PHOTO: Ocean County Sheriff’s Office successfully completes accreditation by NJ Association of Chiefs of Police

countyThe Ocean County Sheriff’s Office has successfully complied with 105 standards and has achieved accredited status.

“I want to congratulate Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy and the men and women of the department for successfully meeting all of the standards in order to achieve accreditation by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “Our Sheriff’s Department does an outstanding job, from providing courthouse security, to its crime lab to support to local police departments and responding to emergencies.

“We are very proud of the work done by this office,” he said. “The accreditation confirms its professionalism along with the skill and competence displayed by the Sheriff and his staff.”

Sheriff Mastronardy said the accreditation standards cover everything from internal affairs, ethics, training, performance evaluation, hiring practices to evidence procedures.

“Accreditation is not just a certificate,” Mastronardy said. “It clearly indicates our commitment to perform at a high level of excellence in our field as assessed by our peers nationwide.

“Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs,” he said. “I appreciate the hard work performed every day by the men and women of the department. It shows their concern for the safety of our citizens.”

Kelly noted that in addition to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police affirming the outstanding performance of the Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation weighed in with a letter praising the department’s work during the discharge of an explosive device in a trash can in Seaside Park at the beginning of a charity run in September.

“This investigation was a huge success thanks to your troops who went the extra mile – whether they were conducting witness interviews, securing the perimeter and helping our Evidence Response Team or moving tables and chairs around to stand-up a command post – their courageous service is the reason we were able to go from explosion to identification in 24 hours and then arrest in less than 48 hours,” stated Freeholder Kelly from the letter penned by Timothy Gallagher, FBI Special Agent in Charge.

Kelly said the letter was a true testimonial to the department’s hard work and willingness to go the extra mile.

As part of the accreditation process assessors from The New Jersey State Association of the Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies reviewed written materials, interviewed agency members, and visited offices and other places where compliance with the standards were observed.

The NJSACOP Assessors completed their review of the agency, and reported to the full Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission which unanimously decided, to reaccredit the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 13. The reaccreditation is valid for the next three years. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Office originally received its initial accreditation in May 2013.

The Sheriff’s Department accreditation manager is Lt. Craig Johnson.

“Everyone did an outstanding job in working to meet the standards which is a daily practice here,” Mastronardy said. “Our citizens can rest assure this is a well-trained and accountable sheriff’s office.”

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