Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Palisades Interstate Parkway Police / Bergen NJ,  A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) on Monday, March 22, 2021, will examine all aspects of the Palisades Interstate Parkway policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Steven Shallop announced today.

            “Verification by the team that the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police meets the Commission’s “best practice” standards are part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Chief Steven Shallop said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email.  The public may call 201-293-0396 on Monday, March 22, 2021, between the hours of 10:00 AM -11:00 AM.  Email comments can be sent to

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  Please contact Lieutenant Jesse Cohen at  201-293-0396 for information about the standards.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program Director at or write the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

The Palisades Interstate Parkway Police must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accredited status.  Chief Steven Shallop indicated, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.” 

The Accreditation Program Director for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado, Ed.S.  “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed.  Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status”, Harry J Delgado stated.

Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police through its New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the state of New Jersey. For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission please write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053 or email

 

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