The Utica Police Department's application for re-accreditation has been approved by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

While the UPD has been accredited twice in its history, it's the first time the department has successfully achieved re-accreditation.

In order to become accredited, law enforcement agencies must develop and implement policies and procedures to meet 133 standards that have been established by the DCJS.

Mayor Robert Palmieri stated, "This announcement is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of the Utica Police Department and Chief Mark Williams.  I want to thank Captain David Mickle and Officer David Poccia for their exceptional work in ensuring our application for re-accreditation was successful.  I am extremely proud of our Police Department."

Police Chief Williams said, "Our department is committed to having the accreditation standards to ensure we are providing the highest level of service to our community. Having gone through an extensive reassessment process with the State and successfully passing their requirements, it gives us validation for the good police work by our department members.

There are over 500 police agencies in the state and only 22% are accredited.