North Reading police department assessment set

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A team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive Feb. 5 to begin examining the Police Department’s policies, procedures, operations and facilities, according to Chief Michael P. Murphy. The assessment is part of a voluntary process required to maintain the department’s accreditation by the commission. To achieve accreditation, police departments must meet and maintain standards established by professional law enforcement organizations and institutions. The department is one of 47 in Massachusetts to be accredited by the commission. North Reading first achieved accreditation status in January 2011. To maintain accreditation, awarded for a three-year period, the department must periodically be reassessed. For more information, contact Murphy at or a member of the accreditation team: Officer James Carcia at or Sergeant Anthony Morlani at

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