Manchester Police Seek Input On Accreditation

Manchester Township Police Car (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

  MANCHESTER – The public will have an opportunity to comment on how well Manchester police follow established best practices as they seek accreditation.

  A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will be at the department on March 11 to review policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Lisa D. Parker said.

  “Verification by the team that the Manchester Township Police Department meets the Commission’s “best practice” standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accredited status, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Parker said in a press release.

  There are 105 standards that the department must comply with in order to be accredited. Accreditation lasts for three years, and the department would need to file annual reports during those years.

  “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community support and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs,” Parker said.

  The general public can offer their input as well. They can call (732) 849-8359 on Monday, March 11, 2019, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. E-mail comments can be sent to tmalland@manchestertwp.com. Please note that telephone calls must be limited to five minutes and must be related to the standards of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. Those standards are available at the department, located at 1 Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ. Please contact Capt. Todd Malland at 732-657-2009 ext. 4103.

  Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Manchester Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accredition Program manager at hdelgado@njsacop.org or to write New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, NJ 08053.