Campus Police Receives Prestigious Massachusetts Police Accreditation
For the thousands of Assumption students, faculty and staff who live and work on campus, their wellbeing is enhanced by the trusted and decorated Public Safety Department. Assumption is well known for its safety and security thanks to Public Safety’s high visibility, which was elevated once again with their highest commendation yet: accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.
“Achieving Accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is a very significant accomplishment and a recognition highly regarded by the law enforcement community,” said Donna Taylor Mooers, the Commission’s executive director.
Accreditation is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards 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 and vehicular pursuit. The program not only sets standards for the law enforcement profession, but also for the delivery of police services to citizens of the commonwealth.
The Commission offers two program awards: Certification and Accreditation, with Accreditation being the higher of the two. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary. Under the leadership of Chief Steven B. Carl and Lieutenant Anthony Krow, the College’s accreditation manager, Campus Police has been working on this process for many years, which involved an assessment by a team of Commission-appointed assessors in June. The Assessment Team found the Department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for Accreditation. The journey culminated in Campus Police receiving the Accreditation at an Oct. 24 ceremony.
Lt. Krow said the College has been engaged in the accreditation process for nearly a decade and has involved comprehensive self-assessment to “determine what needed to be implemented in terms of policy and procedures that comply with the national Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) standards that professional police departments strive to achieve.” “The primary benefit of the implementation and application of these standards ensures that we are following best practices to protect and serve the Assumption College community,” he added.
“The Assumption College Police Department continually assesses all public safety threats and concerns and how they may impact our community,” said Lt. Krow. “Training is on-going and always addresses any new tactics and standards for police response. Our Department takes pride in not only meeting national standards for training, but consistently exceeding them.”
Because of Campus Police’s initiative and dedication to delivering the highest quality service possible, “the majority of our College community views Public Safety as a positive resource that works to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors to study, work and live,” Lt. Krow added
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College