Chief Michael P. Murphy
150 Park St.
North Reading, MA 01864
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
North Reading Police Department Awarded Full State Re-Accreditation
NORTH READING — Chief Michael Murphy is pleased to announce that the North Reading Police Department earned its re-accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC).
The department received its award at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 3 at the Connors Center in Dover.
The accreditation process is long and vigorous. It 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 Chief Murphy, the North Reading Police Department was assessed earlier this year by a team of commission-appointed assessors. The Assessment Team found the department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for accreditation.
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, Chief Murphy appointed Sgt. Derek Howe, Sgt. Anthony Morlani and Officer James Carcia to oversee the accreditation process.
This is the third time the North Reading Police Department received its accreditation through MPAC. They first earned the accolade in January 2011.
“It is an honor to achieve re-accreditation through MPAC again,” Chief Murphy said. “I am proud of our entire department for all of their hard work and dedication, especially for our accreditation team, Sgt. Howe, Sgt. Morlani and Officer Carcia, as this wouldn’t have been possible without their extra efforts.”
The MPAC program requires that departments meet all the mandatory standards and percentage of the optional requirements. These carefully selected measures include: Jurisdiction and Mutual Aid, Collection and Preservation of Evidence, Communications, Working Conditions, Crime Analysis, Community Involvement, Financial Management, Internal Affairs, Juvenile Operations, Patrol Administration, Public Information, Records, Traffic, Training, Drug Enforcement and Victim/Witness Assistance.
The commission offers two program awards: certification and accreditation, with accreditation the higher of the two. Accreditation is granted for a period of three years. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary.