FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia
Tina Casey

Union County Police Department Accreditation Invites Public Comment


Union County, NJ – A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) is scheduled to perform an on-site assessment of the Union County Police Department on Thursday, December 13, 2012. The process includes an examination of the Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations and support services, as well as public comments by phone or mail.

Accreditation from NJSACOP signifies that a police department has voluntarily achieved 112 goals recognized by expert law enforcement professionals.

The assessment team includes law enforcement practitioners who will review written materials, conduct interviews, and visit offices and other locations where compliance with the standards can be observed.

After assessment is complete, the team will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the Police Department is granted accredited status.

As part of the on-site assessment, Police Department employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling 908-368-7882 on Friday, December 14, 2012 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.

Alternatively, written comments regarding the Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may be submitted to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, at One Greentree Centre, Suite 201 Marlton, NJ 08053.

A copy of the standards is available at the Union County Police Department located at 300 North Ave East, in Westfield.  For more information call Lt. Dean Falzarano at (908) 789-6832.

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 accreditation agency in the state of New Jersey. For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at One Greentree Centre, Suite 201, Marlton, N.J. 08053

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