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The Tufts University Police Department achieved initial accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission in June 2005. Accreditation is a voluntary process that the Tufts University Police Department initiated in 2003. The department has been re-accredited every 3 years 2005. While we were scheduled to be assessed in May of 2020, there was a need to delay the assessment due to COVID restrictions that were established. In December of 2020, trained assessors from MPAC visited campus over a period of two days. During their visit, the department’s policies and procedures were examined to determine whether we comply with industry standards and best practices. Over 340 standards were reviewed. The Commission recommended that the department remain an accredited police department in the Commonwealth and our re-accredited status was awarded in May of 2021.  The department remains committed to the delivery of professional services to our community and organizational excellence.

Accreditation requires adherence to 382 standards. As of August 23, 2021, only 98 law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts have achieved accreditation, including 14 campus law enforcement agencies. Tufts University Police Department was the 18th department in Massachusetts to achieve this distinction.

Accreditation includes standards related to the following areas of law enforcement:

Agency Jurisdiction and Mutual Aid
Allocation & Distribution of Personnel
Classification and Delineation of Duties and Responsibilities
Collection and Preservation of Evidence
Collective Bargaining
Compensation, Benefits, and Conditions of Work
Crime Analysis
Crime Prevention and Community Involvement
Criminal Intelligence
Criminal Investigation
Disciplinary Procedures
Fiscal Management/Agency-Owned Property
Inspectional Services
Internal Affairs
Juvenile Operations
Law Enforcement Role & Authority
Legal Process
Organization and Administration
Performance Evaluation
Prisoner Transportation
Property and Evidence Control
Public Information
Recruitment and Selection
Training and Career Development
Unusual Occurrences/Special Operations
Vice, Drugs, and Organized Crime
Victim/Witness Assistance

For more information about the accreditation process, please contact Captain Mark Roche at 617-627-0939.