MILLBURN, NJ - In a press release from the Millburn Police Department, Chief Brian Gilfedder announced that a team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will be in town on Nov. 17 to examine every aspect of the Millburn Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

“Verification by the team that the Millburn 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," Gilfedder said in the release.

During the assesment, the Millburn Police Department must comply with 112 standards in order to achieve accredited status.

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Gilfedder added in the release, “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.” 

As part of the on-site assessment, department employees and township residents are invited by NJSACOP to provide comments to the assessment team by telephone or e-mail.  Residents may call (973) 951-3304 on Nov. 17 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. All e-mail comments can be sent to mazzopardi@millburntwp.org.

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Millburn Police Department, 435 Essex Street, Millburn.

Additionally, any residents wishing to submit comments about the Millburn Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by e-mail to Harry J Delgado, Ed.S. Accreditation Program Director, 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, NJ 08053.

Once achieved, 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.