On June 4, 2019, the Longmeadow Police Department became the first Accredited municipal police agency in Hampden County.
Accreditation is a self-initiated process by which police agencies strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the police profession, by the police profession. The Longmeadow Police Department was awarded accreditation by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) after proving compliance with 326 individual standards. The standards for MPAC are based upon national criteria established by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). These accepted policies reflect the best professional practices in each area of police management, administration, operations and support services.
- Provides a set of norms for an agency to judge its performance.
- Provides a basis of knowledge to correct deficiencies before they become public problems.
- Requires agencies to develop comprehensive policies and procedures.
- Promotes accountability among agency personnel.
- Provides a means for quality assurance.
- Enhances the reputation of the agency and promotes public confidence in it.
- Reduced costs on insurance liability rates for the Town.