The public invited to comment on BPD accreditation

Residents can leave telephone or email comments

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Assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on July 26 to examine the Bayonne Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Robert Geisler announced.

“Verification by the team that the Bayonne 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,” Geisler said.

As part of this final onsite assessment, employees and members of the public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team calling 201-436-4769 on July 26 between 10 and 11 a.m. or emailing accreditation@bayonnepd.org.

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. Contact Captain William Parsley at 201-858-6929 for information about the standards.

Those with written comments about the Bayonne Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation can email them to the Accreditation Program Director at hdelgado@njsacop.org or write the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

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The BPD must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accredited status.

“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,” Geisler said.

The Accreditation Program Director for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Harry J Delgado, Ed.S.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies. 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 will report to the full Commission, which will decide if the agency is to be granted accreditation. Accreditation is valid for three years during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to its continued compliance.

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police through its New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission is the accreditation agency in New Jersey.

For more information, write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.