Seeking a Higher Standard in Law Enforcement
Chief Frederick Ryan is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday May 27, 2014 to begin examining various aspects of the Arlington Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities.
Verification by the Assessment Team that the Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state Accreditation — a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.
These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations, and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation and holding facilities. The program not only sets standards for the law enforcement profession, but also for the delivery of police services to citizens of the commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. In order to achieve Accreditation status, the Department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 60 % of the optional standards.
The Commission offers two program awards: Certification and Accreditation, with Accreditation being the higher of the two. The Arlington Police Department has been a Certified agency since March of 2008. If achieved, the Accreditation award will be granted for a period of three years.
Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to contact Chief Frederick Ryan or the Department’s Accreditation Manager Captain Richard Flynn.