Accreditation Spotlight - Jennifer Ruggeri
Newtown Township Police Department is proud to announce that its Accreditation Manager, Jennifer Ruggeri has earned the Law Enforcement Accreditation Manager Certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Last month, Ms. Ruggeri became the first Law Enforcement Certified CALEA Accreditation Manager in Pennsylvania. She is one of only 63 professionals in the world to have earned this certification.
The purpose of CALEA is to improve the delivery of public safety services by maintaining a body of professional standards. Accreditation from CALEA is a multi-year process that provides a planning framework, encourages organizational growth and improvement, promotes both sound operational decisions and an open dialogue with the local community.
In 2017, Ms. Ruggeri began a dual accreditation process for both CALEA and Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC), on behalf of Newtown Township Police Department. Both accreditations were achieved within 18 months.
“We are extremely proud of Jennifer for being awarded the Accreditation Manager Certification from CALEA,” said Police Chief Christopher Lunn. “The Certification confirms her exemplary professionalism and dedication to helping the Newtown Township Police Department uphold the highest possible professional standards.
Ms. Ruggeri has been with the Newtown Township Police Department since 2015. With a background in anthropology and forensic chemistry, Ms. Ruggeri is a proven public safety professional in Pennsylvania, with over 30 years of emergency service-related experience, covering many disciplines. In addition to her CALEA and PLEAC accreditation, Ms. Ruggeri is a PowerDMS Certified Professional, having completed all required training in this platform. She lives in East Bradford Township, Chester County, with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano.