DENVILLE, NJ – A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will examine all aspects of the Denville Township Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services on Mon., Nov. 16, Chief Frank Perna announced in a statement on Nov. 4.

“Verification by the team that the Denville Township 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,” said Perna.

Perna 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.”

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As part of the final onsite assessment, Perna invited employees and members of the public to provide comments to the assessment team by phone or email on Mon., Nov. 16. Comments must address the Denville Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP’s standards for accreditation. A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Denville Township Police Department (1 St. Mary’s Place, Denville, NJ 07834). Captain Jeffrey Tucker can be contacted at 973-627-4900 x 334 for more information.

Comments by phone can be made 11 a.m. - 12 p.m, dialing 973-664-6991. Telephone comments must be no longer than five minutes.

Anyone who wishes to offer written comments can email the accreditation program director at or write the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, NJ 08053.

Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the department must submit annual reports attesting to its continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited.


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