Boxborough Police Department Awarded State Certification Status

Chief Warren B. Ryder is pleased to announce that the Boxborough Police Department achieved State Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) last week.

The department was recognized for its achievement during an awards ceremony at the Connors Center in Dover on Thursday, Oct. 12.

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.

“Earning certification is an accomplishment that reflects the Boxborough Police Department’s commitment to holding itself to high standards of professionalism and being among the best law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts,” Chief Ryder said. “Attaining this honor would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Lieutenant Warren O’Brien and our entire department, and I am proud of their tireless efforts.”

The certification process is long and rigorous. It involves both an internal self-review and an external assessment by the Commission’s team of subject matter experts.

The MPAC program requires that departments meet all of the 159 mandatory standards.

These carefully selected standards 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.

Earlier this year, the department was evaluated by a team of Commission-appointed assessors who found the department to be in full compliance with all of the necessary standards required for certification.

The Boxborough Police’s certification has been granted for a period of three years. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary.