Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
July 27, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
West Windsor Township
Chief Joseph M. Pica, Jr.
West Windsor Township
West Windsor Township Police Department Achieves Accreditation
Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh together with Chief Joseph M. Pica, Jr. is proud to announce that the West Windsor Police Department has been recognized as being accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), a program that is sponsored by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. The accreditation is valid for three years. Mayor Hsueh said, “This is a great compliment to our police officers showing that they perform at a high level of professionalism. This benefits the whole community as well through lower insurance costs for our police department and knowing that the policies and procedures followed by our police have been objectively evaluated as meeting national standards.”
As part of the accreditation process, the police department held a three-day on-site review by independent assessors who reviewed the policies, procedures, guidelines and manner by which the police department operates its day-to-day operations. Those policies and operations were compared to nationally recommended standards. The assessors inspected and reviewed all police department equipment, vehicles, buildings, evidence storage areas, and other department assets.
During the on site assessment, officers from different areas of expertise such as records, administration, communications, and disaster response were interviewed and required to produce documentation of how each unit operates and proofs to demonstrate that officers follow the stated guidelines. The assessors rode along with police officers as they performed their job and critiqued the manner in which officers handled themselves. The assessors witnessed first hand how the different units handled a scene, and witnessed the teamwork and cooperation that exists between all emergency services factions.
The assessors systematically reviewed all police department directives, guidelines and procedures. They held a public information session where the public was welcome to come forward and comment about the police department and its operations.
At the conclusion of the three-day on-site review, an extensive report was forwarded to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
The commission reviewed the report and forwarded their recommendation to the Chiefs Association. As the final stage of the accreditation process, Chief Joe Pica and Sgt. William Bastedo met with a panel of representatives assembled by the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police to discuss the report. It was at that time that the West Windsor Township Police Department was acknowledged as having met all the qualifications of accreditation and as having a well organized and professional police agency.
According to Chief Pica, “The accreditation process was a two-year project that was extremely worthwhile and productive because it motivated us to take a look at how we do things and see how it compares to the national standards that have been set.” Pica stated that it most cases, the police department policies and procedures were right on the money but some needed to be fine-tuned and a few needed to be rewritten. Pica complimented all the men and women of his police department for their commitment and dedication to the law enforcement mission and especially for the way that they represent themselves and the community as they go about their everyday duties.
The West Windsor Township Police Department has always been a proud organization and the accomplishment of gaining recognition through accreditation only helps to enhance that feeling of pride.
A copy of the final accreditation report will be available in the near future by visiting the police department website www.westwindsorpolice.com.
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