ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Monday, January 7, 2019, to examine all aspects of the The Atlantic Highlands Police Department, policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Jerry Vasto announced today.
“Verification by the team that the Atlantic Highlands 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 Vasto said.
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 Atlantic Highlands Police Department, 100 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716. Please contact Captain David W. Rossbach at 732-291-1212 for a copy of the standards.
The Atlantic Highlands Police Department must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accredited status. Chief Vasto 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 Director for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado, Ed.S. “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.