HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Township Police Department has been awarded New Jersey State Accreditation by the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police for the 3rd time in as many cycles, according to Police Chief Darren Powell.
Harry Delgado, Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police presented the re-accreditation certificate to the Township at the July 11 Township Committee meeting.
“Over the past several years, department personnel participated in a thorough and rigorous self inspection of department policy and operations, generally the primary functions performed by the department involving administration, patrol, investigations, traffic, and training,” Powell said.
To achieve accreditation, the department was required to comply with 105 different standards.
“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,” Powell said.
Areas examined included: police role and authority; organization and administration; direction; distribution of personnel; fiscal management; disciplinary procedures; recruitment and selection; training and career development; promotion processes; patrol operations; criminal investigations, juvenile operations; detainee processing and detention; internal affairs; public information; traffic operations; communication operations; police records; collection and preservation of evidence; and property and evidence control.
The Hillsborough Township Police Department is one of eight departments in Somerset County to have received accreditation.