WOODBRIDGE – The township’s police department is undergoing reevaluation for accreditation by the National Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Woodbridge Police Director Robert Hubner announced.
Beginning Monday, the CALEA team will undertake a full-scale examination of all aspects of the Woodbridge Police Department’s (WPD) policies, procedures, management, operations and support services. 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 Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. The Public session will take place in the Municipal Council Meeting Room, First Floor, Woodbridge Township Municipal Building located at 1 Main Street, Woodbridge.
Comments will also be accepted by telephone. The public may call 908-217-9745 on Tuesday, Dec. 10, between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.
A copy of the accreditation standards is available for public review at the Woodbridge Township Police Headquarters, One Main Street, Woodbridge, New Jersey. Contact Accreditation Manager Andrew Tuttle at (732) 634-7700 x2109.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Woodbridge Township Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line “Woodbridge NJ Police Department.”
“Verification by the CALEA team that the WPD meets the commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to reestablish accreditation – a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” said Hubner. “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.”
The Woodbridge Township Police Department has to comply with more than 480 standards in order to achieve CALEA re-accreditation status. Accreditation is for three years, during which time 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 on March 20, 1999 and re-accredited in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011.
The CALEA assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from out-of-state agencies who have received specialized assessor training from CALEA. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and locations where compliance can be witnessed. The team leader for the assessment is Special Agent Lloyd L. Coward, Jr., currently the Federal Protective Service (FPS) Executive Liaison to the United States Marshal Service and a CALEA assessor for 14 years (including eight years as a Team Leader.) Team Member for the assessment is Lieutenant Thomas Percich, a member of the St. Louis Metropolitian Police Department for 41 years and CALEA assessor since 2004.
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