Chief James G. Downes III
23 Pleasant Street
PO Box 154
Dunstable, MA 01827
For Immediate Release
Friday, May 6, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Dunstable Police Awarded State Certification Status
DUNSTABLE — Police Chief James G. Downes III is pleased to announce that the Dunstable Police Department has achieved State Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) and were honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 5 at the Connors Center in Dover.
Certification is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain the highest standards of law enforcement and is considered the best measure a
department can take to maintain the established best practices from around the country.
“I am incredibly proud of the men and women of the Dunstable Police Department, who will be recognized for their professionalism, hard work and dedication to public safety,” Chief Downes said. “We are committed to upholding the highest standards of law enforcement and achieving state certification is certainly an honor for all of us.”
The certification process is long and vigorous. It involves both an internal self-review and an external assessment by the Commission’s team of subject matter experts.
The MPAC program requires that departments meet all of the mandatory policing standards. Earlier this year, the Department was evaluated by a team of Commission-appointed assessors who found police to be in full compliance with all of the necessary standards required for certification.
Certification has been granted for a period of three years. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary.