Police Officer Joseph Youngberg #110

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The Ridgewood Police Department is a C.A.L.E.A. Accredited Law Enforcement Agency.  C.A.L.E.A. is an acronym for The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

 

The Ridgewood Police Department is one of the longest continuously accredited agencies in the State of New Jersey, maintaining continuous accreditation since 1996.


The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations:
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE);
  • National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to:
  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities;
  • Formalize essential management procedures;
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices;
  • Improve service delivery;
  • Solidify inter-agency cooperation and coordination; and
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency.
The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery—regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency.This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards which:
  • CALEA Accreditation requires an agency to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.
  • CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analyses a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
  • CALEA Accreditation requires a preparedness program be put in place—so an agency is ready to address natural or man-made unusual occurrences.
  • CALEA Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon an agency’s relationship with the community.
  • CALEA Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
  • Being CALEA Accredited can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
  • CALEA Accreditation facilitates an agency’s pursuit of professional excellence.

1996 - Initial Accreditation

Lt. Richard Meier

Accreditation Manager

Sgt. David Keirnan

Accreditation Manager

Chief Jacqueline Luthcke

(As Sgt. and Lt. Luthcke)

Accreditation Manager

Ptl. Joseph Youngberg

Ptl. Joseph Youngberg has been involved in the accreditation process since 2009 serving, at first, as the Assistant Accreditation Manager under Chief Luthcke, and being promoted to Manager in 2014.  Ptl. Youngberg has been a member of a team of officers who have successfully lead the Ridgewood Police Department to be the longest continuously accredited department in the State of New Jersey.  Ptl. Youngberg has also aided the Ridgewood Police Department in being recognized as a Flagship Agency and receiving a Meritorious Accreditation through C.A.L.E.A. 

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