December 26, 2012

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Ulster County Sheriff’s Office is awarded reaccreditation

KINGSTON – The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division has been granted reaccreditation by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

The process involved an on-site evaluation by an assessor from the Accreditation Unit of the DCJS, the state’s criminal justice support office to all law enforcement agencies in New York.

The assessor inspected the sheriff’s office headquarters and examined equipment and personnel and carried out an in-depth review of policies and procedures. Managerial and operational functions in the sheriff’s office were also assessed.

As an accredited law enforcement agency, the sheriff’s office must meet 130 individual standards set by the Accreditation Council.

The Ulster Sheriff’s Office is among 142 accredited agencies in the state.

The department, which also houses the Ulster County Emergency Response Team, Search and Rescue Unit and the URGENT drug and gang task force, first gained the accreditation in 1992 under former Sheriff Michael LaPaglia and continued as an accredited agency under Sheriff J. Richard Bockelmann, Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum’s predecessor.

Van Blarcum, center, accepting the certificate


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