WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Woodland Park Police Department received its formal Accreditation as a Law Enforcement Agency at the Aug. 15 Borough Council meeting.

Under the direction of Police Chief Eileeen Tiernan, the department underwent this two-year process, working with the Rodgers Group, based in Island Heights, during which it updated every policy, procedure, rule and regulation.

Accreditation is the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. It is a proven management model that increases efficiency, improves services, reduces risk and lowers costs.

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"I'd like to thank every member of the police department for embracing this tedious project," said Chief Tiernan. "Its a proud moment."

Mayor Keith Kazmark noted that accredited departments provide a substantial insurance benefit. Accreditation limits an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met and independently verified.

"This top to bottom review of the Woodland Park Police Department raises the standard of expectations, excellence and service," he said. "This is a huge accomplishment and we are proud of this designation achieved."