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Berkeley Heights, New Providence PD's Awarded State Accreditation

Police and Law Enforcement News
Thursday, February 9, 12:05 a.m.

West Trenton, NJ  -  The New Providence and Berkeley Heights Police Departments (Union County) became the fifth and sixth police agencies in New Jersey to receive State Accreditation under a program established over three years ago by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police [NJSACOP].


To be accredited, a department must comply with 146 specifically selected internationally accepted standards for the operation of police organizations, as well as submitting to an on-site review by an experienced team of independent law enforcement assessors. The assessment team examined all aspects of the Agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The department will be required to send annual reports to NJSACOP Accreditation Commission attesting to continued compliance with the standards, followed by a new assessment every three years.

The NJSACOP Commission approved the departments’ application at a Commission meeting today following a review of the reports filed by the assessors. Also approved for Accreditation at today’s meeting were the police departments from Stone Harbor (Cape May County) and Woodbury Heights (Gloucester County). These agencies join the Stafford Township (Ocean County) and Egg Harbor Township (Atlantic County) police departments as recipients of the Accredited status.

The NJSACOP has been accepted as a Partner with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies [CALEA®], the national law enforcement accrediting commission. Under the Alliance, agencies completing New Jersey accreditation are eligible for national CALEA Recognition. The status of Accreditation is granted for a period of three years. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary.

"This accreditation is a testament to the abilities of the department's dedicated staff, who protect their community 365 days a year," said NJSACOP Executive Director Mitchell Sklar.

Undergoing the voluntary state accreditation process provides an agency with a quality assurance review and encourages intense self-scrutiny that results in more efficient and effective daily operations. Becoming accredited by the commission is considered a significant accomplishment and the status is held in high esteem by the criminal justice community.

"By choosing to participate in the formal and thorough peer review, the Berkeley Heights and New Providence Police Departments can document to the residents of their communities that they adhere to high standards of professionalism and are among the finest in the state," said NJSACOP Accreditation Chairman Police Chief John Coyle.

The overall purpose of the accreditation program is to improve delivery of law enforcement service by offering a body of standards, developed by law enforcement practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date law enforcement topics. It recognizes professional achievements by offering an orderly and voluntary process for addressing and complying with applicable standards. Other potential benefits of accreditation include reduced liability insurance costs, administrative improvements, greater accountability from supervisors and increased governmental and community support.

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police was founded in 1912 as a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the people of New Jersey by advancing and elevating the standards and professionalism of law enforcement throughout the State.

Police and Law Enforcement News
Thursday, February 9, 12:05 a.m.


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