WEST ORANGE NJ — A team of assessors from the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Nov. 4 to examine the West Orange Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. Accreditation status lasts for four years.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Council Chambers of Town Hall at 66 Main Street. The public may also comment by phone by calling 973-325-4036 on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Endorsement by CALEA is a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” said West Orange Police Chief James P. Abbott. Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, increased community advocacy and more confidence in our ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.”

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Telephone comments and appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.

Written comments can also be sent via Email to rmcdonald@wopd.org or to “Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.” at the following address:

10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320

Fairfax, Virginia

22030-2201

A copy of the standards is available at the West Orange Police Department, 60 Main Street.

For more information, contact the West Orange Police Accreditation office at 973-325- 4036.