The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office has been granted its first three-year re-accreditation by the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP), maintaining the Woodbury NJ office as one of eight county prosecutor’s offices in New Jersey to hold accreditation.
GCPO Chief of Investigators John Porter was informed of the re-accreditation Thursday (3/10) during a review of a two-day on-site assessment of the office’s practices, conducted in November 2015. The office’s initial accreditation was in May 2013
To maintain accredited status with NJSACOP, a law enforcement agency must demonstrate compliance with 105 standards for administration, personnel, operations, investigations and prisoner handling.
“Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, strong defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs,” Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said.
.”Achieving re-accreditation is significant in its own right; however, maintaining accreditation beyond the initial award is more noteworthy, since it is widely considered to be more difficult the second time around,” said Chief Porter.
To the office staff, Chief Porter said “I have always been proud to be a police officer, even more so a detective. But days like today remind me of how special it is to be a member of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and how lucky I am to have the opportunity to work with professionals like you.”
The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, through its New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the State of New Jersey.” Attaining accreditation “represents a significant professional achievement,” the NJSACOP program standards manual says. “Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.”
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