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April 4, 2017 | Category: Announcement

TO: Faculty and Staff, All campuses

FROM: Deputy Chief Mark Keith

The Department of Public and Environmental Safety is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on campus on April 25th, 26th and 27th, 2017 to begin examining various aspects of the Tufts University Police Department and the Department of Public Safety’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities.

Verification by the assessment team that the department meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state accreditation -- a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards.  In order to achieve accreditation status, the department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 55 percent of the optional standards based on the size of the agency.

Achieving accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.  Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Sr. Director of Public and Environmental Safety Kevin Maguire or Deputy Chief Linda R. O’Brien, the department’s accreditation manager.

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