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MCPD Achieves Re-Accreditation
On May 2, 2014, Merrimack College Police Department was again granted Accreditation status, meeting 326 standards set by by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.
The Commission offers two program awards: Certification, which MCPD was awarded in 2010, 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 Department’s initial Accreditation award was achieved in 2011.
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.