Harvey Cedars Police Among the State’s Elite

Sep 26, 2018
Courtesy of: Harvey Cedars Police Department

At a recent Harvey Cedars Borough Commission meeting, the borough’s police department received official recognition from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police for achieving reaccreditation status late last year.

The department first received accreditation status in 2011, and had the designation renewed in 2014. Police Chief Robert Burnaford said that being reaccredited for the second time puts Harvey Cedars in elite status. He said that while there are approximately 200 agencies accredited in New Jersey, or 39 percent, the number of those reaccredited a first time are 8 percent.

“But to be reaccredited a second time puts us in less than 1 percent of all law enforcement agencies in the state,” he said. “You just can’t rest on your laurels when you achieve accreditation. You have to maintain that level of excellence.”

“Accreditation is a time-proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies to calculate and improve their overall performance,” NJSACOP says on its website. “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.”

In addition, accredited status represents a significant professional achievement and “acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.”

Burnaford said the department had to comply with 105 standards in order to achieve accredited status.

All department practices and policies are reviewed very closely,” he said. “It covers everything we do, from writing out reports, how arrests are handled, training, staffing, promotions, equipment and much more.”

Harry J. Delgado, accreditation program manager for the association, said the department underwent review by an the assessment team composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies.

“The assessors reviewed written materials, interviewed agency members, and visited offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed,” he said. “Once the commission’s assessors completed their review of the agency, they reported to the full commission, which then decided to grant them reaccredited status.”

“To be in a group that numbers less than 1 percent of all law enforcement agencies in the state makes us one of the best among the best,” said Borough Commissioner Michael Garofalo, public safety chairman. “I want to thank our chief and officer Tim Butler, the accreditation manager, for doing an outstanding job.”

— Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

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