VILLAS – A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on April 28, 2013, to examine all aspects of the Lower Township Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Chief Brian Marker announced April 19.
'Verification by the team that the Lower Township Police Department continues to meet 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 Marker said.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling 609-886-1619 extension 1t8 on April 29, 2013 between 9:oo a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
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 Lower Township Police Department, located at 405 Breakwater Rd. Erma, NJ 08204. The local contact is Captain William Mastriana, who can be reached at 609-886-1619 ext. 125,
Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Lower Township 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 moo Marlton, N.J. 08053
The Lower Township Police Department must continue to comply with 112 standards in order to achieve reaccredited status. Chief Marker 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. "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 reaccredited status", Harry J Delgado stated.