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Sheriff’s Office hailed for professionalism

Sgt. Kevin Scellen (left) of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office receives a certificate recognizing the accreditation of the agency’s Civil Division from Peter Kehoe (right), Executive Director of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, while Warren County Undersheriff Robert Swan (center) applauds.

Sgt. Kevin Scellen (left) of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office receives a certificate recognizing the accreditation of the agency’s Civil Division from Peter Kehoe (right), Executive Director of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, while Warren County Undersheriff Robert Swan (center) applauds. Photo by Thom Randall.

— A statewide law enforcement official praised the expertise of Warren County Sheriff’s Office Oct. 21 as the agency was presented with certificates documenting the recent accreditation of its civil division.

Peter Kehoe, executive director of New York State Sheriffs’ Association, delivered the praise and documentation to county leaders Friday.

Only 20 counties in the state, he said, have earned accreditation for their civil division.

“You have a very accomplished law enforcement agency here in Warren County,” Kehoe said, noting that the county Sheriff’s Office has now obtained accreditation for all its major divisions, including dispatching/communications, corrections, and law enforcement.

Civil Division chief Sgt. Kevin Scellen accepted a plaque and certificates from Kehoe on behalf of the county deputies performing civil duties: William Girard and Michael Nissen as well as Scellen.

Accreditation involved two inspectors from the Sheriffs’ Association spending several days in Warren County at the public safety headquarters, reviewing operations and documentation to make sure they meet or exceed 121 standards set by the statewide organization.

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