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Lockport opts out of Police Department accreditation

The Lockport Police Department has decided to allow its state accreditation to lapse when the five-year designation expires next month.

A spokeswoman for the state Division of Criminal Justice Services said this week that Lockport withdrew in the wake of a January inspection. She said Lockport was not maintaining its program files in accordance with the 110 standards the state requires accredited agencies to obey.

"They want us to have a full-time officer doing compliance. The City of Lockport cannot afford a $100,000 guy to do that," said Common Council President and Police Board member David R. Wohleben.

The 151 accredited police agencies include the towns of Amherst, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Tonawanda and West Seneca and the cities of Niagara Falls and Tonawanda. The sheriff's offices in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties are also accredited.

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