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Residents may comment on police accreditation

FREEHOLD — A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will be in town on Jan. 20-21 to examine all aspects of the Freehold Borough Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Police Chief Glenn Roberts announced in a press release.

“Verification by the team that the 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,” Roberts said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team.

Comments will be accepted from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 21 by phone at 908-670-0842 or by email at wodellm@freeholdpolice.org. Telephone comments will be 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 police department, 36 Jackson St. For more information, contact Lt. Mark Wodell, accreditation manager, at 732-462-1233, ext. 121.

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

The police department must comply with 105 standards in order to achieve accreditation, according to the press release.

“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,” Roberts said.

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