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The New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition (NJPSAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that, for more than a decade, has helped hundreds of law enforcement organizations of all sizes and other public safety agencies in the New York tri-state area, and around the country, streamline and improve the services they provide their communities. Our Coalition promotes the continuous quality improvement and professional excellence of public safety agencies (law enforcement, training academy, communications, campus security, emergency management, fire department, emergency medical services, and corrections) that serve communities worldwide.

We support and encourage agencies and personnel to meet international performance standards through various accreditation programs and the work of many credentialing commissions, including:

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Whether your agency is currently pursuing accreditation, looking to reduce your liability by using a commission approved set of standards, policies and material, researching a new policy or amending an existing one for your agency, or developing a written directive system from scratch we are your best solutions provider. Our inexpensive membership levels will fit the budgetary needs of any agency, large and small. Please take a few minutes to carefully review the information below to learn more about the different types of accreditation programs we support. When you’re ready create an account to join.

Our interactive web site is your one stop source for public safety accreditation resources, reference materials, and assistance.  It is a national collaborative platform for all professional accreditation managers to exchange information, policies, files, ideas, and solutions. Our continually expanding online database of reference material (policies, forms, plans, programs etc…) is the largest collection of accreditation material (CALEA, NJSACOP, etc...) anywhere in one place.

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Some of the most popular accreditation programs we support.

NJSACOP Law Enforcement Accreditation

NJSACOPThe New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police has developed a New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Program with standards designed specifically for New Jersey law enforcement agencies. The standards are based on the New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines and Directives, applicable New Jersey state laws, state and federal regulations and guidelines, best practices in safety and liability mitigation, as well as best practices as identified by other State Chiefs of Police Associations across the country. These standards are practical, easily understood, and achievable even for the smallest law enforcement agency. The standards address (1) life, health and safety issues, (2) legal and other critical requirements, and (3) conditions that reduce major risk and high liability exposures.
CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation

CALEAThe CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was the first credentialing program established by CALEA after its founding. It was originally development to address what was seen as a need to enhance law enforcement as a profession and to improve law enforcement. That mission continues today. The program is open to all types of law enforcement agencies, on an international basis. It provides a process to systematically conduct an internal review and assessment of the agencies’ policies and procedures, and make adjustments wherever necessary to meet a body of internationally accepted standards.

Since the first CALEA Accreditation Award was granted in 1984, the program has become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. The standards upon which the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of law enforcement practitioners and researchers. Major law enforcement associations, leading educational and training institutions, governmental agencies, as well as law enforcement executives internationally, acknowledge CALEA’s Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies© and its Accreditation Program as benchmarks for today’s law enforcement agency.

CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation requires an agency to establish and maintain rigid compliance with a set of professional standards that are globally regarded as the best practices in public safety. NJSACOP Accreditation, sometimes referred to as “National Recognition” or “State Accreditation”, requires an agency to comply with about 25% of the same standards that are required of an internationally accredited law enforcement agency.
CALEA Communications Accreditation

The CALEA Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program provides a communications center, or the communications unit of a public safety agency, with a process to systemically review and internally assess their operations and procedures. Since the first CALEA Communication Accreditation Award was granted in 1999, the program has become the primary method for a communications agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence. The standards upon which the Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of public safety communications executives and accreditation experts. APCO International (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International, Inc.), the leading communications membership association, was a partner in the development of CALEA’s Standards for Public Safety Communications Agencies© and its Accreditation Program. This relationship continues today as APCO recognizes the achievements of CALEA Accredited Public Safety Communications agencies and supports accreditation.
CALEA Training Academy Accreditation

CALEAThe CALEA Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program was developed in 2002 and is open to governmental organizations that are authorized to provide a comprehensive basic law enforcement or public safety training program or advanced in-service broad scope training. Its purpose is to promote superior public safety training services and recognize professional excellence. The program’s standards were derived from the best practices of professional public safety training agencies and institutions, and do not conflict with any national or state Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) authorities or other training authorities. The program standards cover nine topic areas: (1) certification; (2) organization; (3) direction and authority; (4) human resources; (5) recruitment and selection; (6) instructional systems; (7) program development; (8) training support; and (9) student welfare.
CALEA Campus Security Accreditation

CALEAThe CALEA Campus Security Accreditation Program is designed for educational campus security agencies or departments that primarily employ non-sworn security officers and identify themselves as a “campus security force.”Eligible campus security agencies are defined as those having legal authority to perform security and public safety related functions in an educational campus-based setting, or those providing security or public safety services whose eligibility is verified by the Commission.  The program covers seven topic areas: (1) organization, management and administration, (2) direction and supervision, (3) human resources and personnel process, (4) training and career development, (5) critical incidents, special operations and homeland security, (7) traffic operations, and (8) technical services and contractual agreements.
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