Accrediation Unit

Capt. Jeffrey Russo
Lt. Eric Buraszeski
Sgt. George Vit

South Brunswick Police Department
1 Police Plaza
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

Phone: 732-329-4000 x7471
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30am-4:30pm

All Members of the South Brunswick Police Department are held to the highest standards. Each member of this agency performs his or her job to the best of their abilities. Accreditation is a reaffirmation of the value and ability of every member of our staff. Accreditation standards give the Chief of Police a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation. In addition to the internal efficiencies, accreditation has real benefits to the taxpayer. In general accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against lawsuits and citizen complaints. Many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them once they become accredited. Accredited status also makes it easier for agencies to purchase police liability insurance; allows agencies to increase the limit of their insurance coverage more easily; and, in many cases, results in lower premiums.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances.

  • The program is designed with consideration for the following goals:

– to establish and maintain standards that represent current professional law enforcement practices;

– to increase effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services;

– to establish standards that address and reduce liability for the agency and its members;

– to provide New Jersey agencies with a recognition of excellence, accountability, and an opportunity to receive insurance premium discounts in relation to such an achievement;

– to establish standards that make an agency and its personnel accountable to the constituency they serve;

– to implement a New Jersey accreditation program that establishes standards which do not conflict with national standards.

How does accreditation work?

The foundation of Accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives.

What is the Accreditation process?

  • Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives.
  • When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented.

Why would we want to do this?

  • Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.

Who are we accredited by?

  • We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and also by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.
  • The actual Accrediting body is the New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (NJLEAC), consisting of commissioners appointed by the (NJSACOP). Personnel from NJSACOP provide support services to the Commission and to applicant agencies.

What are the actual steps in the process?

  • There are five steps to get and stay accredited, they are:

– The Application Phase

– The Self-assessment Phase

– The On-site Assessment Phase

– The Commission Review and Decision Phase

– The Maintaining Compliance and Re-accreditation Phase

What are the benefits of Accreditation?

There are several different ways that Accreditation can benefit and agency and its employees.

– Economic Benefits (direct)

– Economic Benefits (indirect)

– Non-Economic Benefits

– Benefits to the Community

Economic Benefits (direct)


Accredited agencies can recognize the following results:

– 11% fewer Professional liability claims

– 18% fewer workers compensation claims

– 31% fewer Automobile liability claims

– Reduction in the premiums paid to insurers including policy discounts

Economic Benefits (indirect)

• Stronger defense against lawsuits

• Drop in citizen complaints

• Greater accountability within the agency

Non-Economic Benefits

• Expansion of Community policing benefits

• Higher job satisfaction

• Recognition and prestige of both the agency and the township

Benefits to the Community

Recognition that the agency’s managerial and operational policies and procedures are in accord with a body of nationally certified and recognized professional standards.

Assurance that every aspect of the agency’s personnel system is in accord with professional standards.
Statewide and Nationwide recognition of professional excellence.

Assures the community that the agency is committed to providing the highest quality services and that its policies and procedures are not only effective and responsive but fair and equitable.

Enhances community understanding, cooperation and support of the agency and its role in the community.
Liability litigation is deterred.

State-of-the-art, impartial guidelines for evaluation and change when necessary.

Ongoing evaluation of whether agency resources are being utilized in the best interest of its mission assignment.

Provides neutral guidelines for developing strong budget justifications – especially for personnel and their allocation across function and activities.

Promotes standardization of policies, thereby increasing efficiency in handling calls for assistance, referrals and joint investigations with other agencies.
Promotes relationships with prosecutors, courts, correctional agencies and state and local government officials.

Adds to employee confidence and assures that they are a part of an agency which is nationally recognized as being a provider of truly professional police services.

The South Brunswick Police Department is currently one of 46 accredited agencies in the State of New Jersey.

Police Dept.

Raymond J. Hayducka
540 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

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