“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."

Accreditation is a progress and time-proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies to calculate and improve their overall performance. The foundation of Accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these standards and objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained, independent assessors verifies that the applicable standards have been successfully implemented.

Accredited status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective. Accreditation requires agencies to the highest standards in the areas of:

  • Policies and Procedures
  • Administration
  • Operation
  • Support Services

Comprehensive and effective leadership through professionally based policy development is directly influenced by a law enforcement program that is thorough, complete, and obtainable, and based on standards that reflect professional best practices.

NJSACOP Accreditation

On May 24, 2012 the Cape May County Sheriff's Office was recognized and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and is the sixth Sheriff's Office to be accredited in the State of New Jersey. Cape May County is the second entity in the State where the Sheriff's Office and Prosecutor's Office achieved accreditation.

On April 28, 2017 The Cape May County Sheriff's Office had it's first re-accreditation by the New Jersey State Association of Chief's of Police (NJSACOP) Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. We have successfully completed the re-accreditation assessment and the commission review. We received our approval on June 8th 2017.

In 2002 The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) has accredited the Correctional Center Medical Department and has reaccredited us every three years since. This is a private organization that focuses on the health care and medical services provided to the inmates within the Correctional Center. It must also be noted that the Correctional Center has successfully completed all annual inspections conducted by the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC).

Revised on July 23, 2018

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