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Public Can Give Input on Montville Police Assessment

Comments can be made via phone or written and mailed in.

The New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission will be doing an on-site assessment of the Montville Police Department as part of the accreditation process. The commission is administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, according to a public notice sent out by Lt. Andrew Caggiano.

They will come Monday to examine all aspects of the Montville Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services said Police Chief Richard Cook.

As part of the assessment, those who work in the police department and community members are invited to give comments to the accreditation assessors assigned to the on site assessment by calling 973-257-4119 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 9 – 11 a.m.

“Verification by the team that the Montville 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,” said Cook.

“The accreditation process is rigorous and includes a close examination of the agency’s written directive system, operation, and facility,” according Caggiano’s public notice.

Telephone comments can be up to five minutes long and “must address the agency’s ability to comply with the accreditation standards.” 

Written comments can be sent to New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12, Marlton, NJ 08053

Comments must comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Montville Police Department, 360 Route 202, Montville, NJ 07045. The local contact is Lieutenant Andrew Caggiano, who can be reached at 973-257- 4112.

“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 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,” said Harry J Delgado, Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

Accreditation is valid for a 3-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.

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