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Core Program Training

Assessor Training


with Donna Taylor Mooers

Calendar Feb 6, 2019 at 8:30 am

Location: Sharon Police Department

This training prepares law enforcement practitioners to serve as Commission-appointed assessors.  The workshop begins with a discussion on the nature and scope of the assessment process, and covers the Assessor’s role, responsibilities and reporting requirements to the Commission.

Serving as an assessor is rewarding in that it not only provides hands-on exposure to the assessment process from an assessor's point of view but also provides an opportunity for CEO's, Accreditation Managers and Command Staff to view another agency's compliance documentation to further their own efforts in the program.  Practical exercises using sample compliance documentation and the Commission’s Assessment Checklists will also be given. 

Minimum Training: The Commission requires all of its assessors to be trained and certified by attending Assessor Training offered by the Commission. Although attending Program Orientation on state certification and accreditation is a prerequisite, the Commission reserves the right to waive this prerequisite for individuals demonstrating a solid understanding of the program and process.

Minimum Qualifications:  Applicants must have supervisory experience as a law enforcement practitioner and have a solid understanding of the accreditation program or have administrative experience as an Accreditation Manager.  Since time spent as an Assessor is voluntary and without any monetary compensation from the Commission, all assessor applications must be approved by the applicant's Chief Executive Officer. 

Assessor Application: If you would like to apply to become a Commission-appointed assessor, please fill out the Assessor Application. You may submit the application prior to or at the training. 

Getting Started


with Donna Taylor Mooers

Calendar Feb 5, 2019 at 8:30 am

Location: Littleton Police Department

Your department has decided that certification is a worthy goal and wants to be certified; now what?  This workshop provides direction on how and where to begin the process, focusing on start-up tasks, written directive systems and policy writing. The first part of the workshop focuses on a Checklist and Guide for Getting Started.  The second half focuses on standards 12.2.1 and 12.2.2 dealing with written directive systems because they are the foundation for complying with accreditation standards.  Particular attention will be given to: types of directives; formatting directives; methods for disseminating them; systems to acknowledge when directives have been read; and finally, how to keep them updated.

Program Orientation


with Donna Taylor Mooers

Calendar Feb 4, 2019 at 8:30 am

Location: Littleton Police Department

This workshop is designed for those who are new to the process or who have been in the process and need refresher training.  It is NOT a sales pitch, but an overview of the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program detailing what agencies need to know and do in order to get their department certified (and maybe accredited later).  Attendees will hear about the nature and scope of the on-site assessment; the standards for certification including those impacting police facilities, equipment and personnel; the cost to participate; the workload involved; and finally, what support services are available from the Commission.  Materials to be reviewed include the Commission’s Assessment Checklists.

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