Plymouth Police Department earns state certification
The department started the review of its standards and policies two years ago.
PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Police Department has received state certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.
That’s the first step in a self-initiated evaluation process that should eventually lead to full accreditation.
The department started the review of its standards and policies two years ago and has been working ever since to update procedures on critical areas of police management, operations and technical support
Achieving certification requires an on-site review of 159 standards set by the commission in areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation and holding facilities. A team of commission-appointed assessors visited the department for the assessment in April.
Chief Michael Botieri appointed Lt. Dana Flynn to serve as the department’s accreditation manager two years ago. Botieri cited Flynn for his work on the certification process and thanked everyone in the department for their support and cooperation in earning certification.
“It shows we’re staying on the cutting edge of law enforcement professionalism in our procedures, rules and standards of operation,” Botieri said.
The process of accreditation continues with the review of more than 100 more standards set by the commission. The certification has been granted for a period of three years. Botieri said he expects the department to earn full accreditation from the commission next year.