PLAINFIELD, NJ - A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will examine all aspects of the Plainfield Police Division’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services on July 22, according to Public Safety Director Carl N. Riley.

“Verification by the team that the Plainfield Police Division meets the Commission's 'best practice' standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve and maintain accredited status, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Riley said.

Members of the public can provide comments by calling 908-753-3051 on July 23, from 9 to 11 a.m.  Email comments can be sent to the Plainfield Police Division at wtyler@ppdnj.com.

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Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standard’s manual is available on the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police website at www.njsacop.org. For more information, contact Lieutenant William Tyler of the Plainfield Police Division at 908-226-3909.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Plainfield Police Division’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation can send them by email to Harry J Delgado, Ed.S. Accreditation Program Manager, at hdelgado@njsacop.org, by phone 856-334-8943, or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chief’s of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North West, Suite 12, Marlton, NJ, 08053.

The Plainfield Police Division must comply with 105 standards in order to maintain its accredited status. Director Riley indicated, “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.”

According to Delgado, “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 back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.”

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.

For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, contact the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North West, Suite 12, Marlton, NJ, 08053.