February 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Police Department received its third consecutive accreditation award on Feb. 14 from the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP).
The New Providence Police Department was first accredited by NJSACOP in 2006, and has since maintained its accredited status. In order to maintain that status, an agency must be re-evaluated every three years. Less than half of all New Jersey police agencies are accredited by NJSCOP, and over 120 police agencies in NJ are currently in pursuit of that status.
Accreditation is a time proven way of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. It is a certification by an independent reviewing authority that an agency has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. The agency must provide compliance in a multitude of areas including training, equipment, criminal and traffic arrests, personnel procedures, record keeping and intelligence operations.
In June 2012, an NJSACOP assessment team conducted a two day assessment of the police department and all of its operations. The team’s inspection was thorough and focused on the agencies ability to achieve compliance with the standards. The assessment team reviewed 112 standards, conducted interviews with agency personnel, inspected equipment and facilities, and observed daily operations.
The overall accreditation process was managed by Lieutenant Theresa Gazaway, who has become well-known throughout the state amongst law enforcement accreditation professionals. Managing the accreditation process is a tedious and time consuming process that takes true dedication to an agency, said Chief Anthony D. Buccelli.
“I am very proud of the efforts of all of our police officers and civilian personnel,” Buccelli said. “All took part to make this happen and they continue to work hard to maintain our status. The detailed attention that our officers give our residents in time of need always seems to go above and beyond the call of duty.”