Three members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Officer receive command executive certification.

MAYS LANDING – The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police has awarded Accredited Command Executive certification status to Capt. Kevin B. Hincks, Capt. Brian J. Lee and Lt. Matthew E. Paley of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

“The only way we can truly achieve reform in our criminal justice system is through education, professionalism, and accountability,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.

All three law enforcement leaders “have forged a path for others to follow in their footsteps.  The information they have learned can be spread down through the ranks which will re-enforce the strength of the entire agency,” Tyner said.

Certification status is good for three years. To be re-certified, they must show they have maintained the training and leadership standards since their initial award of certification. Certified command executives join a select group of law enforcement professionals: only 33% of state police chiefs are certified and 29% of municipalities have certified command executives.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of Capt. Lee, Capt. Hincks and Lt. Paley for their acceptance into the Accredited Command Executive Program. It is a benefit for the members of the Detective Division to see that their Command Staff are always trying to improve in order to make the agency stronger,” Chief of County Investigators Bruce DeShields said.

The NJSACOP ACE Certification Program directly encourages New Jersey’s law enforcement executives to attain sanctioned benchmarks in pursuit of a recommended standard for police leadership that are measurable and attainable.


Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.