State Accreditation

Haverhill Police Department was Accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) in November 2020.

About the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program:
  • Massachusetts is one of 25 states that offer an accreditation program for its law enforcement community separate from the national Accreditation program.
  • For Accreditation, the Department was required to meet 257 mandatory standards, plus 82 of the optional standards.
According to MPAC, achieving Accreditation Status Means:
  1. The agency is committed to meeting professional standards.
  2. The agency is willing to be assessed on a regularly scheduled basis by Commission-appointed assessors to confirm compliance with professional standards; and
  3. The agency agrees to correct any deficiencies discovered during the assessment process to establish or re-establish compliance with standards.

You may visit the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission website by clicking HERE

National Accreditation:

Haverhill Police Department received National Accreditation in November of 2021. The department met the 180 standards required and is one of only 6 police departments in Massachusetts to receive this status.

The Gold Standard in Public Safety

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations. The CALEA Accreditation program seals are reserved for use by those public safety agencies that have demonstrated compliance with CALEA Standards and have been awarded CALEA Accreditation by the Commission.

Law Enforcement Accreditation

The Law Enforcement Accreditation process focuses on standards that provide best practices related to life, health, and safety procedures for the agency. These standards are considered foundational for contemporary law enforcement agencies.

The program provides the framework for addressing high risk issues within a contemporary environment, and ensures officers are prepared to meet basic community service expectations and prepared to manage critical events.

Maintaining Compliance and Reaccreditation

The accreditation process is considered an essential management model that guides the public safety agencies through organizational growth, challenges, and change.

The accreditation process is not to be viewed as an event that occurs once every review cycle; rather, as an on-going, quality performance review of the agency. A successful reaccreditation is contingent upon the agency's ability to demonstrate continued compliance with applicable standards during the period being reviewed.

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