Avalon Police accredited

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AVALON – This borough’s police department has been accredited by the State Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation Commissioners.

This is the first time Avalon has received accreditation, which runs for three years.

“We are very pleased to achieve the first-ever accreditation for the Avalon Police Department,” said Avalon Police Chief William McCormick in a press release. “The accreditation program is a time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies including the Avalon Police Department calculate and improve their overall performances.”

Avalon was officially awarded accreditation Feb. 14 in Princeton.

The accreditation process took three years and concluded with an on-site inspection in Avalon in June, 2012. It requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas: administration, personnel, operations, investigation and arrestee/detainee.

“This is simply an outstanding effort by the Avalon Police Department,” said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi. “Our community is very proud about this accreditation, and reaffirms our confidence that Avalon has a very professional police department that provides an extraordinary level of safety for our community.”

State accredited agencies may also be eligible for insurance rate discounts and can limit an agency’s liability and risk.

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