Press Release


For Immediate Release:

November 12, 2021

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announces an upcoming assessment of the Bergen County Police Academy in preparation for national accreditation. A team of assessors for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) will conduct a virtual on-site assessment on December 6th and 7th, 2021 to examine all aspects of the Bergen County Police Academy policy and procedures, management, operations, and instructional services.

Verification by the team that the police academy meets the Commission’s 160 state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process. “Gaining CALEA accreditation is a highly prized recognition of public safety training academy excellence,” stated Prosecutor Musella.

As part of the assessment, academy personnel, trainees, and members of the public are invited to offer comments by telephone during a public call-in session. Interested persons may call 201-226-5786 on Monday, December 6, 2021, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Academy’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available for review at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute located at 281 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, New Jersey 07430. The local contact is Detective Salvatore LoCascio at (201) 226-5745.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Bergen County Police Academy’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

Accreditation is for four years, during which the Academy must submit annual reports and participate in annual remote web-based assessments attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please call (703) 352-4225 or email