SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department has gotten its accreditation from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police. 

"It's a system of checks and balances. That's what I like about it. This shows that our officers follow policy," said Police Chief Ted Conley at the Scotch Plains Township Council meeting on Tuesday. "It's like a college that gets its accreditation."

"An outside board determines if we have met standards on about 100 policies. The association will back us if we ever get sued," Conley added. "It's a big achievement. Last year, Officer (Beverly) Peal took over the process for me and did an outstanding job. This is something we are very proud of." 

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The accreditation gets renewed every three years.

"This is outstanding news. It confirms that our finest are really the finest," said Mayor Kevin Glover.

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.

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