METHUEN — Chief Scott J. McNamara is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on Dec. 13 to begin examining various aspects of the Methuen Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations, and facilities.
The department achieved initial Certification on Oct. 16, 2022, and will now be assessed for Accelerated Accreditation.
Verification by the assessment team that the department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state Accreditation — a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established forthe profession, by the profession.
The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. In order to achieve accreditation status, the department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 60% of the optional standards.
Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Chief Scott McNamara or the Department’s Accreditation Managers, Lieutenant Eric Ferreira, and Sergeant Matthew Mueskes.