Northborough – Northborough Chief of Police William Lyver announced that the Northborough Police Department formally received its fifth consecutive accreditation award Oct. 24. The presentation was made by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission at its meeting in Dover.
The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program offers an accreditation process for police agencies across the commonwealth that consists of two major components: the establishment of a body of professional standards for police agencies to meet and a voluntary assessment process by which agencies can be publicly recognized for meeting those standards considered best practices for the profession.
The program involves a thorough examination of the agency by commission-appointed assessors. The Police Department must demonstrate its ongoing commitment to meeting professional standards, that it is willing to be assessed on a regularly scheduled basis by commission-appointed assessors to confirm compliance with professional standards and agree to correct any deficiencies discovered during the assessment process to establish or re-establish compliance with standards.
“Maintaining our accredited status is symbolic of our commitment to professional excellence,” Lyver said in a press release. “It means that we have agreed to adopt the program standards as a way of doing business on a daily basis and those standards are considered best practices in law enforcement.”