HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - An accreditation team from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will visit police headquarters on Monday, March 9th to examine all aspects of the Hillsborough Township Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, according to Chief Michael McMahon.

“Verification by the team that the Hillsborough 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," McMahon said.

 As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team by telephone or email.The public may call 908-369-4323, extension.7646 on Monday, March 9th,between 10-11 a.m. Email comments can be sent to mcmahonm@hillsboroughpd.org.

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Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with the NASACOP standards.

A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Hillsborough Township Police Department, 379 South Branch Road. Contact McMahon at 908-369-4323 extension.7615 for more information.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the department's ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program director at hdelgado@nisacop.org or write to the NASACOP,Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, New Jersey 08053.

The Hillsborough Township Police Department must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accredited status, according to McMahon.

"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," he said.

The Accreditation Program Director for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Harry J Delgado.

"The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies," Delgado said. "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 added.

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.