Eastham Police achieve state accreditation

– Eastham Police report that on Wednesday, they received state Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission at a ceremony held at the Connors Center in Dover, MA.

Certification 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 the citizens of the commonwealth.

“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 Donna Taylor Mooers, the Commission’s Executive Director.”

Under the leadership of Chief Edward Kulhawik, the Eastham Police Department was assessed in June by a team of Commission-appointed assessors.

“Going through the process initially requires intense self-scrutiny, and ultimately provides a quality assurance review of the agency,” said Mooers.  To conduct this self-assessment and prepare for the on-site review of the 159 standards by the Commission, in 2014, Chief Kulhawik appointed Sergeant Daniel Deschamps to serve as the Department’s Accreditation Manager.

Certification has been granted for a period of three years.  Participation in the program is strictly voluntary.

The standards for certification impact officer and public safety, address high liability/risk management issues, and promote operational efficiency throughout the agency.  The benefits of Certification are therefore many and will vary among participating departments based on the state of the department when it enters the process.  In other words, the benefits will be better known when the department quantifies the changes that it had to make as a direct result of achieving certification.  Generally, these changes involve policy writing, facility improvements and equipment purchases. Listed below are some of the more common benefits.

  • Provides a norm for an agency to judge its performance.
  • Provides a basis to correct deficiencies before they become public problems.
  • Requires agencies to commit policies and procedures to writing.
  • Promotes accountability among agency personnel and the evenhanded application of policies.
  • Provides a means of independent evaluation of agency operations.
  • Minimizes an agency’s exposure to liability, builds a stronger defense against lawsuits, and has the potential to reduce liability insurance costs.
  • Enhances the reputation of the agency and increases the public’s confidence in it.

Mooers added, “Police Certification and Accreditation work to reassure the general public that the law enforcement profession is prepared, trained and ready to handle future emergencies and calls for service.  Agency preparedness begins with having a formal and current Written Directive System that incorporates best business practices into agency policies and operational plans.”
Media release and photo furnished by Eastham Police

Speak Your Mind


737 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Contact Us | Advertise Terms of Use 
Employment and EEO | Privacy