June 24 2020

Burlington Police Department Receives Fifth Re-Accreditation


The Burlington Police Department has received re-accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC).


Chief Michael Kent said that on June 4, the department was awarded its fifth re-accreditation. The Burlington Police Department has been continuously accredited by MPAC since 2008 and was the 27th department in the state at that time to become accredited.


According to a release from Chief Kent, the accreditation process is lengthy and comprehensive. Participating departments complete an internal self-review and an external assessment by MPAC experts. The process is a voluntary 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.


Members of the department’s Accreditation Team, including Deputy Chief Thomas Browne, led efforts to earn the re-accreditation, the release states. The department was assessed in January by a team of commission-appointed assessors. The Assessment Team found the department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for re-accreditation.


“We’ve been honored to receive this designation over the past 12 years as a sign of our dedication to offering the highest quality services possible for our residents,” Chief Kent said. “Thank you to Deputy Chief Browne for his work and leadership through the accreditation process. MPAC sets high standards for police departments throughout the state to adhere to, and I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work the men and women of the Burlington Police Department do each day to meet these standards.”


The MPAC program requires that departments meet all 257 of their mandatory standards and 60 percent of the 125 optional requirements, the release explains. 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, Training, Traffic, Drug Enforcement and Victim/Witness Assistance.


The Commission offers two program awards: Certification and accreditation, with the latter being the higher of the two.


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