Update June 19, 2014: The Assessment Team has completed its review, and we expect we will be recommended for re-accreditation with the Commission at its next meeting. Thank you to all of the staff who worked so hard to make our assessment successful!
Chief Ralph “Buddy” Gould is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, to begin examining various aspects of the policies and procedures, operations and facilities of the Campus Police Department for Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges.
Verification by the Assessment Team that the Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state re-Accreditation -- 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.
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 55% of the optional standards.
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 Buddy Gould or the Department’s Accreditation Managers, Jeanne Tripp or Sergeant Frank Rogala at (413) 538-2304.
The Commission invites written comments about the agency as they pertain to complying with accreditation standards by June 9, 2014:
Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission, Inc.
110 Haverhill Road – Suite 395
Amesbury, MA 01913