The Reading Police Department recently received its accreditation status from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation commission after completing the self-initiated process of reaching standards set for the state's officers.
According to a press release, the process evaluates police management, operations and technical support activities in the department.
Specifically, departments are judged based on policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicle pursuit, prisoner transportation and holding facilities, according to the press release.
The Reading Police Department was assessed in August, and found to be in compliance with standards. Reading received the higher of the two awards offered by the Accreditation Commission. The group offers certification and accreditation program, with accreditation the higher of the two.
"Achieving accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is a very significant accomplishment and a recognition highly regarded by the law enforcement community," said Taylor Mooers, the Commision's Executive Director.