Michael P. Peoples retired as the Chief of Police of the Long Hill Township New Jersey Police Department after serving 25 years with the department, the last 6 years as Chief of Police. The Long Hill Township Police Department is the first Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency in New Jersey designated by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 1985. During his tenure with the Long Hill Township Police Department, Mr. Peoples served as the Accreditation Manager and subsequently guided the department through several re-accreditation on site assessments. Mr. Peoples was instrumental in implementing the consolidation of the Long Hill Township Police Department Communications Center with a neighboring municipal Communications Center. The consolidation success was featured by Rutgers University, the Edward J Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, in a publication titled, “Saving Lives, Increasing Value: Opportunities and Strategies for Consolidating New Jersey’s 9-1-1 Emergency Services.”
Mr. Peoples currently serves as the Director of the Morris County Emergency Communications Center, which is the largest regional consolidated Communications Center in New Jersey. The Communications Center achieved National CALEA Communications Accreditation in 2015 and was re-accredited in 2018 and again in 2022. In 2020, the Communications Center was awarded APCO 33 Training Certification, one of only 15 Emergency Communications Centers nationwide to hold both CALEA Accreditation and APCO 33 Certification. Recently, the Communications Center received the Partner in Education Recognition Program (PIER) designation from the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). PIER recognizes exceptional dedication to training and education. The International Academy of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) has Accredited the Communications Center for adherence to their emergency medical dispatch protocols.
Mr. Peoples is an original Commissioner member of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation Commission formed in 2003. In 2005, he was appointed Commission Chair for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation Commission. Mr. Peoples served as an Assessor and Team Leader for CALEA between 2002 and 2010. He has conducted numerous on-site assessments for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, and for CALEA, in the Law Enforcement and Communications Accreditation programs.
Mr. Peoples holds a Master’s of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Thomas Edison State College and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Thomas Edison State College. He is a graduate of the 218th Class of the F.B.I. National Academy Class. Mr. Peoples holds the Emergency Number Professional (ENP) certification from NENA.