On Feb. 14, Cranford Police Chief Eric Mason, along with Detective Sergeant Gerard Quinn and Detective Sergeant Craig Marino, appeared before the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Following the hearing, the commission voted unanimously to award re-accreditation status to the Cranford Police Department.
This marks the third occasion since December of 2006 that the department has earned accreditation status. Accreditation status is granted by the commission for a three year period. An accredited agency must then apply for re-accreditation and go through the entire accreditation process again. An accredited agency must submit annual reports and submit to an onsite assessment to ensure their continued compliance with the standards under which they were initially accredited.
“Maintaining accreditation has been a major goal for the police department each year since we achieved our initial status in 2006. Every member of the department has made a contribution to this achievement. I am truly proud to be serving with such dedicated and professional men and women,” Chief Mason said.
Receiving professional accreditation demonstrates that the Cranford Police Department is adhering to standards developed by the Police Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the State. One of the primary objectives of the program is to improve the delivery of police services to the community through the use of these standards.
The police department entered into this process voluntarily. “By entering this process, the Cranford Police Department sought to improve community relations, and to hold itself to the highest professional standards,” Chief Mason said.
Chief Mason also acknowledged that input provided by the community, which was critical to the achievement of this status. “The community has always been very supportive of its police department. This partnership is what makes Cranford the safe and secure community that it is,” stated Mason.
Mason continued, “This process put the operational and administrative functions of this police department through a thorough review. The process is similar to what colleges, universities and hospitals go through to determine whether they meet standards which are nationally adopted.”
Detective Sergeant Gerard Quinn served as the police department’s accreditation manager. He was assisted in that role by Detective Sergeant Craig Marino.
Editor's Note: This was a press release from the Cranford Police Department.