The Salem County Prosecutor’s Office is scheduled for an assessment as part of its program to achieve accreditation by verifying that it meets recognized professional best practices.

Administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas: the administrative function, the personnel function, the operations function, the investigative function, and the arrestee/detainee function.

A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) on September 15, 2021, will examine all aspects of the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Acting Prosecutor Kristin Telsey announced today.

“Verification by the team that the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office meets the Commission’s “best practice” standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Acting Prosecutor Kristin Telsey 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 609-929-1386 on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, between the hours of 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM.  Email comments can be sent to Accreditation Manager Michael Colletti at .

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  Please contact Accreditation Manager  Michael Colletti at 856-935-7510, Extension 8805, for information about the standards.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program Director at or write the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, NJ 08053.

The Salem County Prosecutor’s Office must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accredited status. Acting Prosecutor Kristin Telsey 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 Director for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado, Ed.S.  “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 please write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053 or email

Media Contact:
Acting Prosecutor Kristin J. Telsey
Salem County Prosecutor’s Office
87 Market Street
Salem, NJ 08079
Phone: 856-935-7510, Extension 8624

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