MIDDLETOWN, NJ - A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Sunday, December 1, 2013, to examine all aspects of the Middletown Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Chief Robert Oches announced today.

“Verification by the team that the Middletown 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”, Chief Oches said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling (732) 615-2005 on Monday, December 2, 2013 between 9:00 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 Middletown Police Department, located at 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, New Jersey, 07748. The local contact is Deputy Chief Darren Schwedes, who can be reached at (732) 615-2073.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Middletown 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 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12, Marlton, New Jersey, 08053
The Middletown Police Department must comply with 100 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Chief Oches 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 accredited status”, Harry J Delgado stated.

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 legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the State of New Jersey. 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 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12, Marlton, New Jersey, 08053