On Wednesday, June 13, 2019, the East Brunswick Police Department achieved “Police Agency Accreditation” through the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. This achievement culminates two years of preparation by the East Brunswick Police Department personnel, specifically the designed Accreditation Managers Captain Frank Sutter and Lieutenant Jason Fama. Accreditation requires compliance with the one hundred and twelve professional standards mandated by the Accreditation Board of Review. The review also includes an assessment of the police department’s physical facility, which includes detention holding areas, arrest processing facilities, interview rooms and the evidence storage vault. The final on-site evaluation for the police department was conducted on March 13th and 14th of 2019. During the final review two trained assessors appointed by the Accreditation Commission remain at the Police Department and conduct the assessment for two full days. The assessors interview officers and supervisors, inspect the facility and review numerous policies to verify that applicable standards have been successfully implemented.
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.