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Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council

Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council

Overview

The Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council oversees the state’s voluntary law enforcement agency accreditation program. The Council develops and approves program standards and adopts policies that determine how the program is administered and has the sole authority to award accreditation to an agency. The Council also oversees a mandatory certification process for agencies that employ police officers (as defined in paragraphs b, c, d, e, f, j, k, l, o, p, s and u of Criminal Procedure Law 1.20.34) to ensure that agencies comply with mandatory hiring standards and reporting requirements to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

 

The Council’s duties and membership are detailed in state Executive Law Article 36 Section 846-h.

 

The state Division of Criminal Justice Services provides staff support to the Council, which has 19 members, two of which are ex-officio. Members serve two-year terms. A member whose term has expired remains on the council until they are reappointed, or a replacement is named.

Members

(as of 10/15/2023)

 

Gregory J. Austin, Chair

Chief, Rye Brook Village Police Department

Putnam County

Term Expires 3/20/2022)

 

Martin Flatley

Chief, Southold Town Police Department

Suffolk County

Term Expires 3/20/2022

 

Eric Hawkins

Chief, Albany City Police Department

Albany County

Term Expires 02/15/2025

 

Reverend Dr. Marlowe Washington

Agape Fellowship United Methodist Church

Monroe County

Term Expires 9/21/2024

 

William Rivera

Crisis Intervention Director, Opportunities for Otsego, Inc.

Otsego County

Term Expires 02/13/2025

 

Michael Filicetti

Sheriff, Niagara County

Niagara County

Term Expires 10/26/2023

 

Todd Baxter

Sheriff, Monroe County

Monroe County

Term Expires 3/20/2022

 

Robert Maciol

Sheriff, Oneida County

Oneida County

Term Expires 3/20/2022

 

Leighton Filiatrault

Chief Deputy, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office

St. Lawrence County

Term Expires 5/1/2021

 

Martin Floss, Ph.D.

Hilbert College

Erie County

Term Expires 04/11/2023

 

Robert M. Palmieri

Mayor, City of Utica

Oneida County

Term Expires 5/1/2024

 

Michelle Randall-Williams

Retired Detective, New York City Police Department

Kings County

Term Expires 3/20/2021

 

 

Ex-Officio

 

Edward Caban

Commissioner, New York City Police Department

Bronx County

 

Dominick Chiumento

Acting Superintendent, New York State Police

 

Member Requirements

State law requires representation from the following on the Council:

  • Two incumbent sheriffs
  • One incumbent sheriff from an agency with more than 100 deputy sheriffs
  • Two incumbent police chiefs
  • One incumbent police chief from an agency with more than 100 police officers
  • An incumbent deputy sheriff
  • An incumbent police officer
  • An incumbent chief executive officer of a county
  • An incumbent mayor of a city or village
  • An incumbent chief executive officer of a town
  • A member of a statewide labor organization representing police officers (as defined in Criminal Procedure Law Section 1.20.34)
  • A full-time faculty member of a college or university who teaches criminal justice or police science
  • One advocate for victims of crime
  • One representative from a community with high numbers of police-community interactions
  • One member each appointed by the state Senate and state Assembly

 

The Commissioner of the New York City Police Department and Superintendent of the New York State Police serve as ex-officio, voting members.

Statutory Authority

New York State Executive Law Article 36 Section 846-h.

 

§ 846-h. Law enforcement agency accreditation council; membership;
organization and procedure. 1. (a) There shall be, within the division,
a law enforcement agency accreditation council.

(b) The council shall develop model standards for law enforcement
agencies. Such standards shall be designed:

(i) To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement
agencies in the delivery of law enforcement services utilizing existing
personnel, equipment and facilities to the extent possible;

(ii) To promote increased cooperation and coordination among law
enforcement agencies and other agencies of the criminal justice system;

(iii) To ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel,
not inconsistent with other provisions of law; and

(iv) To promote public confidence in law enforcement agencies.

(c) The council shall recommend rules and regulations establishing an
accreditation process that encourages and provides law enforcement
agencies with a voluntary opportunity to demonstrate that they meet the
model standards developed by the council. The accreditation process
shall provide that applications for accreditation shall be submitted by
the chief law enforcement officer of the agency so applying only upon
the approval of the chief elected officer, or if there is no chief
elected officer, by the local governing body. Such model standards and
rules and regulations shall be transmitted to the temporary president of
the senate, the speaker of the assembly, every law enforcement agency,
mayor and appropriate town and county official in the state on or before
April first, nineteen hundred eighty-nine. The rules and regulations in
final form shall be transmitted to the governor on or after June first,
nineteen hundred eighty-nine and shall be effective following their
approval by the governor.

* (d) The council shall create a mandatory certification process for
agencies employing police officers, as defined in paragraphs (b), (c),
(d), (e), (f), (j), (k), (l), (o), (p), (s) and (u) of subdivision
thirty-four of section 1.20 of the criminal procedure law. Such
certification process shall include the promulgation of mandatory
standards for hiring practices, which shall incorporate the rules and
regulations promulgated by the municipal police training council
pursuant to subdivisions two and two-b of section eight hundred forty of
this chapter, as well as the reporting requirements under subdivision
two of section eight hundred forty-five of this chapter and subdivision
five of section seventy-five of this chapter, as may be applicable to
such agencies and their personnel.

* NB Effective October 16, 2023

* (e) The council may, on its own or upon referral from the
commissioner, revoke or withhold the granting of the certification under
paragraph (d) of this subdivision for an agency that fails to adhere to
the mandatory standards for hiring practices or reporting requirements
of such paragraph.

* NB Effective October 16, 2023

2. (a) The law enforcement agency accreditation council shall consist
of:

(i) Two incumbent sheriffs of the state;

(ii) Two incumbent chiefs of police;

(iii) One incumbent deputy sheriff;

(iv) One incumbent police officer;

(v) The superintendent of state police;

(vi) The commissioner of police of the city of New York;

(vii) One incumbent chief executive officer of a county of the state;

(viii) One incumbent mayor of a city or village of the state;

(ix) One incumbent chief executive officer of a town of the state;

(x) One member of a statewide labor organization representing police
officers as that term is defined in subdivision thirty-four of section
1.20 of the criminal procedure law;

(xi) One full-time faculty member of a college or university who
teaches in the area of criminal justice or police science;

(xii) Two members appointed pursuant to subparagraph (ix) of paragraph
(c) of this subdivision;

(xiii) One incumbent chief of police or commissioner of police from a
municipality in the state with a police department consisting of more
than one hundred officers;

(xiv) One incumbent sheriff in the state from an agency with more than
one hundred deputy sheriffs;

(xv) One representative of victims of crime; and

(xvi) One representative from a community with high numbers of police
an community interactions.

(b) With the exception of the superintendent of state police and the
commissioner of police of the city of New York, each member of the
council shall be appointed by the governor to serve a two-year term. Any
member appointed by the governor may be reappointed for additional
terms.

(c) The governor shall make appointments to the council as follows:

(i) Each member who is an incumbent sheriff of the state shall be
chosen from a list of two eligible persons submitted by the New York
state sheriffs' association;

(ii) Each member who is an incumbent chief of police shall be chosen
from a list of two eligible persons submitted by the New York state
association of chiefs of police;

(iii) The member who is an incumbent deputy sheriff shall be chosen
from a list of two eligible persons submitted jointly by the New York
state sheriffs' association and the New York state deputy sheriffs'
association, inc.;

(iv) The member who is an incumbent police officer shall be chosen
from a list of two eligible persons submitted jointly by the New York
state association of chiefs of police and a statewide labor organization
representing police officers as that term is defined in subdivision
thirty-four of section 1.20 of the criminal procedure law;

(v) The member who is an incumbent chief executive officer of a county
of the state shall be chosen from a list of two eligible persons
submitted by the New York state association of counties;

(vi) The member who is an incumbent mayor of a city or village of the
state shall be chosen from a list of two eligible persons submitted by
the New York state conference of mayors;

(vii) The member who is an incumbent chief executive officer of a town
of the state shall be chosen from a list of two eligible persons
submitted by the association of towns of the state of New York;

(viii) The governor may appoint any eligible person to be a member who
is an active member of a statewide labor organization representing
police officers;

(ix) The temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the
assembly shall each nominate one member as provided in subparagraph
(xii) of paragraph (a) of this subdivision; and

(x) the members who are listed in subparagraphs (xiii), (xiv), (xv),
and (xvi) of paragraph (a) of this subdivision shall be appointed by the
governor.

(d) In making such appointments, the governor shall select individuals
from municipalities that are representative, to the extent possible, of
the varying sizes of communities and law enforcement agencies in the
state.

(e) Any member chosen to fill a vacancy, including a vacancy in the
chairperson, created otherwise than by expiration of term shall be
appointed by the governor for the unexpired term of the member he is to
succeed. Any such vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the
original appointment.

(f) Any member who shall cease to hold the position which qualified
him for such appointment shall cease to be a member of the council.

3. Each member of the council shall have one vote, which shall not be
transferrable; provided, however, that the superintendent of state
police may designate a deputy superintendent to attend meetings as his
representative and cast his vote and the commissioner of police of the
city of New York may designate his first deputy commissioner, chief of
department or one of the five bureau chiefs to attend meetings as his
representative and cast his vote.

4. The governor shall designate from among the members of the council
a chairperson who shall serve at the pleasure of the governor. During a
vacancy of the chairperson the commissioner of the division of criminal
justice services shall serve as the temporary chairperson.

5. The law enforcement agency accreditation council shall meet at
least four times in a year. Special meetings may be called by the
chairperson and shall be called by him at the request of the governor or
upon the written request of ten members of the council. The council may
establish its own quorum rules and procedures with respect to the
conduct of its meetings and other affairs not inconsistent with law;
provided, however, that recommendations made by the council in
accordance with paragraph (c) of subdivision one of this section, or the
mandatory standards for hiring practices promulgated in accordance with
paragraph (d) of subdivision one of this section shall require the
affirmative vote of ten members of the council.

6. Membership on the law enforcement agency accreditation council
shall not constitute the holding of a public office, and members of the
council shall not be required to take and file oaths of office before
serving on the council.

7. The members of the law enforcement agency accreditation council
shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be allowed
their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their
functions hereunder.

8. No member of the law enforcement agency accreditation council shall
be disqualified from holding any public office or employment, nor shall
he forfeit any such office or employment, by reason of his appointment
hereunder.

9. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have
the following meanings:

(a) The term "law enforcement agency" shall mean any agency or
department of any municipality, any police district, or any agency,
department, commission, authority or public benefit corporation of the
state of New York employing a police officer or police officers as that
term is defined in paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (j), (k),
(l), (o), (p), (s), and (u) of subdivision thirty-four of section 1.20
of the criminal procedure law.

(b) The term "chief of police" shall mean a chief of police,
commissioner of police, or other official having equivalent cognizance,
jurisdiction, supervision and control of a police department of a
municipality of the state.

(c) The term "deputy sheriff" shall mean a deputy sheriff employed by
the sheriff's department of any county outside the city of New York who
has police officer status as defined in subdivision thirty-four of
section 1.20 of the criminal procedure law.

(d) The term "police officer" shall mean a police officer as defined
in subdivision thirty-four of section 1.20 of the criminal procedure
law.

10. On or before January first, nineteen hundred ninety, and on or
before January first of each succeeding year, the commissioner shall
report to the governor, temporary president of the senate and speaker of
the assembly on the operation and results of the accreditation program.
Such report shall identify these law enforcement agencies making
application for accreditation, the agencies so accredited, and the
fiscal impact on law enforcement agencies that have been accredited.

 

Meetings

The Council meets at least four times a year. Meetings occur at the Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, 80 South Swan St., Albany, N.Y. and are live-streamed.

 

Upcoming Meetings

Meetings begin at 10 a.m.

 

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2024

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2024

 

View meeting materials and live-stream information

Expenses

Members are not compensated for their service. The Division of Criminal Justice Services pays travel expenses for members to attend meetings.

  • FY23: $3,543.49
  • FY 24: $2,095.37 (as of 10-15-2023)
  • FY 25: $4,500 (projected)

Contact

Gabe Marruso

Office of Public Safety Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Program

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

80 South Swan St., Albany, NY 12210

518-485-1417

 

Media inquiries should be directed to [email protected] or 518-457-8828.