 1997 to 2012.

“In 2016, when I was appointed chief of police it was one of our goals for the agency was to bring [accreditation] back,” he said.

Porter said accreditation encompasses 110 standards that law enforcement agencies have to comply with. Topics include having written directives for how non-agency property is handled; handling of finances; custody issues; management of juveniles under arrest and management of day-to-day operations.

Gloversville Police Capt. Michael Scott stands with his "John Kimball O'Neil Certificate of Achievement" from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services on at the Common Council meeting on Tuesday. Scott was given the award for his work on the city police's re-accreditation. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

“We’ve worked very hard over the last 22 months or so to get to the place where we are at right now. Which, as of Dec. 7 of this year, the accreditation council voted unanimously to award the Gloversville Police Department with another five year accreditation period,” Porter said.

Porter presented a framed certificate from the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. The certification recognizes the city police on its accreditation.

“I can’t think of a more worthwhile project for this department to undertake. In times where law enforcement is being challenged across our country, and a lot of it rightfully so, it forces us to take a deep dive and take an introspective look to our own policies and procedures to make sure the services we provide to our community are at the highest standards New York State has to offer. And to make sure that we continue with the support that we have from our community, and gaining of the public trust – which is very important to us – this is something that is one reason this means a great deal to us.”

Porter also took time to acknowledge Capt. Michael Scott who is the accreditation manager for this process. The Division of Criminal Justice Services awarded the John Kimball O’Neil Certificate of Achievement to Scott for his “leadership and dedication as the program manager” of the Gloversville Police Department’s accreditation program.

Porter said the accreditation is a “reflection of the hard work done by everyone in the department. Both sworn staff and civilian staff.”

Porter acknowledged city government officials for their support, including Finance Director Tammie Weiterschan who helped review the department’s books and Department of Public Works Director Dale Trumbull whose staff helped make sure the department was ready for a three day on site visit.

Porter said this achievement has helped ramp up pride among the department members.

The renewed accreditation period runs from Dec. 7, 2017 to Dec. 6, 2022.

In a letter posted on the GPD’s Facebook page, Porter writes that he would like to thank “the Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Accreditation Council, past and present members of the Gloversville Police Department, Gloversville Mayor Dayton King and the members of the Gloversville Common Council for their hard work and support of this worthwhile project. A special thank you to Captain Scott for his hard work and diligence throughout this process. I would also like to send a special acknowledgment to [retired] Chief William F. Lair for his guidance and support of this project over the past two and a half years.”

During the meeting, the council unanimously approved a resolution commending the department on its achievement.

Kerry Minor can be reached at kminor@leaderherald.com.

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