On September 10, 2009, the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission voted to grant accreditation status to the Rowley Police Department for a third time. The Rowley Police Department was the first agency in the State of Massachusetts to achieve Certification in 2002. One year later in 2003 we became the 13th agency to achieve full accreditation. We have successfully re-accredited in 2006 and now in 2009.
Accreditation is 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. 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 citizens of the commonwealth.
"Achieving Accreditation 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."
Under the leadership of Chief Kevin Barry, the Rowley Police Department was assessed in August by a team of Commission-appointed assessors. The Assessment Team found the Department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for Accreditation.
"Going through the process initially requires intense self-scrutiny, and ultimately provides a quality assurance review of the agency," said Mooers. In order to conduct the initial self-assessment and prepare for the on-site review of the 253 standards by the Commission, each department must have an accreditation manager. Deputy Chief Robert Barker has served in this position since the program began, having been appointed by Chief Barry in 1998 while serving as Lieutenant. Due to a major revision of the standards Officer David Sedgwick was brought in to help during this accreditation and played a significant role in our success.
The Commission offers two program awards: Certification and Accreditation, with Accreditation being the higher of the two. Accreditation has been granted for a period of three years. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary.