SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department has officially received its accreditation from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police as it was presented with a certification at the Scotch Plains Council Conference meeting on Tuesday evening. 

"It's been a long time coming (to reach this status)," said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley, who credited Scotch Plains Lieutenant Beverly Peal for her role throughout the process. "This is a tremendous honor and something we are very proud of."

Only about one-third of the law enforcement departments in the State of New Jersey have achieved the status of accreditation, which gets renewed every three years. 

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"This is a significant accomplishment," said Township Manager Al Mirabella while congratulating the entire police department. "I really want to congratulate Chief Conley and Lieutenant Peal on their efforts."

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police developed a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program that sets standards for departments statewide. The attitudes, training and actions of personnel of New Jersey's law enforcement agencies best reflect compliance with the standards of this program. Policy and procedure based on accreditation does not insure mistake-free policing or a crime-free environment for citizens, nor does it mean an absence of litigation against law enforcement agencies. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.