By Will Davidwdavid@lohud.com SCARSDALE—After maintaining its national accreditation for two decades, the Scarsdale Police Department last week received a Gold Standard in public safety award in Scottsdale, AZ. The award was issued during the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) summer conference in Scottsdale. It is the seventh national accreditation award that the department has received for maintaining national police standards for 22 years. The force received its first formal award in 1990. The force is one of only five law enforcement agencies in New York State accredited by CALEA. Scarsdale similarly has the New York State accreditation from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. CALEA was created in 1979 as a law enforcement credentialing authority through the joint efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sherrifs’ Association (NSA), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).