Newburyport City Marshal Mark Murray announced that the Newburyport Police Department earned its re-accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. The department received its award at a ceremony on May 3 at the Connors Center in Dover.
“This is a great achievement that reflects the sustained commitment on behalf of all of our officers and staff to live up to the highest possible standards,” said Murray. “I am especially grateful to Sergeant Gregory Whitney, and the rest of our command staff for their dedication in stewarding the department through this process.”
The accreditation process involves both an internal self-review and an external assessment by the commission’s team of experts. The process is a self-initiated 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.
Under the leadership of Murray, the Newburyport Police Department was assessed April 10-12 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 Donna Taylor Mooers, the Commission’s executive director, in statement.
To conduct the initial self-assessment and prepare for the on-site review of the 246 mandatory standards and 83 optional standards by the Commission, Murray appointed Whitney to serve as the department’s accreditation manager, and Lt. Rick Siemasko to serve as the assistant accreditation manager. This is the fourth time the Newburyport Police Department received its accreditation through MPAC. They first earned the accolade in 2005 after initially receiving certification in 2003.
The MPAC program…