Certified Escort Vehicle?

I recently spotted this New York State Certified Escort vehicle in downtown Minneapolis. I thought it was odd for a vehicle to bear an official seal declaring it as such and it prompted me to question just what is a Certified Escort Vehicle? Who or what do they escort and why do they require a Certified Vehicle? If you can enlighten me, please do so in the comments.

Photograph of a New York State Certified Escort Vehicle in Downtown Minneapolis
New York State Certified Escort Vehicle

 

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