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News Accreditation Commission to Visit Massachusetts State Police

9/22/2022
  • Massachusetts State Police

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher Mason is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) is scheduled to arrive on October 11, 2022 , to conduct an assessment of various aspects of the Massachusetts State Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations, and facilities. 

Law Enforcement Accreditation is a set of nationally recognized standards that reflect the best practices in policy, operations and facilities.  It is a proven management model that increases operational efficiency, improves the delivery of services, reduces risk and lowers costs.  Accreditation has become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement.

The standards upon which a Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of law enforcement practitioners and researchers. Major law-enforcement associations, leading educational and training institutions, governmental agencies, and law enforcement executives internationally acknowledge that the voluntary and transparent application of a public safety accreditation program is the benchmark for today’s law enforcement agency. 

Accreditation standards generally dictate which topical areas an agency must have policies and procedures on.  Accreditation standards focus upon providing the Department with “what” must be accomplished to meet the standard(s), while leaving the “how” of meeting the standard up to the Department. 

The MPAC Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards.  In order to achieve accreditation status, the Massachusetts State Police must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 75 percent of the optional standards. 

Accreditation is a commitment to our members and to the public we serve, to meet and uphold state and national recognized law enforcement best practices, a commitment that carries beyond the award of accreditation, into the methods with which we operate and serve each and every day.​

Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.  Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to contact the Office of the Superintendent at 508-820-2350 or the Massachusetts State Police Accreditation Manager at william.pinkes@mass.gov.

Massachusetts State Police 

The Massachusetts State Police serves as the statewide law enforcement agency and maintains investigative, tactical, and support units throughout the Commonwealth.
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