SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office has been approved for reaccreditation by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

The three-year accreditation renewal certificate was presented at the June 13 freeholders meeting by Harry Delgado, NJSACOP accreditation program manager.

Mr. Delgado made the presentation to Sheriff Frank Provenzano; Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione; Col. Roy Gandolfe; Col. Richard Borden; Capt. Steve SanAntonio, accreditation manager; and Sgt. Michael DiGuilio, assistant accreditation manager.

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“We are very proud of our Sheriff’s Office and the high standards it maintains,” Scaglione said. “The accreditation process is a difficult and demanding one. We congratulate, thank and applaud the Sheriff’s Office.”

According to Mr. Delgado, achieving accredited status embodies an effective leadership through professionally based policy development and is directly influenced by a law enforcement program that is thorough, complete and obtainable based on standards that reflect professional best practices. 

The accreditation program consists of 105 professional standards, many of which have multiple objectives.  The program consists of five primary areas, including administrative, personnel, operations, investigative and the handling of arrests.

Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies to calculate and improve their overall performance. The foundation of accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives.  Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these standards and objectives. When procedures are in place, a team of trained, independent assessors verify that applicable standards have been successfully implemented.

Accredited status represents a significant professional achievement.  Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office was originally accredited on May 24, 2012 and was approved for reaccreditation by the NJSACOP on March 9, 2017. 

“The accreditation process is extremely challenging and requires lots of time on behalf of sheriff’s office personnel to meet the necessary principles to qualify,” said Provenzano. “I am thankful to my staff for buying in, which allowed for the smooth adaptation of the accreditation program policies and procedures.”