MILLTOWN, NJ - The Milltown Police Chief Brian Knelle announced on Friday that a team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will be visiting the MPD on March 23 to examine all aspects of the department's policies, procedures, management, operations and support services.

"Verification by the team that the Miltown Police Department meets the Commission's 'best practices' standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence," Knelle said.

An important part of the final on-site assessment, includes comments from residents. So, the Milltown Police Department is inviting the public to provide comments by telephone or email. Phone calls can by made on Monday, March 23 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. by calling 732-828-2100 extension 140.

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Emailed comments can be sent to Lt. Chris Johnson at cjohnson@milltownpd.org. Written comments regarding the Milltown Police Department's ability to comply with the standards for accreditation can be emailed to the Accreditation Program Director at hdelgado@njacop.org. Comments can also be sent by regular mail to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, NJ, 08053.

Phone calls are limited to five minutes per caller. All telephone calls, emailed and written comments on the Milltown Police Department must pertain to the NJSACOP LEAP standards. A copy of the NJSACOP LEAP standards is available at the Milltown Police Department. Residents can see a copy by calling Lt. Johnson at 732-828-2100.

In order to achieve accredited status, the Milltown Police Department must meet the NJSACOP LEAP standards.

"Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increases community advocacy and more confidence in the agency's ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs," Knelle explained.

"The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies," said the Accreditation Program Director for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Harry J. Delgado. "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."

Once achieved, accreditation status is valid for three years. During that time frame, the newly accredited agency must continue to submit annual reports showing it remains in compliance with the NJSACOP LEAP standards