SOMERSET — Chief George McNeil is pleased to share that the Somerset Police Department has recently earned its re-accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC).
Chief McNeil and the department’s Accreditation Manager, Sgt. Adam DaRosa, were recently notified of the successful accreditation. The typical in-person accreditation ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The accreditation process is lengthy and comprehensive. Participating departments take part in an internal self-review and an external assessment by MPAC experts. The process is a voluntary 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.
The Somerset Police Department has been continuously accredited by MPAC since 2008.
As part of the process the department was assessed from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27 by a team of commission-appointed assessors, who found the department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for accreditation.
“Accreditation represents our officers’ unwavering hard work and our department’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of policing,” Chief McNeil said. “I would like to commend and thank Sgt. DaRosa for his work and leadership as our accreditation manager throughout this process. This is our fifth time being accredited by the commission and we will continue to strive to adhere to the top standards of law enforcement.”
The MPAC program requires that departments meet all 257 of their mandatory standards and a certain percentage of optional requirements. Somerset was required to meet 55% of the 125 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, Training, Traffic, Drug Enforcement and Victim/Witness Assistance.
The commission offers two program awards: certification and accreditation, with the latter being the higher of the two.