Over the last five years, Cudmore said, the department has significantly revamped its policies and standards as part of its accreditation process with the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. In 2008, the department received accreditation, meaning that the department has established codes of conduct and policing methods that provide a norm for its personnel to follow and a basis to correct deficiencies that arise internally or through public feedback. In 2012, the department was awarded re-accreditation, meaning that it has adhered to its own policies.
“Our next mission is to look operationally to provide more consistent patrol coverage, particularly in the day shift,” Cudmore said, adding it is his goal to get officers out of the station as much as possible and patrolling the town’s streets.
As for his retiring boss, Cudmore had nothing but praise for the man who promoted him three times during his 10 years as chief.
“The chief was most certainly a big influence to me and as a mentor. I find myself many times referencing things that he’s counseled me on, so I’ll always remember the times with Chief Mulligan and I will bring of some that administrative style,” Cudmore said.