The below caption was taken from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.
Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies to calculate and improve their overall performance. The foundation of Accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these standards and objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained, independent assessors verifies that the applicable standards have been successfully implemented.
Accredited status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.
The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police has pursued the concept and development of a voluntary statewide law enforcement accreditation program for New Jersey which has resulted in the formation of the NJSACOP Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, consisting of commissioners with the overall responsibility of adoption of program standards, as well as review of all assessment reports and approval of all recommendations for the granting of accredited status of applicant agencies.
The attitudes, training and actions of personnel of New Jersey's law enforcement agencies best reflect compliance with the standards contained in this program. Policy and procedure based on Accreditation will not insure mistake-free policing or a crime-free environment for citizens. Nor will it ensure an absence of litigation against law enforcement agencies and executives. However, comprehensive and effective leadership through professionally based policy development is directly influenced by a law enforcement program that is thorough, complete, and obtainable, and based on standards that reflect professional best practices.
On April 14, 2011, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and the New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, by unanimous vote granted the Medford Police Department their official accreditation status. The Commission hearing was held in Princeton, NJ. Chiefs, Executive Officers and staff from Law Enforcement agencies throughout the state attended the hearing.
Harry Delgado, NJSACOP Accreditation Program Manager explained the significance of accreditation and what it means to both the Police Department and residents of Medford Township.
“This coveted accreditation status represents a significant benchmark accomplishment in the professional performance of any law enforcement agency. It signifies a level of professional organization and a commitment to excellence in law enforcement that very few other policeagencies have achieved.”
In 2015 and 2017, the Medford Township Police Department maintained their accredited status upon completing both on and off-site assessments. Medford is due for reassessment again in 2020.