The Office of Professional Standards is responsible for maintaining, evaluating and periodically recommending updates for the Evesham Police Department Manual. The manual consists of ten volumes containing over three hundred different policies and directives that members of the Evesham Police Department follow in the course of their daily duties. The manual is constantly reviewed to guarantee the policies and directives are consistent with changes in laws and procedures and well as the needs of the community.
The Office of Professional Standards maintains direct oversight of the Training Unit of the Evesham Police Department which is responsible for in-service training, roll call training and our field training program. Officers in the agency participate in continuing education programs and instruction on a daily basis as part of their career advancement and service to the community. Officers receive in-service training prepared by the Office of Professional Standards as well as attending sessions at outside agencies and police academies. The Evesham Police Department strives to provide our officers with the most updated, advanced and efficient means of receiving training on changes in law and procedures as well at the changes in society and the needs of the community.The Office of Professional Standards is also responsible in overseeing department inspections, the Early Intervention Program, the Performance Evaluation System and the Employee Assistance Program.
Finally, the Office of Professional Standards oversees the accreditation process of the department. As commander of the Office of Professional Standards, Lt. Ronald Ritter also serves as the accredidation manager. The Evesham Police Department is proud to have achieved national accreditation with CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies). The process is voluntary and required the agency to develop extensive written directives which strengthened accountability and developed a stronger relationship with the community. The accreditation process requires constant monitoring and is reassessed every three years. Currently, the Evesham Police Department one of only nine police agencies in the State of New Jersey to have national accreditation with CALEA.
Lt. Ron Ritter was hired in Evesham Township in 1997 after having served in Medford Township as a patrolman for a year and a half. Lt. Ritter graduated from the Burlington County Police Academy in 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rowan University. He is currently working on obtaining a Masters in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Lt. Ritter rose through the ranks being promoted to Corporal in 2001 and Sergeant in 2004. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2014 and is assigned as the bureau commander for the Office of Professional Standards.
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