The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is being assessed for accreditation — and the public will have a chance to give its opinion.

Assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will be at the Prosecutor’ Office on Oct. 21, to examine all aspects of the policies and procedures, management, operations and support services of the office.

The team will look to verify that the office “meets the commission’s “best practice” standards as part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, acting First Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton said.

The office must comply with 112 standards in order to be accredited.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comment by phone between 9:30 and 11 a.m. Oct. 22. They may call 609-909-7733.

“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,” acting Chief Brian Barnett said.

A copy of the standards is available for inspection at Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, 4997 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing. The local contact is Capt. Timothy Alexander at 609-909-7800.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to write: New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at One Greentree Centre, Suite 201, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

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