The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services has certified the Ithaca Police SWAT Team, the culmination of a two-year application process.
That makes the Ithaca team one of only seven in the state with this certification.
The state reviews organization, training, fitness, equipment, planning, and debriefing, among its criteria.
The certification is good for two years, then the team can reapply.
City police and county deputies make up the Ithaca team.