Assessors to visit Hamilton Twp. police

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will be at the Township of Hamilton Police Department Sunday and Monday, Feb. 24-25 to examine all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, according to Police Chief Stacy Tappeiner. 

The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with best practice standards.

As part of the on-site assessment for re-accreditation, there will be a public “call-in” session allowing the public to provide comments to the assessment team by telephone. The public may call (609) 625-8340 10 a.m.-noon Monday. 

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with Chiefs of Police standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Police Department, 6101 Thirteenth Street, Mays Landing.  Persons wishing to offer written comments about the department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12, Marlton, NJ 08053 or online at

“The Township of Hamilton Police Department has to comply with rigorous and established standards in order to gain accredited / recognized status,” Tappeiner said, and “in doing so, the agency has dedicated its full efforts.”

The accreditation program manager is Harry J. Delgado and the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners in New Jersey.

The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accreditation.

It is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance.

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