ROCKPORT — Chief John Horvath is pleased to announce that assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) will conduct a three-day examination of the Rockport Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities next month.
Verification by the Assessment Team that the department meets MPAC standards is part of the process to gain or maintain state accreditation — a voluntary self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.
The MPAC team will conduct the on-site assessment on Feb. 4-6.
Rockport Police received State Certification on July 30, 2003 and full State Accreditation on June 17, 2005. The department has successfully received re-accreditation every three years since.
“MPAC accreditation is a great honor and recognition for the department, and we look forward to the visit from the assessors next month,” Chief Horvath said. “I am proud of the hard work and commitment to excellence displayed by everyone in the department that has gotten us to this point.”
The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. In order to achieve accreditation status, the Rockport Police must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 55 percent of the optional standards.
Anyone interested in learning more about this accreditation process is encouraged to contact Chief Horvath at 978-546-1212.