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September 18, 2013

Salem police win accreditation

SALEM — The Salem Police Department has received accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.

Salem is the 47th department in the state to achieve the honor.

“By attaining accreditation, our department joins an elite group of police agencies who have demonstrated a willingness to undertake a rigorous journey and stay on the forefront of professional policing,” police Chief Paul Tucker said in a statement.

“I am very proud of the men and women of the Salem Police Department, particularly Lt. Kate Stephens, our accreditation manager, for the dedication and commitment they have shown and to Mayor Kim Driscoll for providing the resources to reach this milestone.”

Salem police were assessed in July by a team from the commission and awarded a three-year accreditation.

The review covers emergency response planning, training, communications, use of force, prisoner transportation, vehicular pursuit, status of holding facilities and other areas of police work.

“This recognition is a testament to the integrity, professionalism and dedication of our police force,” Driscoll said in a statement. “I want to extend my congratulations to Chief Tucker and all the women and men who serve in the Salem Police Department. Today, the Department joined the highest echelon that a police force in Massachusetts can achieve.”

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