NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Harry Delgado of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police attended the Monday, Jan. 6 Borough Council Reorganization meeting to present the Certificate of Re-Accreditation to the Police Department.

Delgado explained that there are 560 agencies that are eligible to apply for accreditation in New Jersey, but only approximately 42 percent of those agencies have been able to successfully reach the accreditation due to the rigorous process. Furthermore, there are only six agencies in New Jersey which have achieved what the New Providence Police Department has achieved today, he said. Namely, the New Providence Police Department has completed five cycles of accreditation, a commitment that only five other agencies have succeeded in doing.

There are many advantages for being an accredited police department. Accredited agencies are better able to defend against lawsuits and citizen complaints. Accreditation provides objective evidence of the agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management and service delivery. Government officers can be more confident in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently. The accreditation embodies the community-oriented policing which is evident in New Providence. It creates a platform for the police and citizens to work together preventing costly legal challenges. Accreditation also provides the chief with an approved management system, Delgado said.

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Under the direction of Chief Antony Buccelli the New Providence Police Department has received its fourth re-accreditation which demonstrates the agency’s commitment to continue national best practices in the field of law enforcement. Subscribing to best practices leads to the best trained and most professional force, Delgado stated.

“It is the opinion of the assessment team that the New Providence Police Department is a highly professional and committed agency which exemplifies all of the tenets of Law Enforcement Accreditation.” Therefore, it is indeed my privilege, “on behalf of New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and the New Jersey Law Enforcement Commission to congratulate Chief Anthony Buccelli, Accreditation Manager Captain Theresa Gazaway, Borough Administrator Douglas Marvin, the members and staff of the New Providence Police Department,  the Mayor and council and those citizens they so proudly serve, for achieving their fourth re-accreditation, joining a very exclusive group of law enforcement agencies that have made this important commitment to excellence in policing,” Delgado concluded.