Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Bridgeton, Cumberland County, NJ- A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) on Monday, November 30, will examine all aspects of the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, Investigation Division’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announced last week.

“Verification by the team that the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, Investigation Division 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”, Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or e-mail. The public may call 609-868-6015 on Monday November 30, between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. E-mail comments can be sent to franksa@co.cumberland.nj.us.

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. Please contact Detective Frank Sabella at 856-453-0486, ext. 13624, for information about the standards.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, Investigation Division’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to e-mail 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 Rte 73 North, Ste 12 Marlton, NJ 08053.

The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, Investigation Division must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accredited status. Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae indicated, “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.”

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 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053 or e-mail hdelgado@njsacop.org

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