State accredits Buffalo police

The Buffalo Police Department has finally been accredited by outside evaluators.

The City Charter requires such accreditation, but the department had long ignored the mandate. That changed when Investigative Post reported the requirement in January 2017.

Since then, police officials have been working with a division of the state Department of Criminal Justice to review practices and policies. A state panel approved the accreditation at a meeting Thursday morning.

Most police departments seek the accreditation, which is good for five years. The objective is to improve the professionalism and efficiency of departments.