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How well do Barnegat Police do their jobs? Tell them yourself. It will help determine their national standing in law enforcement.

The Barnegat Police Department could remain the only nationally-accredited police departments in Ocean County and one of eleven municipal police departments in New Jersey with the disctinction, if they meet the Commission’s reputable standards.

As part of the assessment, residents of the community are asked for their opinions and comment at the public information session on Sunday, August 3rd at 7PM. The meeting will be held in the Barnegat Municipal Courtroom on 900 West Bay Avenue. Those who cannot attend can call in that day, from 1PM to 3PM, at 609-660-8477.

The Commissions on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will review all of Barnegat Police Department’s policy, procedures, management, operations, and supportive services. This process is a highly coveted recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

All comments will be limited to ten minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the accreditation standards. Written remarks can be sent to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The Barnegat Police Department must follow a total of 188 standards in order to achieve accreditation.

A copy of the standards can be requested from the department and those interested can contact Accreditation Manager, Lieutenant Keith Germain at 609-698-5000 x203.

The assessment team will be led by retired Chief Lanny Wyatt, formerly of the Margate and Plantation Police Departments in Florida, and assessor Chief Sue Madsen of the Miami Police Department of Ohio.

Once the assessors review written materials, interview employees, and tour the facilities while operations are ongoing, they will report back to the full Commission, which then decides if accreditation will be granted.

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