Bedford Police Department to Undergo Police Accreditation Commission

November 22, 2023

By The Bedford Police Department

Chief John Fisher is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, Nov. 28 to begin examining various aspects of the Bedford Police Department’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.

Bedford has been certified since 2010 and fully accredited since 2017. This will be a new evaluation to confirm that the department has maintained these high standards during this time.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 274 mandatory standards as well as 120 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.

Achieving accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Chief Fisher or the Department’s Accreditation Manager, Sgt. Ronald Undzis, Jr. The non-emergency phone number to the police department is 781-275-1212.

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