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10/26/2015 - Hamilton Police Awarded State Accreditation from NJ Association of Chiefs of Police

 

Hamilton Police Awarded State Accreditation
from NJ Association of Chiefs of Police

 

‘Hamilton’s Finest’ now have the accreditation that proves it.

Mayor Kelly Yaede and Police Chief James W. Collins today formerly accepted the Hamilton Township Police Division’s state accreditation certificate from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

“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,” says Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede, who also serves as the community’s Public Safety Director.  “On behalf of our entire community, I want to thank our entire Hamilton Township Police Division for a job well done.”

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police’s accreditation program is a voluntary effort for law enforcement agencies to conduct a thorough self-analysis for meeting over 100 high-standards of operations and best practices.  Trained, independent assessors review and verify the operating standards of law enforcement agencies during the accreditation process to ensure successful implementation.

“It is with great pride that we can call ourselves an accredited police agency. 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.  Our entire Police Division can be proud of this accomplishment,” says James W. Collins, Chief of Police.  “I would like to thank our dedicated police officers and civilian staff for their efforts to help us to achieve accreditation status, as well as Mayor Yaede for her continuing support of our Police Division.”

Some potential benefits that accredited law enforcement agencies may enjoy include:

ü  Possible insurance premium discounts

 

ü  Decrease in liability, as it has been cited that frivolous legal actions are shown to decrease with accreditation

 

ü  Greater accountability from clearly defined written directives

 

ü  Objective performance measures

 

ü  Streamlining of operations for more consistent and effective deployment of personnel

Mayor Yaede noted that the Police Division’s adherence to high-standard operating procedures and best practices has translated into positive, public safety results.  Following a 37-year low in overall crime, Hamilton Township has witnessed even lower levels of crime during the first nine months of 2015 as compared the same period in 2014, including a: 

ü  10.6 percent decrease in overall crime

ü  23.6 percent decrease in burglary

ü  17 percent decrease in robbery

ü  9.8 percent decrease in simple assault

ü  7.7. percent decrease in larceny

ü  6.5 percent decrease in motor vehicle theft