Every so often law enforcement agencies across the state undergo a period of time where everything is reviewed as they look to earn accreditation status and renew it every three years or so.

The Toms River Police Department is now undergoing such a review as Chief Mitch Little announced that there will be a team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police on Monday December 12 and your feedback is apart of this process.

During their time in Toms River on Monday, the team will take a look at TRPD policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, according to Chief Little.

(Photo: Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
(Photo: Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)

“Verification by the team that the Toms River Police Department meets the Commission’s “best practice” standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Chief Little said in a written statement.

As for your role, you can submit comments and feedback by emailing TRPD Lieutenant Peter Sundack at psundack@trpolice.org at anytime or call 732-349-0150 extension 1294 with any questions and then call 732-349-0150 extension 1119 between 10:00 am and 11:00 am on Monday and you're asked to keep the calls to 5 minutes and discuss the TRPD's compliance with NJSACOP standards.

Toms River Police vehicle
Toms River Police vehicle (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

You can also email accreditation and compliance related matters and comments to the Accreditation Program Director, Harry Delgado, at hdelgado@njsacop.org or write a letter to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

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“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," Chief Little said.

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