Art Reed, Chief of Police
401 Main St.
West Newbury, MA 01985
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
West Newbury Police Department Awarded Full State Re-Certification
WEST NEWBURY — Chief Art Reed is pleased to announce that the West Newbury Police Department earned its re-certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) today.
The department was recognized for its achievement during an awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 3 at the Connors Center in Dover.
Certification is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain the highest standards of law enforcement, and is considered the best measure of a police department against the established best practices around the country and region. The certification process is long and vigorous. It involves both an internal self-review and an external assessment by the Commission’s team of subject matter experts.
Under the leadership of Chief Reed, the West Newbury Police Department was evaluated earlier this year by a team of commission-appointed assessors. The Assessment Team found the department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for accreditation.
To conduct the initial self-assessment and prepare for the on-site review of the 246 mandatory standards and 83 optional standards by the Commission, Chief Reed appointed Sgt. Daniel Cena to serve as the department’s Accreditation Manager and Officer Jay Johnson to assist him.
This is the second time the West Newbury Police Department received its certification through MPAC. They first earned the accolade in 2013.
“I am proud of all the hard work and dedication that has gone into achieving re-certification,” Chief Reed said. “I especially want to thank Sgt. Cena and Officer Johnson for the many extra hours they put into managing the certification process.”
The MPAC program requires that departments meet all the mandatory standards and percentage of the optional requirements. These carefully selected measures 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, Traffic, Training, Drug Enforcement and Victim/Witness Assistance.
Certification has been granted for a period of three years. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary.