The Brick police department has earned re-accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) at a commission review hearing that took place March 10, 2016 at the South Brunswick Municipal Complex, the department said in a statement Friday.
Chief James Riccio, Lt. Steven Gerling and Sergeant Michael Drew appeared before the panel of commissioners in what was the final phase of the re-accreditation process that has continued since 2015, the statement said. Accredited status represents a significant professional achievement in the law enforcement community and also earns taxpayers a discount on insurance and related costs.
Accreditation formally acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective. Originally accredited in Sept. 2012, the department participated in an on-site assessment by NJSACOP to complete an in-depth review of all policies, procedures and department operations in Oct. 2015. Accreditation involves compliance with 105 standards that represent best practices in law enforcement.
Riccio said he is “proud of the men and women of the Brick Township Police Department for once again achieving this level of recognition.”
“The re-accreditation for our department validates that we continue to be in line with the highest standards in law enforcement,” he added.