The Nutley Police Department has maintained the status of an Accredited Police Agency in the State of New Jersey.
The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police granted re-accreditation on March 19.
The recognition is a result of a comprehensive inspection process that took place over the course of several months and culminated with a rigorous on-site evaluation conducted by a team of professional inspectors.
Following the inspection, Chief of Police Thomas Strumolo and the accreditation manager were called before a panel comprised of high-ranking officials with the NJSACOP to answer questions about the accreditation process for the agency.
The NPD originally earned accreditation Nov. 10, 2011.
Police accreditation is accomplished through the creation of approved policies and procedures by a law enforcement agency. There are more than 100 standards that must be met by an agency in order to remain in compliance with the criteria set forth by the NJSACOP.
These policies and procedures help ensure an agency meets the highest accepted standards of law enforcement in New Jersey. An agency must not only create policies and procedures, but must also demonstrate compliance with these policies and procedures to the NJSACOP on a regular basis.
Through accreditation, police agencies demonstrate a willingness and ability to provide the public with the highest standards of service and professionalism available in law enforcement.
The re-accreditation cycle lasts approximately three years before the department is scheduled for reassessment and inspection to ensure the accredited agency has maintained the standards set forth by the NJSACOP.
During this three-year cycle, an agency must ensure that the current polices are up to date with the latest standards in the field and all updates to state and federal laws. These policies and procedures must be adhered to by sworn and civilian staff alike.
Extensive files are kept on each standard and reports are submitted within the agency on an annual basis for review and approval by selected members of the command staff.
On April 19, Capt. Harry Delgado (Ret.) of NJSACOP came to Nutley to publicly present the official award of NJSACOP Accreditation to the NPD.
Learn more about the writer ...
Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, a place where he has served on and off since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on Facebook Live, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to West Hudson to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.