MIDDLESEX COUNTY — A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, to examine all aspects of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Sheriff Mildred S. Scott announced today.
“Verification by the team that the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office 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,” Sheriff Scott said.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling (732) 406-6803 on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 between 9:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M.
Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the office’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, located at 701 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick N.J. 08901. The local contact is Lieutenant Thomas Farrell, who can be reached at (732) 745-3166.
Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office’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 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053
The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office must comply with 100 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Sheriff Scott indicated, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the office, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the office’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.”
The Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado. “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement 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 to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status,” Harry J Delgado stated.
Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police through its New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the State of New Jersey. For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission please write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053
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