SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 19, 2013

Wenham Police Department earns accreditation

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — WENHAM — The Wenham Police Department is now certified through the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.

Police Chief Thomas Perkins made the accreditation program a top priority for the department. The award was presented to the department last week during a ceremony at Andover Country Club.

“I am very proud of our accreditation team’s concerted efforts to meet this task with a high level of professionalism,” Perkins said in a statement. “This achievement is a testament to their dedication and devotion to their duties. State certification is a recognition that is highly regarded by the law enforcement community.”

The certification is awarded to departments that meet and maintain professional public safety standards and are on track to move toward full state accreditation. The accreditation team is being led by Capt. Jeff Tobey.

“Achieving accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission has been our goal, and this is a step forward for our Police Department and the town of Wenham,” said selectmen Chairman Ken Whittaker.

“I compliment Chief Perkins and his entire department,” said Town Administrator Mark Andrews. “The certification process is voluntary in nature, and that to achieve such recognition, participating departments must work to meet and uphold standards established ‘for the procession and by the profession.’”

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.