QUEENSBURY - The Warren County law enforcement team was publicly praised Friday as the top executive of the New York State Sheriffs' Association formally renewed his agency's accreditation of the county jail.
"I congratulate Sheriff Bud York and the Warren County Sheriff's Office for another outstanding achievement," Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe said to assembled county supervisors.
Warren County was one of the first jails to be accredited by the association in the state, and now 10 years later is one of only 20 to qualify for accreditation out of the 62 county jails in the state, he said. Jail accreditation means the jail operation must meet or exceed stringent standards for 166 different criteria, he said.
This certification for Warren County means its citizens are safer, its jail inmates have a greater likelihood of successful rehabilitation and the jail operations are more efficient and save taxpayers' money, Kehoe said as he recognized Sheriff York, Jail Administrator Captain Michael Gates, Lt. Albert Maday and Sergeant John Dann.
Warren County law enforcement team has proven its professionalism in other ways, Kehoe said.
"Warren County hasn't limited its pursuit of excellence to the field of corrections," he said.
The county sheriff's dept. was one of the first police agencies in the state to receive accreditation of its law enforcement division, a status which it has maintained since, and the county has also upheld continuous accreditation for its civil division and its dispatch division.
"These are very significant accomplishments, unmatched by most other counties," he said. "Your sheriff's office is held in very high regard throughout the state and even on a national level."
Kehoe said Warren County had shown its leadership by being the first county to establish 911 emergency service, and the first to offer enhanced 911 with instantaneous telephonic address and name identification.
The county is also one of the few that's successfully pursued police department consolidation and has achieved multiple accreditation, Kehoe said.
"Yours is a progressive sheriff's office which has set the pace for others to follow," he said.