UNION, NJ – A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive to the Union Police Department on Sunday, March 25, to examine all aspects of the Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Director Daniel Zieser announced today.

“Verification by the team that the Union 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,"  Director Daniel Zieser said.

Administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas: the administrative function, the personnel function, the operations function, the investigative function, and the arrestee/detainee function.

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The Union Police Department must comply with over 100 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Director Zieser said,  “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.”

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 908-851-5265 on  Monday, March 26, 2018 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Email comments can be sent to the police department at Facebook@uniontownship.com

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 Union Police Department, located at 981 Caldwell Avenue.  Contact Sergeant Dorothy Mascidlo-Skiper at 908-851-5025 for more information.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Township of Union Police Department‘s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by email to Harry J. Delgado, Accreditation Program Manager, hdelgado@njsacop.org, by phone (856) 988-5880, or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

“The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies,” said Delgado. “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”.

Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting  to their 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 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12,Marlton, N.J. 08053