MAYS LANDING - Sheriff Frank X. Balles announced last week that the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office received their Certificate of Accreditation from Harry J. Delgado, the Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

On Oct. 13, members of the Sheriff’s Office attended an official accreditation hearing in front of the New Jersey State Chief’s Association Commission Staff where they were praised for their agencies high level of efficiency and dedication to professional standards.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment by our office,” said Sheriff Balles. “Receiving accreditation by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police reaffirms the professionalism and standard of excellence of the day to day operations throughout our organization.”

Accreditation is a time-proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies to calculate and improve their overall performance and consistency. 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.

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 that has resulted in the formation of the NJSACOP Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. This commission consists 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.

“Accredited status represents a significant professional achievement and acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective,” Balles said. “The implementation of best practices in day to day policing is our ultimate goal.”

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