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Monroe police department to be evaluated for accreditation

The Monroe police department is seeking reaccreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP).

A team of assessors from the group will examine all aspects of the Monroe department on Monday, June 12: policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

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“Verification by the team that the Monroe 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,” explained Police Chief Craig Monahan.

“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,” he added.

The Monroe department has been NJSACOP accredited since 2014. As part of its final, on-site assessment, employees and residents are invited to offer comments to the assessment team by telephone or email. Call (856) 728-9800, ext. 507 on Monday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Emails can be sent to Sgt. Eric Dare at edare@monroetwppd.org.

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. Contact Dare at (856) 728-9800,  ext. 581, for information about those requirements.

Written comments about the police department’s ability to comply with accreditation standards can be emailed to hdelgado@njsacop.org, or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, 08053.

Accreditation is valid for three years; during that time, the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited.


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