The North Bergen Police Department earned their New Jersey State Association of Chief of Police (NJSACOP) accreditation for the third time last week.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Receiving accreditation for the third time is a remarkable achievement, and the NBPD should be proud of their accomplishment. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, and thank you for keeping our communities safe,” state Senator (D-32)/Mayor Nick Sacco said in a statement.
The accreditation process is a rigorous evaluation of a law enforcement agency’s policies, procedures, and practices, designed to ensure that they meet the highest standards for public safety and law enforcement.
A police department is evaluated in accordance with 112 standards for the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, which reflect best practices and address general areas of law enforcement operations, such as leadership, resource management, and service delivery.
The NBPD first achieved accreditation in 2016, and has successfully maintained it through subsequent re-accreditations. Only about 19 percent of police departments in the state receive this recognition.
Dr. Harry J. Delgado, the NJSACOP accreditation program manager, was in attendance to present the North Bergen Police Department with their certificate of accreditation at Wednesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.
“The North Bergen Police Department is one of the best police departments in the state. It is a highly professional and committed agency which exemplifies all the tenets of Law Enforcement Accreditation at the state and national level,” Delgado stated.
In addition to demonstrating the department’s commitment to excellence, accreditation provides increased transparency and accountability to the community, improved relations with the public, and better training and professional development opportunities for officers.
Research also shows that accredited agencies have 11 percent fewer police professional liability claims, 18 percent fewer worker compensation claims and 31 percent fewer auto liability claims.
“This prestigious recognition demonstrates the department’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and accountability in its operations,” exclaimed Police Chief Peter Fasilis.
“I want to thank the men and women of the North Bergen Police Department for their commitment to serving the community to the utmost of their abilities and helping to set the standards for law enforcement agencies nationwide, as well as the Mayor and Commissioners for their support and providing us with the resources necessary to achieve this goal.”
Fasilis also recognized Lt. Anthony Caramucci, the NBPD’s accreditation manager, for all of his hard work and dedication to the accreditation process.
Under Fasilis’ leadership, overall crime is down over 30 percent in the last five years, with the demographics of the department also reflecting the township, with about 68 percent of officers identifying as Latino.
“The NBPD has once again proven their commitment to upholding the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and accountability. This is a true testament to their unwavering excellence and dedication to serving and protecting their community,” added Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual.