SOMERVILLE, NJ - The public is invited to critique or applaud the performance of the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office as part of an assessment by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Feb. 18 to examine all aspects of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

“This office received the distinct honor of being an accredited law enforcement agency several years ago, a status it seeks to maintain," Robertson said. "The accreditation process is something this Office and its staff are extremely proud to participate in, as it establishes accountability as well as producing an effective and efficient way of providing services to the community.  By voluntarily attaining accreditation, we demonstrate our continued interest to achieve professional excellence.” 

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 As a 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 email. The public may call 908-575-3407 on Feb.18 between 9-11 a.m. Email comments can be sent to catterson@co.somerset.nj.us.  

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with more than 100 NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, located at 40 North Bridge St. Contact Lieutenant Catterson, Accreditation Manager at 908-575-3300.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by email to Harry J. Delgado, Accreditation Program Manager, hdelgado@njsacop.org or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

 “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 Associate 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.