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Prosecutor Robeson, Chief Drew announce Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office law enforcement accreditation

FLEMINGTON, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renée M. Robeson and Chief of Detectives Timothy J. Drew announce that on Nov. 8, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office received the official accreditation award from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) at the Hunterdon County Commissioners meeting.

The first law enforcement agency in Hunterdon County to achieve accreditation, Prosecutor Robeson and Chief Drew accepted the award from Harry J. Delgado, who serves as the NJSACOP Accreditation Program Manager.

The issuance of this official award follows the Accreditation Board Meeting held on October 12, 2023, where Board Members unanimously approved the accreditation of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.

“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.” Prosecutor Robeson also stated, “I would like to thank the Building and Maintenance Department, the Hunterdon County Communications Center, the IT department, and certainly the Board of Commissioners for their support during this process.   And my thanks to the members of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.  Achieving this goal is a testament to the entire office – a team of professional men and women that we are fortunate to have serve our community each day,” Robeson said.

“The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to providing the highest standard of public service through effective investigations and prosecution.  Achieving NJSAPCOP Accreditation is yet another example of this commitment,” Drew said.

The NJSACOP Accreditation Program currently consists of one hundred and twelve (112) professional standards, many of which have multiple objectives. These standards address five (5) primary areas, which include Administration, Personnel, Operations, Investigative, and Arrestee functions.

The accreditation process involves an in-depth self-analysis of agency operations to ensure that policies and performance are current and consistent with best practices for law enforcement in the state of New Jersey.

At the conclusion of this self-analysis period, a team of independent assessors from the NJSACOP conduct off-site and on-site audits of agency operations to validate that performance is consistent with professional standards. To become accredited, the assessors must approve office policies, and verify through definitive proof of adherence to those policies.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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