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July 28, 2007

NJ State Police Awarded National Accreditation

Montreal, Quebec – The New Jersey State Police today received a coveted law enforcement accreditation after more than a year of intense reviews and grading. The Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA) bestowed the honor at a meeting of their commissioners in Montreal, Quebec.

The award is the culmination of a two-year process that included on-site inspections from a national team representing the commission. Assessors examined files, conducted panel interviews of staff members, inspected facilities, and performed ride-a-longs with troopers.

This is a significant achievement for the State Police and I commend the Division on earning this important nationally recognized accreditation,” Attorney General Anne Milgram said.

“We worked long and hard to reach this goal. CALEA certification means that we are nationally recognized as using the best practices in modern policing and being a model for other law enforcement agencies,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

There are 580 CALEA accredited police agencies with many more currently in the process to gain that honor. Sixteen state police and state patrol agencies in the U.S. are now accredited.

CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The 21 CALEA commissioners are appointed by the four founding law enforcement organizations. Eleven are law enforcement practitioners with the remaining selected from both the public and private sectors including representation from the business community, academia, and the judiciary.

Accreditation brings several significant benefits. Primarily, it improves public safety services by comparing the New Jersey State Police to the best procedures currently used by law enforcement and raising any non-compliant areas up to those standards. Additionally, it creates accountability to a respected benchmarking group that knows the work of modern policing. Public trust is bolstered by way of the transparency involved in the whole CALEA accreditation process.

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