Bedford Police Department Prepares for State Accreditation Process

Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 to begin examining various aspects of the Bedford Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities.

Verification by the Assessment Team that the Bedford Police 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.

The Bedford Police Department has been certified since 2010 and fully accredited since 2017.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. In order to achieve accreditation status, a department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 55% of the optional standards.

“Achieving accreditation status is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Chief Bongiorno said. “Our officers have worked diligently in past years to make sure the department receives this honor, and we look forward to working toward earning full accreditation again this year.”

Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Chief Bongiorno or the Department’s Accreditation Manager, Lt. James F. Graham, at 781-275-1212.

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