FAIRFIELD, NJ — Harry Delgado, accreditation program director New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, praised the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) this week for receiving reaccreditation.

During Monday’s township council meeting, Delgado congratulated Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna, Accreditation Manager Detective Robert Sanger, members of the FPD and the mayor and council for “joining a very exclusive group of law enforcement agencies that have made this important commitment to excellence in policing.”

Paraphrasing comments made by accreditation assessors, Delgado said that under Manna’s leadership, the FPD has demonstrated “commitment to maintaining accredited status and adhering to state and national best practices in the field of law enforcement.”

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According to Delgado, the FPD is considered a professional organization with disciplined and well-trained personnel whose leadership is progressive and forward thinking. The high level of competence, leadership and professionalism is evident within the agency, he said.

“It is the opinion of the assessment team that the FPD is a highly professional and committed agency which exemplifies all the tenets of Law Enforcement Accreditation at the state and national level,” he said. “There was not one single blemish, and this is remarkable.”

In his remarks, Delgado emphasized how research shows that accredited agencies have 11 percent fewer police professional liability claims, 18 percent fewer worker compensation claims and 31 percent fewer auto liability claims.

Explaining that there are 112 standards of compliance in New Jersey, Delgado noted that Fairfield was outstanding and even exceeded some of the requirements.

The FPD is one of only seven accredited companies out of 22 municipalities in Essex County. The other accredited organizations include the Belleville, Bloomfield, Maplewood, Millburn, Montclair and Nutley Police Departments.

Manna thanked the members of the administrative division for their help in the reaccreditation process.

In addition to Sgt. Christopher Niemiec, Officer R.J. Casendino and Det. Rob Sanger, who were present at Monday’s ceremony, Lt. Peter Pollack, Officer Stacy Chiarolanza and Sgt. Thomas Myers were also recognized.

Manna specifically acknowledged Sanger, accreditation manager, for his commitment to the project over the last few years.

“The department’s Accreditation Unit, led by Detective Robert Sanger, did a phenomenal job in maintaining the department’s accredited status,” said the chief.

According to a press release distributed by Manna following the ceremony, accreditation is a “progressive and time-proven way of helping a law enforcement agency to calculate and improve their overall performance.”

“The foundation of accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives,” the release states.