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Public input sought as Clinton Township Police Department seeks accreditation

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP), on Wednesday, May 29 will examine all aspects of the Clinton Township Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Clinton Township Police Chief Thomas A. DeRosa announced Wednesday.

“Verification by the team that the Township of Clinton 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,” DeRosa said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or e-mail. The public can call 908-735-6000 on Wednesday, May 29 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or e-mail comments to

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. Contact Detective Jennifer Pawlick at 908-735-6000 ext. 411 for information about the standards.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Clinton Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to e-mail Accreditation Program Director Harry J. Delgado at or write the New Jersey State Association Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

The Clinton Township Police Department must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accredited status.

“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,” DeRosa said.

“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,” Delgado said.

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 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053 or e-mail

Jay Edwards

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