Police assessors visit the Brigantine Police Department

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A team of assessors visited the Brigantine Police Department this past weekend from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police to perform a re-accreditation inspection.

Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. 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 objectives.

When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented. This is an ongoing process.

Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.

The department was inspected on almost every aspect of policing. The assessors arrived on Sunday morning and were given a tour of police headquarters and also a display of vehicles and equipment. They inspected 112 files which contained proofs of compliance with the required standards. A thorough review of policies and compliance was conducted. A ride-along with some of the officers also allowed the assessors to see firsthand how the officers performed.

Interviews with top command staff were also conducted. The accreditation manager is Lt. Rob Rubino, who has been in charge of this process since its inception in 2005. The process finished up late Monday afternoon with an exit interview that included the assessors and the command staff: Chief John Stone, Capt. Ray Cox and Lt. Rubino.

During the exit interview it was learned that the department would be receiving the recommendation of the assessors to be re-accredited. The chief of the department and Lt. Rubino will now sit before a commission with the recommendation of the assessors before final re-accreditation status is granted.

The outstanding work of Lt. Rubino during this process and all of the officers who helped make the process a successful one is appreciated.

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