Cranford PD working on new accreditation

CRANFORD, NJ — A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will arrive Sunday, Feb. 7, to examine all aspects of the Cranford Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. As part of this on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team by telephone or email.

The Cranford Police Department was initially accredited in December 2006, and reaccredited in 2009 and 2012. This will be the agency’s third application for reaccreditation. The department must comply with 105 standards to achieve accredited status.

According to Wozniak, “Verification by the team that the Cranford Police Department meets the Commission’s ‘best practice’ standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve reaccreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.”

The public may call 908-272-8178 on Monday, Feb. 8, between 10 a.m. and noon. Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. For a copy of the standards, which is available for inspection at the Cranford Police Department, 8 Springfield Ave., Cranford, contact Det. Sgt. Gerard Quinn at 908-709-7337.

To offer written comments about the Cranford Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation write to: New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053. 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.