The Atlantic City Police Department has started the process for accreditation, with the public invited to offer its opinion.

Assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will be in Atlantic City on Dec. 2 to examine all aspects of the policies and procedures, management, operations and support services of the department.

“Verification by the team that the Atlantic City police meet the commission’s ‘best practice’ standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Police Chief Ernest Jubilee said in a news release announcing the step.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comment by phone between 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 3. They may call 609-347-5313.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Atlantic City Police Department's 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.

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

"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," Jubilee wrote.

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