Randolph Township, NJ- A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Monday Jan. 30 to examine all aspects of the Randolph Township Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Chief David Stokoe announced today.  
“Verification by the team that the Randolph Township 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”, Chief Stokoe said.


As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the accreditation assessors assigned to the on-site assessment by calling (973) 989-7038 on Monday January 30, 2017 between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.


Telephone comments are limited to 5 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 Randolph Township Police Department 502 Millbrook Ave. Randolph, NJ. The local contact is Dr. Bonnie Yeager, who can be reached at (973) 537-7110.
Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Randolph Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program manager at hdelgado@njsacop.org or write the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053. 

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The Randolph Township Police Department must comply with 105 standards in order to achieve accredited status.  Chief Stokoe indicated, “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.” 


The Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado, Ed.S. “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies. 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”, Harry J Delgado stated.


Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police through its New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the state of New Jersey. For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission please write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053 or email hdelgado@njsacop.org.