Departments & Services

Police - Professional Standards Division

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Lt. Christopher Hurst
Commanding Officer

The Professional Standards Division is responsible for administering the agencies compliance with agency’s Accreditation status. Accreditation is a method of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. 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 objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented. Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective. The Bernards Township Police Department has been Accredited since 2007.

The Professional Standards Division Commander is also responsible for overseeing all police training, the police records function, Open Public Records Act (OPRA) compliance.