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Boxborough police recognized for best practices

The Boxborough Police Department recently earned recognition for meeting high professional standards in its policies and operations.

Police Chief Warren Ryder announced the department has been accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. Accreditation is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments earn recognition for following best practices in law enforcement.

The accreditation culminated a more than three-year process in which the department completely overhauled its policies, procedures, rules, and regulations to be in line with industry standards.

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Accreditation is granted for three years. At the end of that period, a department can earn reaccreditation.

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“Accreditation is one of the highest achievements a police department can receive in the state,” Ryder said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of everyone who has worked so hard for us to attain this goal.”

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards in areas ranging from collection and preservation of evidence to internal affairs, juvenile operations, and drug enforcement. To gain accreditation, Boxborough Police had to meet all applicable mandatory standards and 55 percent of the optional standards.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.