ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT

TO:       ALL NEWS MEDIA

FROM:  PROSECUTOR MARK MUSELLA

DATE:    MARCH 5, 2020

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced today that a team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Sunday, March 8, 2020 to examine all aspects of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office 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 Prosecutor Musella.  “The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has been accredited since 2009 and must submit to periodic verification to maintain its accredited status.”

Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling (201) 226-5558 on Sunday, March 8, 2020, between the hours of 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM; comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.  Email comments can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Telephone comments are limited to five (5) 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 Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office located at Two Bergen County Plaza in Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (201) 226-5745 for additional information.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may 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) 988-5880, or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12 in Marlton, New Jersey 08053.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office must comply with 112 standards in order to maintain its accredited status.  Prosecutor Musella 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 to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status,” Harry J. Delgado, Ed.S. stated.

Accreditation is valid for a three (3) 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 (LEAC), please write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12 in Marlton, New Jersey 08053.

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