Littleton Police Department up for re-accreditation this month

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LITTLETON — The Littleton Police Department’s re-accreditation assessment will occur later this month, according to Chief Matthew Pinard.

Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission assessors will begin reviewing the department’s operations on July 21. The department has worked over the last three years to revise and update its policies to meet all 257 of MPAC’s mandatory standards. It must also meets at least 60% of 125 optional requirements.

“Achieving re-accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Pinard said in a news release.

“MPAC sets high standards for police departments throughout the state to adhere to. The Littleton Police Department fully understands the importance of meeting such standards as we work to ensure the safety of all citizens in the Littleton community,” he continued.

The “lengthy and comprehensive” accreditation process is voluntary, and includes an internal self-review and external assessment by MPAC, according to the release.

The Littleton Police Department first became accredited in 2016, and must renew accreditation every three years, according to Pinard. To first earn accreditation, the department revised about 90 policies to meet standards.

The department regularly revises policies in areas such as use of force and motor vehicle stops to maintain its accreditation, Pinard said.

Other standards covered by the MPAC include jurisdiction and mutual aid, collection and preservation of evidence, communications, working conditions, crime analysis, community involvement, financial management, internal affairs, juvenile operations, patrol administration, public information, records, training, traffic, drug enforcement and victim/witness assistance, according to the release.

Statewide, 92 other police departments are accredited, including the Chelmsford and Westford departments. Pinard said he hopes that the Littleton department will inspire other local police forces to become accredited.

“It shows that we have standards and policies in place that are the best practices throughout the Commonwealth,” Pinard said.