Congratulations to all of the Glen Rock Police Department (GRPD) for achieving the Certificate of Accreditation. This is a huge accomplishment for the GRPD. It is their first time receiving this accreditation. BTN reached out to Captain Jon Miller for his thoughts on this huge honor.
Captain Jon Miller, stated that “Over two and half years ago the Glen Rock Police administration approached the Mayor and council seeking their support in obtaining the prestigious distinction of having the department become an accredited police agency. They committed their support to the project and thus was born the arduous process of updating all rules, regulations, directives and procedures. Along with that, training in all areas was updated and officers had to take additional, in-house classes, in a wide range of topics.
For every standard that we had to meet, there had to be proofs that we met or exceeded that standard. For that, Sgt. Frank Riggio was tasked to be the accreditation manager. This was a very demanding position. He had to develop and review each directive before it went to myself and the Chief for final approval, obtain the needed proofs and keep the project on track to meet the goal dates. The Sergeant did an incredible job with this assignment.
Every member of the department contributed to the goal of achieving this prestigious accomplishment and the Chief and I could not be prouder of what every officer added. This is a proud achievement for the Department and the residents of town should be comforted to know that they have a professional and highly training agency serving them night and day.”
The GRPD with their Certificate of Accreditation. From left to right: PO Michael Trover, PO Adam Pyatak, Sgt. Robert Wojtecki, Det. James Calaski, Captain Jonathan Miller, Sgt. Frank Riggio, Chief Frederick Stahman, Retired Chief and Accreditation Program Manager Harry Delgado, Sgt. Dean Ackermann, and Lt. Daniel Dour.
Below is the press release from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police regarding this achievement.
“On October 9, 2014, the Glen Rock Police Department was awarded a Certificate of Accreditation by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. We have worked hard over the two year process to complete all the requirements for this accreditation and are proud to be one of only 123 police departments in the State of New Jersey to have obtained this status.
At last night’s Council Meeting, retired Police Chief Harry J. Delagdo and current Accreditation Program Manager for the NJSACOP presented the GRPD with our Certificate of Accreditation and made the following speech to the mayor, council and public present at the meeting:
Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement. To date, there are only 123 accredited agencies out of over 470 that would be eligible to seek accreditation status.
Police agencies seek accreditation as a way of assuring the public that the agency meets the highest standards for professionalism, training and discipline.
Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. The foundation of Accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives.
Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police that the accredited agency was carefully measured against an established set of state and national standards and has met or exceeded accepted practices in the field of law enforcement.
Research shows that accredited agencies have 11% fewer police professional liability claims, 18% fewer worker compensation claims and 31% fewer auto liability claims. Moreover municipalities that participate in a MEL affiliated Joint Insurance Fund (JIFF), stand to receive substantial insurance premium discounts when their police department attains accreditation.
In addition to these fiscal advantages, there are other important benefits of accreditation;
Accredited agencies are better able to defend against lawsuits and citizens complaints.
Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service delivery.
Government officials can be more confident in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.
Accreditation embodies the precepts of community oriented policing. It creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to prevent and control challenges confronting law enforcement and provides clear direction about community expectations.
Accreditation standards give the Chief a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision making and resource allocation.
Officers in accredited agencies are able to take pride that they have been objectively recognized for their professionalism and adherence to the highest standards.
The Glen Rock Police Department is well respected in the community they serve. Residents who contacted the assessment team during the call in session were very satisfied with the agency and referred to certain incidents with very positive results, generating comments of professionalism, compassion, discretion and quality service. The agency has attained several goals that were set by the administration. It was evident to the accreditation team that agency members were supportive and willing to operate with the best practices in law enforcement.
The Glen Rock Police Department continually strives to provide the citizens of the community with quality law enforcement. Projected goals to address this issue would be to decrease crime, improve motoring safety and engage in effective policing strategies designed to enhance the quality of life for all who live work and visit their community. They are confident that a key component to the delivery of professional police services will be achieving accreditation status.
Therefore, The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and the New Jersey Law Enforcement Commission, congratulates Chief Frederick P Stahman, Accreditation Manager Sgt. Frank Riggio, the staff of the Glen Rock Police Department, The Mayor and Council and those citizens they so proudly serve, for achieving accreditation, joining a very exclusive group of law enforcement
agencies that have made this important commitment to excellence in policing.
Harry J Delgado, Ed.S
Accreditation Program Manager