ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT

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FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL

DATE: OCTOBER 24, 2016

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that a team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 to examine all aspects of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

"Verification by the team that the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office meets the Commission’s ‘best practice’ standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accredited status, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence," said Acting Prosecutor Grewal. "The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has been accredited since 2009 and must submit to periodic verification to maintain its accredited status."

If members of the public would like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by telephone. The public may call 551-265-3134 on Thursday, October 27, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Email comments can be sent to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standard’s manual is available on the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police website at www.njsacop.org/content.asp?pl+17&contentid=39. For more information, please contact Sergeant Sylvia Presto of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-226-5537.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation can send them by email to Harry J. Delgado, Ed.S., Accreditation Program Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by phone at 856-334-8943, or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North West, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office must comply with 105 standards in order to maintain its accredited status. Acting Prosecutor Grewal indicated, "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."

The Accreditation Program Manager 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 back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted continued accredited status", Harry J Delgado, Ed.S, 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.

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 West, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

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