GROVELAND 一 Chief Jeffrey T. Gillen is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to visit on Dec. 7-8 to begin examining aspects of the Groveland Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations, and facilities.
Accreditation is a self-initiated, voluntary evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.
The Groveland Police Department achieved Certification, the first MPAC level, in September 2021. Certification means that the Department met or exceeded 159 mandatory standards in areas such as officer and public safety, high liability/risk management issues, and operational efficiency.
The Accreditation evaluation will consist of a two-day assessment in the agency’s facility by assessors verifying compliance with all applicable standards. It begins with an introductory meeting between agency personnel and the assessment team and concludes with an agency briefing to summarize the assessment team’s findings and recommendations. Compliance with standards is verified by reviewing
the agency’s written directives and supporting documentation, speaking with agency personnel, and observing various aspects of the agency’s facility.
The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. To achieve Accreditation status, the Department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 55 percent of the optional standards.
Achieving accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Chief Gillen at 978-521-1212.