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May 15, 2019 -Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

(Bridgewater Township / Somerset County, NJ) A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Monday, May 20th, 2019 to examine all aspects of the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Alfred Nicaretta announced today.


“Verification by the team that the Bridgewater 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”, Chief Nicaretta said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email. The public may call 908-429-8455 on Monday, May 20th between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Email comments can be sent to the Accreditation Manager Lt. Michael Packwood mpackwood@bridgewaterpd.com.


Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Bridgewater Township Police Department Records Bureau 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, N.J. Please contact the Accreditation Office at 908-722-4111 x4150.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for Accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program manager at hdelgado@njsacop.org or write the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.


The Bridgewater Township Police Department’s must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accredited status. Chief Nicaretta 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 Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado, Ed.S. “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 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053 or email hdelgado@njsacop.org

PUBLIC NOTICE


The Bridgewater Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of its program to achieve accreditation by verifying that it meets recognized professional best practices.


Administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas: the administrative function, the personnel function, the operations function, the investigative function, and the arrestee/detainee function.


Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 908-429-8455 on Monday, May 20th between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Email comments can be sent to the police department at Lt. Michael Packwood mpackwood@bridgewaterpd.com.


Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Bridgewater Township Police Department Records Bureau 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, N.J. Please contact the Accreditation Office at 908-722-4111 x 4150.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for Accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program manager at hdelgado@njsacop.org or write the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

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