Assumption College Department of Public Safety Awarded 'Certification’ Status

Assumption College’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) was granted a three-year state certification on Sept. 29 from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). It is only the 50th department in the state to receive such certification.

“Achieving certification 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 MPAC Executive Director Donna Taylor Mooers. “Going through the certification process initially requires intense self-scrutiny, and ultimately provides a quality assurance review of Assumption College’s Department of Public Safety.”

Certification is a voluntary, 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 and 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 the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Under the leadership of Police Chief Robert Murphy and Accreditation Manager and Administrative Lt. Steven Mackay, Assumption’s DPS was reviewed in July by a team of commission-appointed assessors.

“This certification recognizes the Assumption Department of Public Safety’s commitment to the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” said Chief Murphy. “And while I am very pleased that the department has received this prestigious certification, we are now seeking the commission’s highest award, and that is accreditation.”

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews