Tuesday, December 18, 2012

30th MPOC Graduation

MBTA Transit Police Academy

Today, December 18th, 2012 at 11:00 am, the MBTA Transit Police Academy will graduate the 30th Municipal Police Officers Class (MPOC) at the historic Fanueil Hall in Boston. The class will graduate 41 new police officers who will serve within the following police departments: MBTA Transit Police, Ashland, Boston University, Bourne, Braintree, Chlemsford, Cohasett, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Hull, Medford, Saugus, Sharon, Tufts University, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley and Woburn. The public and media are invited to attend this special day for the graduates, their families and the communities in which they will serve.

30th MPOC/MBTA Transit Police Academy

The MBTA Transit Police Academy has earned a reputation for producing the finest police officers in the state. This reputation has been built through dedication and commitment. The MBTA Transit Police Academy opened in 1998 and has graduated more than 1,000 police officers. It is structured and approved by the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) guidelines as mandated by MGL C. 41 s. 96B. The basic curriculum for police student officers is an 800 hour training and education program founded on four basic principles: integrity, the law, fitness and community/neighborhood policing. The MBTA Transit Police Academy instructs recruits for an additional 240 hours with an emphasis on community policing and juvenile interactions

Recently the MBTA Transit Police Academy became the first Police Academy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to obtain accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The program standards cover nine topic areas: (1) credentialing; (2) organization; (3) direction and authority; (4) human resources; (5) recruitment, selection, employment, and promotion; (6) instructional systems; (7) training administration; (8) instructors; and (9) students.The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the CEO, on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery—regardless of the size, type, or geographic location of the academy. The CALEA standards upon which the Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of training academy practitioners and accreditation experts. CALEA’s Standards for Public Safety Training Academies© and its Accreditation Program are seen as benchmarks for today’s public safety training programs.
  • CALEA Accreditation requires an academy to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.
  • CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analyses a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management and administrative decisions.
  • CALEA Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon an academy’s relationship with the community it serves.
  • CALEA Accreditation strengthens an academy’s accountability through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
  • Being CALEA Accredited can limit an academy’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that recognized standards for public safety training academies have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
  • CALEA Accreditation facilitates an academy’s pursuit of professional excellence