In order for our Department to be recognized as an accredited agency, I have requested an on-site assessment by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission, Inc.
As you know, verification by an Assessment Team that our Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state accreditation -- a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. To this end, I am pleased to announce that a team of assessors (identified below) is scheduled to arrive on June 28, 2017, to begin the assessment process and peer review. As you can see, the team is comprised of four local law enforcement officials. All have been especially trained and certified to conduct the assessment on behalf of the Commission.
Assessors: Chief George McNeil – Somerset PD
Sergeant Timothy McDonough – Burlington PD
Sergeant Jeffrey Young – Concord PD.
Facilitator: Captain Paul Coughlin, Ret- Arlington PD
In order to achieve accredited status, we must be able to demonstrate that we are in compliance with all of the Commission’s mandatory standards as well as the required percentage of optional standards for our size agency. While here, and as part of the verification process, Assessors will be examining some of our policies, procedures, facilities and equipment. They will also be interacting with members of the Department to observe how we operate.
The on-site assessment will conclude June 30, 2017 with a briefing with the assessors. The Team will then report its findings to the Commission, which in turn will decide if accredited status should be awarded. If awarded