|Certification is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession. These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations, and technical support activities.|
They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation and holding facilities.
The program not only sets standards for the law enforcement profession, but also for the delivery of police services to the citizens of Abington and the Commonwealth.
Achieving Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is considered a very significant accomplishment and is a recognition that is highly regarded by the law enforcement community, said Donna Taylor Mooers, the Commission’s Executive Director.
The Abington Police Department was assessed by a team of Commission-appointed assessors. The Assessment Team found the Abington Police Department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for Certification.
Here are just some of the things Certifications does for the police department;
Provides a process to correct deficiencies before they become public problems,
Requires the Department to commit to policies and procedures in writing,
Promotes accountability among Department personnel,
Ensures consistent application of policies,
Provides a means of independent evaluation of the Departments operations,
Minimizes the Departments and towns exposure to liability to reduce our insurance costs, and
Enhances the reputation of the department.
Special thanks to Sergeant Roderick Ambrose who worked tirelessly over the last two years to prepare officers meet this goal.