Mayor Kassandra Gove and Chief William A. Scholtz are pleased to announce that the Amesbury Police Department has earned its re-accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) for 2019-2022. Mayor Gove, Police Chief William Scholtz, Sgt. Lauren Tirone and Lt. Kevin Donovan attended the re-accreditation ceremony in Dover, MA yesterday to accept this recognition.
Mayor Gove was pleased to represent Amesbury at the re-accreditation ceremony, saying, “We are so fortunate to have a Police Department which has worked this hard for almost two decades to achieve and exceed the professional standards set by MPAC for accreditation. This is not an easy process and it’s also one that’s completely voluntary. I want to thank Chief Scholtz and his team for continuing to go above and beyond for our community.”
“For Amesbury to continue to receive accreditation from MPAC is a testament to the professionalism, hard work and dedication of our entire department,” stated Chief Scholtz. “I would like to thank Sgt. Lauren Tirone as our Accreditation Manager for leading us through this process to a positive result.”
Achieving MPAC accreditation status is a voluntary, self-initiated process which confirms that the police department is committed to meeting the professional standards set for police agencies by the MPAC, and are assessed on meeting those standards. Accreditation consists of achieving 257 mandatory standards and 75 optional standards, and the Amesbury Police Department met all of the mandatory requirements and over 80% of the optional requirements for re-accreditation.
The Amesbury Police Department first earned state accreditation in 2001, only the third agency in the Commonwealth to do so. The current re-accreditation lasts for three years.