DARTMOUTH – Chief Brian Levesque is pleased to announce that the Dartmouth Police Department has been fully re-accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC).
“We are delighted to receive new accreditation for the third time as it demonstrates our department’s dedication to establishing and maintaining best policing practices,” said Chief Levesque. “I would like to recognize and thank our Director of Accreditation, Deputy Chief James Storey and Deputy Chief Tony Vincent for their commitment to this process and their leadership throughout the process. ”
MPAC again granted full accreditation status to the department on August 19. The usual in-person accreditation ceremony has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the fourth time that the Dartmouth Police Department has achieved accreditation status. The department was first accredited in 2012 and was re-accredited in 2015 and 2018.
Accreditation is a self-initiated, lengthy and comprehensive assessment process. Participating departments conduct an internal self-assessment and an external assessment by MPAC experts. The process is a voluntary assessment by which police services strive to meet and maintain the highest standards of law enforcement. It is considered the best measure for a police service to compare itself to the best practices established in the country and the region.
The department was assessed in April by a team of assessors appointed by the Commission. The evaluation team found that the ministry met all applicable re-accreditation standards.
The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program includes 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. In order to obtain accreditation status, the ministry was required to meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 60% of voluntary standards.
These carefully selected standards reflect the critical areas of police management, operations and technical support activities. They cover areas such as jurisdiction and mutual aid, collection and preservation of evidence, communications, working conditions, crime analysis, community involvement, financial management, internal affairs, operations for minors, administration of patrols, public information, records, training, trafficking, the fight against drugs. and assistance to victims / witnesses.
Accreditation must be renewed every three years and, following this year’s renewal, the Dartmouth Police Department will again be able to re-certify in May 2024.
The Commission offers two program awards: certification and accreditation, the latter being the higher of the two.