An accreditation program has long
been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest
standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the
certification by an independent reviewing authority that
an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed
standards. Schools, universities, and hospitals are
some of the most well known organizations that are
required to maintain accreditation. Law enforcement
agencies in New Jersey can now attain accredited status
through the NJSACOP Law Enforcement Accreditation
Commission. Accreditation is a progressive and time
proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate
and improve their overall performances. Participating
agencies conduct a thorough self analysis to determine
how existing operations can be adapted to meet these
objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of
trained assessors verifies that applicable standards
have been successfully implemented. Accreditation status
represents a significant professional achievement.
Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of
policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and
The benefits of accreditation are many and will vary
from agency to agency. Accreditation increases the law
enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control
crime through more effective and efficient delivery of
law enforcement services to the community it serves.
Accreditation enhances community understanding of the
law enforcement agency and its role in the community, as
well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in
the policies and practices of the agency is increased.
Accreditation, in conjunction with the philosophy of
community policing, commits the agency to a broad range
of programs (such as crime prevention) that directly
benefit the public. Accreditation creates a forum in
which police and citizens work together to control and
prevent crime. The partnership will help citizens to
understand the challenges that confront law enforcement.
Law enforcement will, in turn, receive clear direction
from the community about its expectations. Thus, a
common set of goals and objectives will be arrived at
For the Chief, accreditation increases cooperation and
coordination with other law enforcement agencies and
other branches of the criminal justice system. The
accreditation process requires an in depth review of
every aspect of the agency’s organization, management,
operations, and administration to include:
• Establishment of agency goals and objectives with
provisions for periodic updating;
• Re-evaluation of whether agency resources are being
used in accord with agency goals, objectives, and
• Re-evaluation of agency policies and procedures,
especially as documented in the agency’s written
• Correction of internal deficiencies and inefficiencies
before they become public problems;
• The opportunity to reorganize without the appearance
of personal attacks.
The accreditation standards provide norms against which
agency performance can be measured and monitored over
time. Accreditation provides the agency with a
continuous flow of Commission distributed information
about exemplary policies, procedures and projects.
Accreditation provides objective measures to justify
decisions related to budget requests and personnel
policies. Accreditation serves as a yardstick to measure
the effectiveness of the agency’s programs and services.
The services provided are defined, and uniformity of
service is assured. Accreditation streamlines
operations, providing more consistency and more
effective deployment of agency manpower.
requires that agency policies and procedures are in
written form and are available to all agency personnel
at all times. Accreditation assures employees that every
aspect of the agency’s personnel system is in accord
with professional standards, and that the system is both
fair and equitable. The agency is compelled to operate
within specific guidelines. It is accountable to the
Commission. The agency must stay in compliance with
the standards set forth by the Commission in order to
retain its accreditation. The morale of the agency is
enhanced by increasing the employees’ confidence in the
effectiveness and efficiency of their own agency.
Operations become more streamlined and consistent.
Accreditation policies address officer safety issues and
provide for adequate training and equipment of the
officers. Accreditation is a coveted award that
symbolizes professionalism, excellence and competence.
Employees will take pride in their agency, knowing that
it represents the very best in law enforcement.
Police Department received initial recognition on July
26th, 2007, and was re-accredited
in June 2011. We continue to be a recognized
accredited law enforcement agency. We are under way for
our next re-accreditation in the year 2014.