2020 News Release

May 21, 2020

Public Information Bureau (609) 882-2000
Major Brian Polite - ext. 6514
Lt. Theodore Schafer - ext. 6515
SFC Jeff Flynn - ext. 6516
Sgt. Lawrence Peele - ext. 6531
Tpr. Alejandro Goez - ext. 6527
Tpr. Charles Marchan - ext. 6513

Public Input Requested for State Police Assessment

West Trenton, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police is in the process of a comprehensive assessment to achieve nationally recognized accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA). Due to COVID-19, CALEA representatives will perform a three-day, virtual on-site assessment beginning May 26, 2020.

As part of the assessment, agency employees and New Jersey residents are invited to offer comments by telephone at a public opinion session scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Members of the New Jersey State Police CALEA Unit will be receiving the calls. The toll-free number for the call is 1-833-712-0905. Calls are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the commission’s standards.

The standards address nine major law enforcement subjects including:

  • Role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies
  • Organization, management, and administration
  • Personnel structure
  • Personnel process
  • Operations
  • Operational support
  • Traffic operations
  • Prisoner and court-related activities
  • Auxiliary and technical services

The comprehensive process will also include examinations of stations, evidence management, communications, training, and administration facilities.  Due to COVID-19, no in-person public forum will be held during this assessment.     

CALEA is a joint effort of law enforcement’s major executive associations including:

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

Created in 1979, the credentialing authority compares its approved agencies to the best practices in the industry and continuously raises the bar. The program requires agencies to meet standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the ability of the New Jersey State Police to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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