WOODBRIDGE – The Woodbridge Police Department is in the process of reevaluation by the National Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA.) The CALEA team will undertake a full-scale examination of all aspects of the department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services beginning Dec. 11.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comment at a public information session scheduled for Monday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Woodbridge Township Main Library meeting room, First Floor, 1 George Frederick Plaza, Woodbridge.
“Verification by the team that the WPD meets the commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” said Chief William Trenery. “Accreditation is very important as it represents a way of measuring the WPD against nationally recognized standards, while fitting perfectly with the township’s commitment to continued professionalism.”
Trenery noted that the department must comply with more than 460 standards in order to achieve re-accreditation status. Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. The Woodbridge Police Department was initially accredited in March 1999.
According to Captain Margaret Schmidt, accreditation manager for the Woodbridge Township Police Department, the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. The CALEA assessors are: Chief Michael Bussiere, Lewiston, Maine and LT. Margaret Carroll, Manassas, Virginia.
Township residents unavailable to attend the public information session who would still like to offer comment may contact the assessment team at 1-732-589-4372 between 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. Telephone comment, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to ten minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Woodbridge Township Police Department Headquarters, 1 Main Street, Woodbridge, or by contacting Capt. Schmidt at 1-732-634-7700, extension 2335.
Written comments about the department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are may be sent to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155, or firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line “Woodbridge NJ Police Department.”)
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