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Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden is inviting members of the public to provide feedback and input regarding the operations and performances of the Communications Division’s efforts to maintain national accreditation. The public call in session will be held on August 22nd from 10:00am to 12:00pm, and can be accessed by calling (732) 683-8916. Comments will be taken by members of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) assessment team.

CALEA will perform an onsite assessment of the Communications Division from Sunday, August 21st to August 24th. National accreditation is a voluntary process of external peer review. Accreditation allows participating agencies to evaluate their operations against nationally accepted standards of practice, remedy deficiencies and upgrade the quality of their organization. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from out of state agencies who will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other areas where compliance may be observed.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete the review of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division, they report back to the full Commission. The Commission will then decide if accredited status will be granted.

Accredited status is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division must maintain compliance with a total of 218 standards in order to sustain accredited status. “This accreditation process is important as it will maintain the high degree of professionalism within the Sheriff’s Office and enable us to provide better service to the residents of Monmouth County.”

The Communication Division was first accredited in 2001 and re-accredited in 2004 & 2007.