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State Preparedness Training Center receives accreditation

ORISKANY, N.Y. - The New York State Office of Homeland Security announced that the State Preparedness Training Center located in Oriskany, NY received Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Academy (CALEA) on December 6.

Accreditation establishes standards designed to increase effectiveness and efficiency, leading to excellence in management and service delivery.

Michael Balboni, Governor David A. Paterson’s Deputy Secretary for Public Safety said: “Once again New York State is leading the way for the nation with the CALEA accreditation of the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany. New York continues to raise the bar for multi-discipline training academies and this furthers Governor Paterson’s vision to develop the center into a facility capable of enhancing our first responders’ capabilities, bringing together police, fire, EMS, personnel among others to work and train in unison to better protect New Yorkers.”

Senator Joseph A. Griffo said, "With National recognition comes accreditation, and in turn, accreditation builds reputation, I'm grateful for the professionals who train the responders and lifesavers. They worked hard to get this achievement for our Upstate facility and deserve to be commended."

Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito said: “I am very pleased that the State Preparedness Training Center located here in Oneida County has received the accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Academy which fully recognizes that this multi-disciplined center is the first of it’s kind and will serve as a model for the rest of the nation, “I want to thank Governor Paterson and Secretary Balboni for keeping the state’s commitment to this Center and also to the people of the Mohawk Valley who are so pleased and honored to be the host community for the State Preparedness Training Center.”

Frank Tabert, OHS Deputy Director said: “Governor Paterson and the Office of Homeland Security are committed to New York's first responders by providing them with the very best in multi-discipline training at the Training Center. This accreditation is a significant accomplishment and demonstrates an adherence to the highest standards. We are very proud of this accomplishment and hope the people of the State are equally proud.”

The State Preparedness Training Center joins the New York City Police Department Training Academy, which was accredited in 2006, as one of only two training academies in the State of New York and the first multi-disciplined academy to receive this national accreditation.

To be accredited, the Center had to comply with 182 internationally accepted standards for the operation of a training center. In addition, the center submitted to an on-site review by an experienced team of independent assessors. The assessment team examined all aspects of the training center to include policies, procedures, management, operations and support services.

The New York State Office of Homeland Security directs and coordinates a comprehensive counter-terrorism and “all -hazards” prevention, preparedness, and
response strategy to protect the people of New York State.

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