CHATHAM, NJ - A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Monday, September 24th to examine all aspects of the Chatham Borough Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Brian Gibbons announced.

“Accreditation is a voluntary process by which the agency invites in a team of highly trained and experienced assessors to inspect and verify that the members of the Chatham Borough Police Department meet the Commission’s standards of best practice in law enforcement. Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Chief Gibbons said. “Once reaccredited, the Chatham Borough Police Department must also submit to annual reports verifying maintenance of its accredited status.”

The public is invited to offer comments directly to the assessment team by calling 973-701-6838 on Monday, September 24th, 2018 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. or by emailing your comments to the police department at mbochniak@chathampd.org

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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 standards is available at the Chatham Borough Police Department, 54 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham, N.J. 07928. Please contact Michael Bochniak at 973-701-6850 for more information.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Chatham Borough Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by email to Harry J Delgado, Ed.S., Accreditation Program Manager, 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, N.J. 08053.

The Chatham Borough Police Department must comply with 105 standards in order to achieve accreditation status. Chief Gibbons indicated, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, mitigates risk and liability, provides a stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increases community advocacy, and strengths confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and effectively while responding to community needs.”