BRIDGEWATER — Chief Christopher Delmonte is pleased to share that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) visited the Bridgewater Police Department last week for a re-accreditation assessment.
The team visited the department on Tuesday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 5, and reviewed the agency’s policies, procedures, operations and facilities.
The verification by the Assessment Team that the department meets MPAC’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or retain state Accreditation — a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards and best practices that have been established in the law enforcement profession, by those in law enforcement.
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 a percentage of the optional standards.
The Bridgewater Police Department has been a certified agency since 2015 and earned accreditation for the first time in 2016. Accreditation is up for renewal every three years, and this is the first time the department has undergone the re-accreditation process.
Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Chief Delmonte, Capt. Thomas Schlatz or Sgt. Thomas LaGrasta at 508-697-6118.
“Accreditation signifies that a department meets a wide array of the highest policing standards,” Chief Delmonte said. “Achieving accreditation is a thorough process, and it’s also an exiting opportunity to reflect on our department’s performance, showcase our work and consider areas for improvement.”
The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission will not officially vote on the Bridgewater Police Department’s application until September.