Residents asked to comment on Marlboro police

MARLBORO – A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Aug. 13 to examine all aspects of the Marlboro Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, according to a press release from the department.

“Verification by the team that the Marlboro Police Department continues to meet the association’s Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission’s ‘best practice’ standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve re-accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Police Chief Bruce Hall said.

As part of this final on-site assessment for re-accreditation, employees and members of the public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email. Members of the public may call 732-536-6914 on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Email comments may be sent to Lt. Allan Bilinski at abilinski@marlboropd.org

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the police department’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Marlboro Police Department, 1979 Township Drive, according to the press release.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the police department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may write to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, 11000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12, Marlton, NJ 08053.

The Marlboro Police Department must comply with 100 standards in order to achieve accredited status, 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,” police administrators said in the press release.

Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to its continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

“The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies,” NJSACOP Accreditation Program Manager Harry J. Delgado said. “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.”