MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Police Department has achieved accreditation, according to Harry J. Delgado, Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. The announcement was made at the Sept. 12 Montville Township Committee meeting.
The accreditation process involved an on-site visit with a stringent list of 105 checkpoints, and the MTPD received a perfect score on every point, Delgado said, which is something fewer than one percent of applying agencies achieve.
“We believe that the Montville Township Police Department works every day to be an asset to the community, strives to live up to their professional responsibilities and prides itself on its relationship with the public,” Delgado said. “The department strives daily to uphold its mission statement which centers around bolstering its partnership with the community to promote a safe environment free of crime, maintain order and provide for a safe and expeditious flow of traffic. The high level of competence, leadership and professionalism, especially at the command staff level was evident within the agency. Officers are forward thinking, engaged in self improvement, and committed to delivering excellence in policing.”
Mayor Jim Sandham said, “We’re very proud of our police department protecting our citizens every day.”
Chief Rudy Appelmann said, “I accept this honor on behalf of all of our officers and their efforts every day.”
Delgado said benefits of accreditation include 11% fewer police professional liability claims, 18% fewer worker compensation claims, and 31% fewer auto liability claims. Municipalities with accredited police departments that participate in a joint insurance fund stand to receive substantial insurance premium discounts, he said.
Township Administrator Victor Canning announced that NJ Monthly magazine has ranked Montville Township the 36th best place to live in its annual ranking of the 100 best towns. He also announced the township has retained its AAA bond rating for the fifth year in a row, which is a cost savings to tax payers in favorable interest rates.
“It puts us in a rare place,” Canning said.
Township Attorney Fred Semrau announced that routing changes for the electrical lines project in Montville Township were not on the version of the proposal that Judge McGee forwarded to the Board of Public Utilities, but this was detected and changed by JCP&L.
Kulsum Amer was sworn in to the Affordable Housing Committee and Gul Khan was sworn in to the Open Space Committee.