Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474
For Immediate Release
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Arlington Police Department Earns Full State Re-Accreditation
ARLINGTON — Chief Frederick Ryan is pleased to announce that the Arlington Police Department earned its re-accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC).
The department received its award at a ceremony yesterday at the Connors Center in Dover.
“This is a tremendous achievement that reflects the commitment by our entire department to maintain the highest level of professionalism,” Chief Ryan said. “I am especially grateful to our accreditation manager, Captain Richard Flynn, and the rest of our command staff for their leadership in navigating us through this challenging process.”
The accreditation process is long and rigorous. It involves both an internal self-review and an external assessment by the commission’s team of experts. The process is a self-initiated evaluation by which police departments strive to meet and maintain the top standards of law enforcement. It is considered the best measure for a police department to compare itself against the established best practices around the country and region.
Under the leadership of Chief Ryan, the Arlington Police Department was assessed on June 20-22 by a team of commission-appointed assessors. The Assessment Team found the department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for accreditation.
To conduct the initial self-assessment and prepare for the on-site review of the 257 mandatory standards and 125 optional standards by the Commission, Chief Ryan appointed Capt. Flynn to serve as the department’s Accreditation Manager.
This is the second time the Arlington Police Department received its accreditation through MPAC. They first earned the accolade in 2014 after initially receiving Certification in 2008.
The MPAC program requires that departments meet all the applicable mandatory standards and a percentage of the optional requirements. These carefully selected measures include: Jurisdiction and Mutual Aid, Collection and Preservation of Evidence, Communications, Working Conditions, Crime Analysis, Community Involvement, Financial Management, Internal Affairs, Juvenile Operations, Patrol Administration, Public Information, Records, Traffic, Training, Drug Enforcement and Victim/Witness Assistance.
The commission offers two program awards: certification and accreditation, with accreditation being the more prestigious of the two. Accreditation is granted for a period of three years. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary.