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Schenectady County lockup is top tier

State Sheriff’s Association awards correctional facility accreditation

Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino, center, is presented with a plaque by Peter Kehoe, executive director of the state Sheriff’s Association, after the county correctional facility received accreditation from the group.

Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino, center, is presented with a plaque by Peter Kehoe, executive director of the state Sheriff’s Association, after the county correctional facility received accreditation from the group.

— Two years ago, Dagostino began to focus efforts on complying with the standards. At first, some employees had a difficult time adapting to new procedures or accepting change, Barrett said. Once people started getting used to the new policies and standards though, he said corrections officers pulled together as a team.

“The department came together as family … it is something that everybody is very proud of,” Barrett said. “I was extremely thankful to Sheriff Dagostino for his commitment and dedication to this accreditation process.”

The facility has around 175 employees in its corrections division and the maximum capacity of the jail is 378 inmates.

Schenectady County Chairwoman Judith Dagostino applauded the department for obtaining accreditation.

“I am very, very proud and very happy that this occurred,” she said. “You have worked hard and should be honored.”

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