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Oneida County Sheriff's civil division receives state designation

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Oneida County Sheriff's Office received a special honor at the Oneida County Board of Legislators meeting, Wednesday.

The Civil Division of the Office was officially awarded accreditation from the New York State Sheriff's Association.

Peter Kehoe, the Executive Director of the NYS Sheriff's Association, was at the Oneida County Office Building to present Sheriff Robert Maciol, administrative staff, and County Executive Anthony Picente with a plaque representing the official accreditation for the Civil Office.

The accreditation is a "seal of approval that brings state-wide recognition to efforts made by Sheriff Maciol and his staff to make the civil division a truly professional operation, which is responsive to the needs of the people of Oneida County," said Kehoe.

In order to earn the accreditation, a division of a County Sheriff's Office must meet or exceed 121 individual standards, as determined by the State Sheriff's Association. This makes it a difficult task, but one that Oneida County passed with flying colors.

"This is a great day for the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, specifically our civil division," said Sheriff Maciol. "Out of the 62 counties in New York State, we are now the 25th county to be accredited, so [apart of] only half around the state."

Sheriff Maciol also stated that the accreditation was made possible because of hundreds of men and women who work hard every day to make the Sheriff's Department what it is. He said that the honor will help his office to maintain its clear sense of purpose and professionalism.

The Civil Office assessment is now valid for the next five years.

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