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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Sunday November 23rd & Monday November 24th, 2014, to examine all aspects of the Sea Girt Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Chief Kevin Davenport announced today.            

“Three years ago the Sea Girt Police Department successfully attained State Accreditation with the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police. My staff and I look forward to the team of assessors returning to verify that the Sea Girt Police Department continues to meet the Commission’s “best practice” standards.  This verification is part of a voluntary process to achieve and maintain, accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Chief Kevin Davenport said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email.  The public may call 848-469-2210 on Monday November 24th, 2014, between the hours of 9:00AM – 11:00AM.  Email comments can be sent to accreditation@seagirtpd.net. Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.

A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Sea Girt Police Department, 319 Baltimore Boulevard, Sea Girt, N.J. 08750.  Please contact Detective John DeMillio at 732-449-7300 extension 432. Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Sea Girt Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to write: New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

The Sea Girt Police Department must comply with 100 standards in order to achieve accredited status.  Chief Davenport indicated, “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.” 

The Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado.  “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed.  Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status”, Harry J Delgado stated. Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police through its New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the state of New Jersey. For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission or to submit written comments about the Sea Girt Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation, please write to Harry J. Delgado, Accreditation Program Manager, hdelgado@njsacop.org, the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

Are You Getting Emergency Information?

In our efforts to provide more reliable communications with the residents and businesses in the Borough, we have partnered with Swiftreach Networks, Inc. as our emergency notification service provider.

In the past, the Sea Girt Police Department has used this system to provide information about weather related emergencies, crimes, missing persons, school lock downs, school closing, and other important time sensitive information.

Swiftreach Networks, Inc. has recently upgraded the system to provide better service and more flexible means of making notifications.  As a resident, business owner, or visitor to Sea Girt you may now manage the information you want to receive and how that information is going to be delivered.  Up to date contact information is the best way to insure you are receiving the information we are providing.  Please take the time to register as a user and add your updated information.  Be sure to add your address to receive geographically based notification.

If you have any questions about the system or how your information will be used, please feel free to contact the Sea Girt Police Department at 732-449-7300.

Swift911

National Night Out Against Crime – 2014

National Night Out Against Crime

The Sea Girt Police Department will be hosting “National Night Out Against Crime” on August 5th, 2014 at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ.  The event begins at 5:00pm and will run until 8:00pm.

National Night Out Against Crime – America’s Night Out Against Crime, began in 1984.  It was an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are fighting back.  The event takes place on the first Tuesday of August annually.  The first year 2.5 million Americans celebrated a night out against crime in 400 communities throughout 23 states.  Today the annual event involves over 37 million people in 15,000 communities throughout the United States and Canada.  (See http://www.natw.org/ )

National Night Out Against Crime in Sea Girt will be a celebration with the community.  It is an opportunity for the members of the community to come out and be together with the public safety professionals who are there to protect them.  This year’s National Night Out Against Crime event will feature a classic car show, a bicycle safety rodeo (from 5:30-6:30), a mobile video game center and other activities.  Other activities and groups who will be participating include:

  • Police K-9 demonstrations
  • Fire safety information and fire truck displays presented by the Sea Girt Fire Company
  • Swimming safety information and equipment displays presented by the Sea Girt Beach Patrol
  • Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department
  • McGruff the Crime Dog
  • A blood mobile where people can donate blood
  • The Associated Humane Societies – Adopt a Pet
  • Drinking and driving goggle course for adults to see firsthand the dangers of drinking and driving
  • A mobile paper shredder truck to provide a place to shred household paperwork and help prevent identity theft
  • Shore Community Alliance
  • New Jersey National Guard
  • New Jersey Natural Gas
  • Operation Beach Head
  • The Spring Lake Heights Police Department
  • Food and soft drinks
  • And much, much, more….

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

This holiday weekend the Sea Girt Police Department will be conducting a pedestrian decoy operation in the area along First Avenue during the afternoon hours.  This area will be targeted due to the high number of pedestrians who cross at the various intersections to walk to the beach and bathing pavilion.  The Sea Girt Police Department receives complaints from citizens about drivers who often fail to stop as required.

The purpose of the pedestrian decoy operation is to target drivers who are discourteous to pedestrians crossing in designated crosswalks and help educate drivers who are not familiar with the pedestrian right of way laws.

During the operation an officer, in plain clothes will cross the roadway at clearly marked, designated crosswalks.  These officers will make it clear that they intend to cross the roadway.  Violators of the pedestrian right of way laws will be stopped and educated in an effort to prevent future pedestrian collisions.  Officers will also take the opportunity to educate pedestrians who are observed crossing in areas other than designated crosswalks.

In 2012 (the latest statistics published by the State Police) there were 553 traffic fatalities in the State of New Jersey and 163 of those were pedestrians1.  In Monmouth County there were 10 pedestrians killed in traffic collisions in 20122.   New Jersey has a high pedestrian fatality rate, at 1.58 per 100,000 population, it ranks 11th worst in the nation (2010)3.

Drivers in the State of New Jersey are required to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians who are crossing a roadway in a crosswalk and no driver shall pass a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk.  Pedestrians crossing New Jersey’s streets shall cross at crosswalks when available.  Drivers who fail to stop for a pedestrian in marked crosswalk is subject to 2 points and a $200.00 plus any applicable court costs or insurance surcharges.

Pedestrian decoy enforcement operations are expected to take place periodically throughout the busy summer months in Sea Girt and various locations.  Pedestrian safety is always a concern and therefore our officers will routinely enforce these laws at all times while out on patrol.

The Sea Girt Police Department hopes, through publicizing this enforcement operation in advance, the number of violations will be greatly reduced and pedestrian crossings will be safer.

1 http://www.njsp.org/info/fatalacc/pdf/swfcs2_12.pdf

2 http://www.njsp.org/info/fatalacc/pdf/ptccr_12.pdf

3 PSE Training Resource – Civic Eye Collabrative