Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 463: Revoking Executive Order No. 392

Date: 02/07/2005
Issuer: Mitt Romney
Mass Register: No. 1020
Revoking: Executive Order 392

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WHEREAS, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) is a consortium comprised of four professional non-profit law enforcement organizations (International Chiefs of Police Association, Police Executive Research Forum, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association);

WHEREAS, it is commonly accepted that accreditation should be a function of a professional organization or association and not a unit of government;

WHEREAS, an agency's participation in an accreditation program and process is entirely voluntary;

WHEREAS, Massachusetts has funded the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission as a government entity for seven years, during which time the MPAC has accredited 12 and certified 11 police departments; and

WHEREAS, without sacrificing a core mission of government and consistent with other jurisdictions' best practices, the Commonwealth's law enforcement agencies will be best served if police accreditation services become the responsibility of a professional organization.

NOW THEREFORE, I, MITT ROMNEY, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby declare that the MPAC shall cease to be a function of government and should become the responsibility of the professional associations of Massachusetts, coordinated by and through the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. Such restructuring will allow state accreditation to continue in a manner consistent with the national model, in which the responsibility of accreditation is performed by a professional organization rather than as a function of government. Accordingly, effective February 4, 2005, Executive Order No. 392 entitled: "To Establish a Massachusetts Municipal Police Accreditation Program," is hereby revoked.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 7th day of February in the year of our Lord two thousand and five, and of the Independence of the United States of America two hundred and twenty eight.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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