Accreditation Assessment

Type:  Announcements  


The Canton Police Department is striving for State Accreditation Status



The Canton Police Department is proud to announce that our agency is a candidate for state accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. 


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. 


The standards for accreditation impact officer and public safety, address high liability/risk management issues, and generally promote operational efficiency throughout the agency.  Among many of the benefits, accreditation promotes accountability among agency personnel and the evenhanded application of policies.  It minimizes the agency’s exposure to liability, builds a stronger defense against lawsuits, and has the potential to reduce liability insurance costs.  In addition, it enhances the reputation of the agency and increases the public’s confidence in it.


As we prepare for our on-site assessment which will be held March 11th and 12th at CPD Headquarters, we want to thank the members of the public for your continued support.


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