An assessment team from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to make a visit to the Hamilton Police Department next month as part of the department’s reaccreditation process.
In order for Hamilton Police Department to be re-accredited as a state accredited agency, Chief Russell Stevens requested the on-site assessment by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.
Verification by an assessment team that the police department meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain state accreditation. State accreditation is highly sought after by police departments throughout the Commonwealth, according to Stevens.
The Hamilton Police Department first earned accreditation in 2012 and was the 48th department in the state to get accredited. The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program has 257 mandatory standards and 125 optional standards. To first earn accreditation, the Hamilton police had to meet all applicable mandatory standards plus 60 percent of the optional standards. The standards cover various topics, including police management, operations and technical support, emergency response planning, training, communications and property and evidence handling.
Stevens announced this week that a team of assessors are scheduled to arrive in Hamilton on Monday, Sept. 14 and return again on Tuesday, Sept. 15 for the two-day assessment. The team will be comprised of two or three law enforcement officials, all of whom have been specially trained by the commission to conduct the assessment.
“As we look forward to a successful review, I would like to take this opportunity and thank everyone for their continued support of the Police Department as they progressed through the reaccreditation process,” Stevens said.
He also thanked Lt. Scott Janes and Officer Matthew Donovan for their tireless effort working towards the department’s first reaccreditation.
During the on-site assessment in September, the Hamilton Police Department must be able to demonstrate to the assessors that they are in compliance with the commission’s mandatory standards and the required percentage of the optional standards for its size.
While at the Hamilton Police Department, the assessors will be examining policies, procedures, the facility and equipment.
Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Stevens or Janes, who is the department’s accreditation manager, at 978-468-1212.