The Methuen Police Department was accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) on June 21 at the MPAC meeting in Marlborough.
MPD was in a self-assessment phase for years before formally working toward initial certification in 2021 and 2022. After becoming certified in October 2022, the department completed the additional 98 mandatory and 97 optional standards to be assessed for full accreditation on Dec. 13 and 14, 2022. The department was required to meet 75 optional standards based on agency size. After assessors completed their review, the report was examined by a representative from MPAC and sent to the commission for a vote to grant initial accreditation. Accreditation awards are valid for three years and require a reassessment by MPAC to achieve reaccreditation.
MPAC-accredited agencies adhere to the best practices in policing and formally commit to be reviewed on an ongoing basis. The Methuen Police Department will be required to maintain proof of compliance with the accreditation standards while also making updates based on new policies, laws and regulations.
The Methuen Police Department joins 117 other MPAC accredited police agencies in Massachusetts. That comprises about 30 percent of the police agencies in the state.