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Merrimack College Department of Police Services is Awarded Accreditation Status

December 12, 2012
On May 5, 2011, Merrimack College Department of Police Services was the 37th police department and the 5th campus police department in Massachusetts to receive state accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC).

Accreditation is 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. These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations, and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation and holding facilities. The program not only sets standards for the law enforcement profession, but also for the delivery of police services to citizens of the commonwealth.

“Achieving Accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is considered a very significant accomplishment, and is a recognition that is highly regarded by the law enforcement community,” said Donna Taylor Mooers, the Commission’s Executive Director.

Under the leadership of Chief Ronald J. Guilmette the Merrimack College Police Department was assessed in April, 2011 by a team of Commission-appointed assessors. The Assessment Team found the Department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for Accreditation.

“Going through the process initially requires intense self-scrutiny, and ultimately provides a quality assurance review of the agency,” said Mooers. To conduct the initial self-assessment and prepare for the on-site review of the required standards by the Commission, in 2009, Chief Guilmette appointed Lieutenant Jan Fuller to serve as the Department’s Accreditation Manager. Lieutenant Thomas J. Murphy provided support.

The Commission offers two program awards: Certification and Accreditation, with Accreditation being the higher of the two.

Accreditation has been granted for a period of three years. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary.

The Merrimack College Department of Police Services is located in the rear of Monican at basement level and is staffed 24/7 - 365 days per year by sworn Police Officers and civilian personnel.

The Campus Police Officers of the Department of Police Services are granted police authority under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 22c Section 63. Campus Police Officers have the same authority on campus as State and Municipal Police Officers have in their respective jurisdictions.

The Department of Police Services strives to maintain a solid working relationship with all state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, along with all aspects of the judicial system. Campus Police Officers perform many different duties, including community policing programs, campus patrols on foot, on bikes and in police cruisers. Officers respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, investigate suspicious and criminal activity and take the appropriate action. Officers are also trained in emergency medical procedures and are First Responder and CPR/AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) certified.

The Department also has emergency telephones strategically located throughout the campus that connect directly to the Department of Police Services for emergencies or personal safety escorts.

Officers enforce the laws of the Commonwealth and the College’s rules and regulations.

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