Monroe Township Police Department is currently seeking accreditation status with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. This process is managed out of the Training & Accreditation unit under the guidance of Captain Stephen Farrell and Ofc. Derrick Jacobus.
Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. 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 objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented.
Accreditation 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. This effort has resulted in the formation of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (NJLEAC), consisting of commissioners appointed by the (NJSACOP). Personnel from NJSACOP provide support services to the Commission and to 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 a crime-free environment for citizens, nor will it ensure an absence of litigation against law enforcement agencies and executives.
However, effective and comprehensive leadership through professionally based policy development is directly influenced by a law enforcement program that is comprehensive, obtainable and based on standards that reflect professional service delivery.
On October 9, 2014, members of administration and accreditation team reported to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation Commission, in South Brunswick NJ. The Commission conducted a review of the Assessment Report that was prepared by the assessors after our June on-site inspection and policy assessment.
The Monroe Township Police Department was unanimously approved by the Commission and is now an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency.
Chief McKeown would like to thank all members of The Monroe Township Police Department for making the changes to our agency possible. This was a transformational experience for all of us. Chief McKeown would also like to thank the Township Administration who supported this mission and the township workers who toiled to make structural upgrades a reality. Special thanks to our Accreditation Manager Captain Farrell and our Assistant Accreditation Manager Officer Jacobus for their relentless pursuit of quality improvement.
Members of the Monroe Township Police Department should take pride in knowing that you are a part of an elite group of police agencies that have achieved State Accreditation.