Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Fairfield (NJ) Chief of Police Anthony Manna announced today that a team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive in Fairfield on Thursday, April 21, 2022, to examine all aspects of the Fairfield Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.


“Verification by the team that the Fairfield Police Department meets the Commission’s “best practice” standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve re-accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” said Chief Manna.


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 email. The public may call (973) 276-3504 on Thursday, April 21, 2022, between the hours of 10am and 11am. Email comments can be sent to police@fairfieldnj.org.


Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Fairfield Police Department. Please contact Sergeant RJ Casendino or Officer Stacy Chiarolanza at (973) 227-1400.


Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Fairfield Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email 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 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

The Fairfield Police Department must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accreditation status. Chief Manna indicated, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, it reduces risk and liability exposure for the township, stronger defenses against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.”


The Accreditation Program Director for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado, Ed.S. “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status”, Harry J Delgado stated.


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 email hdelgado@njsacop.org



Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna


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