As reported by NJ.com, the Hamilton Township Police Department has received accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. The Chiefs of Police’s accreditation is a voluntary program in which departments conduct a self-analysis for meeting over 100 standards of operations and best practices. Trained, independent assessors then review and verify the standards during the accreditation process to ensure successful implementation, a statement on the process said.
“Building upon last year’s record-low level of crime and statistics from the first nine months of this year indicating that crime is even lower today, this prominent accreditation illustrates our police division’s high level of professionalism that has provided our residents with a historic level of public safety,” Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede said in a statement. “It is with great pride that we can call ourselves an accredited police agency,” Chief James Collins said in the statement. “This significant professional achievement acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective and assures the public that we meet the highest standards for professionalism.”
The Township’s statement on the accreditation said some potential benefits that accredited agencies may enjoy include things like possible insurance premium discounts and a decrease in liability, “as it has been cited that frivolous legal actions are shown to decrease with accreditation.”
Yaede touted the Township’s ongoing dropping crime rate as a real translation that the police department’s adherence to having high standards is paying off. During the first nine months of 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014, Hamilton has had a 10.6 percent decrease in overall crime, the statement said, citing state crime statistics.