Achieving State Certification & National Accreditation
The MBTA Transit Police is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). CALEA oversees agencies who seek to be accredited at the national level and MPAC oversees those agencies that are accredited at the state level.
The MBTA Transit Police was first accredited in 1986 under Chief William J. Bratton. The Department has since been reaccredited three times, in 2005, 2008 and most recently in July of 2011.
Since the first CALEA Accreditation Award was granted in 1984, the program has become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. The standards upon which the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of law enforcement practitioners and researchers. Major law enforcement associations, leading educational and training institutions, governmental agencies, as well as law enforcement executives internationally, acknowledge CALEA’s Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies© and its Accreditation Program as benchmarks for today’s law enforcement agency.
The purpose of accreditation programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners, and cover¬ing a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence. Specifically, the goals are to:
- Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities;
- Formalize essential management procedures;
- Establish fair and non-discriminatory personnel practices;
- Improve service delivery;
- Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and
- Increase community and staff confidence in the agency.