Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven method to improve a police department’s performance through the implementation of professional standards and objectives. A tangible component is a “proof” and provides evidence that the department has met or exceeded the professional standard. There are over 1200 proofs in a three-year accreditation cycle. The Warren Township Police Department has been accredited three times and has developed over 140 new policies since 2009. This represents a significant professional achievement and acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.
In 2019, representatives from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police spent two days inspecting the police department and the proofs. This process is designed to locate weaknesses and provide direction for change towards the best practices. The department passed this inspection with no issues. The Chief then went before the NJSACOP Accreditation Panel, who evaluated our request for re-accreditation. After providing testimony to the panel, they voted unanimously to award the Warren Township Police Department its re-accreditation.
The department is now starting its fourth accreditation cycle in order to further improve our service to the community. This process will continue to provide the department with a constructive method to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in our policies and procedures, as well as our organizational structure. The constant self-analysis will guide our officers and administration to refine our actions and enhance the department’s practices to continue our commitment to excellence.