Public comment sought on Prosecutor’s Office performance

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission will arrive in Mays Landing on Sunday, Oct. 21 to examine all aspects of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

“Verification by the team that the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office meets the commission’s ‘best practice’ standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” said First Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling (609) 909-7733 on Monday, Oct. 22, between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available for inspection at Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, located at 4997 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing. The local contact is Capt. Timothy Alexander who can be reached at (609) 909-7800.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to write:

New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at One Greentree Centre, Suite 201, Marlton, NJ 08053.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office must comply with 112 standards in order to achieve accredited status.

“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,” said acting Chief Brian Barnett.

The accreditation program manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J. Delgado.

Accreditation is valid for three years. During that time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

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