St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office earns accreditation

CANTON, NY —  St. Lawrence County Sheriff Brooks J. Bigwarfe is proud to announce that the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division has earned accreditation through the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (NYSLEAP), and to recognize the Criminal Division staff and Deputy Sheriff – Sergeant Leighton Filiatrault, Accreditation Officer, for their outstanding work.

NYSLEAP 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 has 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 appropriate training of law enforcement personnel, and to promote public confidence.

The accreditation program is comprised of 110 standards and is divided into three categories. Standards in the administrative section have provisions for such topics as agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices, and records. Training standards encompass basic and in-service instruction, as well as training for supervisors and specialized assignments. Operations standards deal with such critical and litigious topics as high-speed pursuits, roadblocks, patrol and unusual occurrences.