Chief Clark is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, October 9th, to begin examining various aspects of the Norton Police department’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities. Verification by the assessment team that the department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state accreditation; a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. In order to achieve accreditation status, the department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 55 percent of the optional standards. Achieving accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. In September of 2012, the Norton Police Department achieved the initial goal of state certification through the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission, meeting 159 standards, and paving the way toward accreditation.