Meeting some of the most rigorous standards in New Jersey law enforcement, Ocean Township's police force becomes Monmouth County's seventh to win accreditation by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

(L to R): Ocean Township PD Captains Earl Gifford and Mike Resetar; Chief Steven Peters; NJSACOP President Ray Hayducka; Accreditation Director Harry Delgado (Ocean Twp. PD)

Accreditation signifies achievement in a qualifying police force's mission, operations, structure and performance.

Inspectors examine aspects such as chain of command, organizational structure, policies, community outreach, equipment and internal communications in an exhaustive study that ultimately determines the character of a department.

Authorities estimate that fewer than 33 percent of New Jersey's police deparrtments have attained accreditation.

The designation lasts for three years. Departments may apply for recertification, though they will undergo the entire process again - and they may be revisited at any time during the accreditation term.