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    Police: “Worst to first”

    The Stoughton Police Department, dogged by years of scandal that affected morale and public trust, completed what Deputy Chief Robert Devine called a “three-year journey from worst to first” when the department received its official accreditation plaque on May 2. Stoughton’s is one of 45 departments across the state to have achieved this accreditation. Chief Paul Shastany told selectmen on April 23 that the department had achieved accreditation, his goal since being appointed chief three years ago. Devine and Sergeant Tom Murphy, who was the accreditation manager for the department, accepted the plaque at the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission Conference ceremony in Andover. “When the chief was hired, we had been through a lot,“ Devine said. “I believe the department has made the town proud of us and earned back their trust.”