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Professional, Responsive, Progressive Policing for Our Rural Communities

Picture of Sheriff Whitcomb PortraitThe Mission of the Law Enforcement Divisions of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office is to provide for the peace and security of all residents of Cattaraugus County with particular emphasis on those areas where we are the primary law enforcement agency. This can best be accomplished by continually adjusting our responses to evolving needs in the area of law enforcement throughout the county.

We will enforce all the laws for which we are responsible in a fair and impartial manner at all times. We will at all times work in close cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in order to maintain the appropriate level of enforcement.

Accredited by The New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program

The New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (NYSLEAP) is a progressive and contemporary way of helping police agencies evaluate and improve their overall performance. It provides formal recognition that an organization meets or exceeds general expectations of quality in the field. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.

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The New York State program has four principle goals: To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies utilizing existing personnel, equipment and facilities to the extent possible, to promote increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies and other agencies of the criminal justice services, to ensure appropriate training of law enforcement personnel, and to promote public confidence.


The accreditation program is comprised of 110 standards and is divided into three categories. Standards in the administrative section have provisions for such topics as agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices, and records. Training standards encompass basic and in-service instruction, as well as training for supervisors and specialized assignments. Operations standards deal with such critical and litigious topics as high-speed pursuits, roadblocks, patrol and unusual occurrences. The Law Enforcement Division was initially accredited in 2008, and subsequently reaccredited in 2013 and 2018. 

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