Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • October 28, 2009 Ramsey Public invited to provide police department input Ramsey residents are encouraged to provide input on the borough’s police department, which is currently seeking state accreditation. On Nov. 15, a team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police in alliance with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will visit the borough to examine all aspects of the Ramey Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. During this voluntary process, the team will verify that the Ramsey Police Department meets the commission’s state-of-theart standards. Ramsey Police Chief Bryan Gurney noted that accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the accreditation assessors assigned to the onsite assessment by calling the assessor’s dedicated telephone line, (201) 327-1700 on Monday, Nov. 16 between 10 a.m. and noon. Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the required standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Ramsey Police Department by contacting Captain Raymond Bailey, the department’s accreditation manager, at (201) 327-2400. The Ramsey Police Department must comply with a total of 112 standards in order to gain New Jersey accreditation, Chief Gurney said. He explained that the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies within the state. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance may be witnessed. The assessors are trained members of the New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. write to the commission at 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215; or call 1-800-368-3757. Information is also available from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, at One Greentree Center, Suite 201, Marlton, New Jersey 08053, (856) 988-5880, or via e-mail at, njsacop@njsacop.org. Knights award scholarships The Rev. Patrick F. Pindar Council, Ramsey Knights of Columbus, recently awarded scholarships to two students who have begun their college studies. The recipients are Muriel “Mia” Payraudeau and Brian Waters. Payraudeau is the daughter of Dominique and Eileen Payraudeau. She is currently attending the University of Vermont. Waters, son of Celeste Waters of Monroe, New York, and Ralph Waters of Fresno, California, has matriculated at Stony Brook University. Waters’ grandfather, Alfred Battipede, and his uncle, Past Grand Knight Robert Battipede, are members of the Ramsey Knights. Deputy Grand Knight Michael Adams, Scholarship Chairman Alex Stecyna, Eileen Payraudeau, Brian Waters, Mia Payraudeau, and Grand Knight Stephen Adams.