Status Given Upon Rig­orous Review of Meeting Hun­dreds of Law Enforce­ment Standards

Northeastern’s Police Depart­ment has been accred­ited by the Mass­a­chu­setts Police Accred­i­ta­tion Com­mis­sion for deliv­ering an exem­plary level of police ser­vice in the North­eastern com­mu­nity. Under the lead­er­ship of Chief D. Joseph Griffin, Northeastern’s is the 26th police agency in Mass­a­chu­setts to receive accred­i­ta­tion, and only the third col­lege or uni­ver­sity police depart­ment to receive this honor.

As part of the rig­orous and thor­ough peer-​​review car­ried out by a team of commission-​​appointed asses­sors in late 2007,the NUPD met close to 340 stan­dards related to all aspects of law enforce­ment, including training, man­age­ment, oper­a­tion and tech­nical sup­port activities.

The accred­i­ta­tion require­ments include written policy direc­tives for most poli­cies and pro­ce­dures (also reflected by the staff manual), as well as close obser­va­tion stan­dards car­ried out by the accred­i­ta­tion team to verify that the written direc­tives are fully under­stood and prac­ticed by the staff.

The self-​​assessment and the prepa­ra­tion for the on-​​site review were led by Staff Sgt. Ralph Avery. Avery was appointed accred­i­ta­tion man­ager by Griffin and was assisted by Asso­ciate Director James Fer­rier throughout the process.

This honor is an indi­ca­tion of the department’s high level of pro­fes­sion­alism,” said Avery. “The accred­i­ta­tion under­scores our interest and will­ing­ness to grow by having others scru­ti­nize and eval­uate our per­for­mance in order to become one of the best depart­ments in the state of Massachusetts.”

The Mass­a­chu­setts Police Accred­i­ta­tion Com­mis­sion offers two levels or recog­ni­tion for police agen­cies, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and accred­i­ta­tion. While not a pre­req­ui­site to accred­i­ta­tion, many agen­cies choose to pursue cer­ti­fi­ca­tion first by demon­strating com­pli­ance with approx­i­mately half of the 340 stan­dards required by accreditation.The NUPDdid so, and was ini­tially awarded cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in 2003.

Cur­rently there are 16 cer­ti­fied agen­cies in addi­tion to the 26 accred­ited depart­ments, and nearly 100 addi­tional agen­cies are in the self-​​assessment phase pur­suing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion or accred­i­ta­tion. Accred­i­ta­tion is awarded for three years.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.