EDISON—A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP), will arrive on Sunday, Oct. 4, to examine all aspects of the Edison Township Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Director Brian Collier announced Wednesday.
“Verification by the team that the Edison Police Department meets the commission’s ‘best practice’ standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Collier said.
If members of the public would like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by telephone. The public may call 1-732-404-8675 on Monday, Oct. 5 between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon. Email comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Edison Police Department, 100 Municipal Drive. Contact the accreditation office at 1-732-248-7431.
Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Edison Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to write: New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at One Greentree Center, Suite 201, Marlton, N.J. 08053
The Edison Police Department has to comply with 112 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Collier indicated, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.”
The Accreditation Program Manger for the Edison Police Department is Sergeant Michael Loreti. He said, “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed. Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status”, Loreti stated.
Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at One Greentree Center, Suite 201, Marlton, N.J. 08053
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