Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

The NJSACOP will examine all aspects of the Moorestown Township Police Department.

A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Sunday, Jan. 20, to examine all aspects of the Moorestown Township Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Lee R. Lieber announced on Dec. 13.

“Verification by the team that the Moorestown Township 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,” Lieber said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email. The public may call (856) 235–1405 Ext. 4320 on Monday, Jan. 21 between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. Email comments can be sent to accreditation@moorestownpd.com.

Telephone comments are limited to five 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 Moorestown Police Department located at 1245 N. Church Street. Please contact Lt. Michael W. Maahs at (856) 914–3040.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Moorestown Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program Director 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 Moorestown Police Department must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accredited status.

“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,” Lieber said.

The Accreditation Program Director for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado, Ed.S said 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,” Delgado said.

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.

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