Members of the Dennis Police Department attended the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission meeting on June 5, 2018 where the Department was awarded Accreditation status. The Department was awarded initial Accreditation status in January 2012.
The award reflects the Department’s efforts to maintain established policies and procedures that meet best business practices in the Law Enforcement profession and is based on a review of 332 standards by 3 outside assessors during an on- site review in January of 2018.
Chief DiMatteo thanked Lieutenant Peter Benson and Administrative Assistant Cheryl Lieberwirth for the preparation that went into the review in January. Each Department directive was reviewed by the people responsible for implementing the process and as a result the Department has developed a set of policies and procedures that reflect the current “Best Practices” in every area of policing including Use of Force, Administrative Procedures, Personnel Policies, and Emergency Management, to name a few.
In addition to the Department staff, Chief DiMatteo thanked Town Administrator Elizabeth Sullivan and the Dennis Board of Selectmen for their support in the process.
While today marks a milestone for the Department it is not the end. The Accreditation Commission requires accredited agencies to submit to a review every 3 years to maintain their accredited status.
For further information concerning the Accreditation process please contact Lieutenant Peter Benson at (774) 352-1454 or Chief DiMatteo.