University of Massachusetts police earn national accreditation
AMHERST — The police department at the University of Massachusetts recently became just the fifth in the state, and the first on a college campus, to receive national accreditation.
The accreditation award was made formally at the fall conference of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., held in Jacksonville, Fla., last month.
“I am pleased to congratulate every member of the UMass Amherst Police Department for making this award possible,” Police Chief John Horvath said in a statement. “Without their dedication and hard work in the pursuit of public safety professionalism and excellence, this recognition would not be possible.”
The department, which previously had earned accreditation at the state level in January 2011, went through a voluntary process to meet the national standards set by the commission. These benchmarks are designed to reflect best practices for public safety agencies.
The process of accreditation was managed by UMass police officer Brian Davies. It took into account the department’s policies, procedures, management, operations and support services.
During the accreditation process, a self-assessment occurred and an on-site review was done by a team from the commission. The review took place in June.
The UMass department has more than 60 officers and divisions that include a detective bureau, a bike patrol, a mounted patrol, a K-9 unit and a motorcycle patrol. In addition, more than 230 students are security monitors at campus residence halls.