GPD accreditation ahead of schedule

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Police Department will be going forward with an accreditation earlier than expected.

During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, Police Chief Marc Porter announced that his department will be going forward with an accreditation assessment Sept. 19, 20 and 21. The department was originally slated to have the inspection in October, but move the date up for operational reasons.

Porter said there will be a three-person assessment team from the Department of Criminal Justice Services in the department on those dates in the office.

There was a mandatory site visit in May. On Tuesday, Porter and Capt. Michael Scott met with two of the three assessors, including the Washington County Sheriff and a major from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

“I look forward to the onsite full assessment,” Porter said.

The department was previously fully accredited from 1997 to 2012. Porter said he is looking forward to getting the department’s re-accreditation.

“I look forward to showcasing the hard work and effort that has gone into this,” Porter said.

Porter said the accreditation process allows the department to demonstrate through written directives and documentation that they are in compliance with 110 standards for conducting as a law enforcement agency in the state.

“There are more critical directives such as non-agency property, use of force, training, firearms, accounting and finance,” Porter said. “All the way down to what needs to be in a patrol car, uniforms and dress; and performance appraisals.”

Porter said having accreditation gives the department something to show for their work.

Porter also read a proclamation for police officer Dennis Smith who retired from the district after 20 years of service. Smith was unable to make it to Tuesday’s meeting, but Porter said that was not going to stop him from reading the proclamation.

Porter said Smith began his career with the city police on Aug. 31, 1997.

“Dennis Smith took an oath to support the constitution of the state of New York and to support the constitution of the United States, an oath he never broke. Whereas, Dennis Smith kept faith with the public who he honorably served for 20 years,” Porter read from the proclamation.

Porter said Smith provided training and guidance to the department’s recruit officers as a certified general topics instructor and emergency vehicle operator instruction.

Smith was an original member of the Glove Cities Emergency Response team, which he served on for several years Porter said.

Porter said there was a small ceremony in the police station for Smith on Sept. 8.

“We wish Dennis Smith and his family the very best in his retirement,” Porter said.

Kerry Minor can be reached at [email protected]

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