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State Association of Police Chiefs to Scrutinize Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office for Accreditation

The team of assessors will accept public comment via phone on Monday, Oct. 22.

A team of assessors from the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will examine all aspects of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, and will be taking input from the public, First Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The team will arrive on Sunday, Oct. 21, and will take calls from the public on Monday, Oct. 22, between 9:30 and 11 a.m., Ruberton said. Agency employees and members of the community can call 609-909-7733 to offer comments, Ruberton said. Comments are limited to five minutes, and must address the Prosecutor’s Office’s ability to comply with NJSACOP standards, a copy of which is located at the Prosecutor’s Office at 4997 Unami Boulevard, Mays Landing, New Jersey.

Timothy Alexander is the local contact, and can be reached at 609-909-7800, Ruberton said.

Written comments are also accepted, and can be sent to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at One Greentree Centre, Suite 201, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

The Prosecutor’s Office must comply with 112 standards to achieve accredited status, Ruberton said. Accreditation lasts for three years, Ruberton said. During that time, the Prosecutor’s Office will have to submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited, Ruberton said.

“Verification by the team that the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office meets the

Commission’s “best practice” standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve

accreditation, a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Ruberton said.

“Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs,” Acting Chief Brian Barnett said.

Harry J. Delgado is the Accreditation Manager for NJSACOP, which is the authority and accreditation agency in the State of New Jersey, via its New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, Ruberton said.

“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,” Delgado said.

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 One Greentree Centre, Suite 201, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

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