Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission

Re-Accreditation Begins February 5th, 2020

Chief Brian Clark is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission are scheduled to arrive on February 5th, 2020 to begin examining various aspects of the Norton Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities. 

Verification by the Assessment Team that the Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state Accreditation -- a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards.  In order to achieve accreditation status, the Department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 55% of the optional standards. 

The Norton Police first became a certified department in 2012, followed by full accreditation 2014 and re- accreditation 2017 by the standards set forth by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.  

Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.  Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Chief Brian Clark or the Department’s Accreditation Manager, Lt. Todd Jackson.