The Montclair Police Department has received accreditation status with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP). Harry J. Delgado, New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police accreditation program manager, presented the certification to Police Chief Todd Conforti at the Nov. 27 council meeting.
“The Department has been seeking accreditation status with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police for a period of time now,” said Conforti. “Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement which acknowledges that the policies and procedures we’ve put in place are conceptually sound and operationally effective.”
NJSACOP accreditation requires police departments to adopt standards that have a clear statement of professional objectives. As part of the process, the Department reviewed all of its policies and procedures and made necessary revisions. Deputy Chief Tracy Frazzano and Detective Sergeant Charles Cunningham then inspected protocols and gathered documentation that department personnel was following all standards.
In July, a team of assessors from the NJSACOP Accreditation Commission came to police headquarters to examine the department. Once the assessors’ inspection was complete, a report was sent to the NJSACOP Accreditation Commission for review.
Conforti, Frazzano and Cunningham attended the NJSACOP Accreditation Commission Hearing in South Brunswick on Oct. 17, and following questions from the panel, the Department was unanimously approved by the commission as an accredited law enforcement agency until 2021.