UMass Dartmouth Police Chief Emil Fioravanti is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on Monday, October 1, 2018 to begin examining various aspects of the UMass Dartmouth Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities.
Verification by the MPAC Assessment Team that the UMass Dartmouth Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain state accreditation -- a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession. Upon completion of this re-accreditation assessment, the Department will have reached full accreditation status for the third time. The Department received initial accreditation in 2012 and was re-accredited in 2015.
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 55 percent of the optional standards. The accreditation will be valid for three years.
Achieving accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.