Accreditation is a progressive and time proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies to calculate and improve their overall performance. Initial Accreditation status is valid for a three-year period after which time an independent, trained team of assessors arrives to conduct a two-day on-site review as well as a comprehensive review of every standard to verify that the applicable standards continue to be implemented. This program assists the RPPD in maintaining standards that reflect professional best practices in law enforcement.
The Ridgefield Park Police Department is one of only approximately 25 agencies in Bergen County and approximately 155 agencies state wide that are accredited agencies. Lieutenant Arthur Jensen oversees the department’s Accreditation Program and Sergeant Todd Milo is the department’s Accreditation Manager. Patrolman Joe Avila and Patrolman Steven Fernandez are the Assistant Accreditation Managers.
On June 13, 2019, the Ridgefield Park Police Department was granted its second Re-Accreditation status at a hearing before the NJSACOP Accreditation review board in South Brunswick. The RPPD is currently working toward its third Re-Accreditation which is tentatively scheduled for June of 2022.
“It was immediately clear to the assessment team that the agency has embraced the Accreditation process and continues to maintain the high standards of the program. It was also clear to the Assessment team that the agency as a whole from the newest patrol officer through the command staff is very knowledgeable about their agency, their policies and their community. To sum up our impression of the agency, Accreditation has become a culture of the agency.”
Chief Rella and the Command Staff of the RPPD are committed to maintaining high professional standards and improving our relationships within the community while providing fair and impartial law enforcement services for everyone.