The Richmond Police Department began a lengthy process to become a “Recognized” Law Enforcement Agency by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program in June of 2010.
The Law Enforcement Recognition Program is a voluntary process where police agencies in Texas prove their compliance with 164 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. These Best Practices were carefully developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service, the reduction of risk, and the protection of individual’s rights.
Being “Recognized” means that the agency has proven that it meets or exceeds all of the identified Best Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices cover aspects of law enforcement operations such as use of force, protection of citizen rights, pursuits, property and evidence management, and patrol and investigative operations.
Recognition Program Standards address these areas in an attempt to minimize risk and increase officer safety and training. While being “Recognized” does not guarantee an agency will not make a mistake, it does ensure that the agency has studied these critical issues, has developed policy and procedures to address them and has systems in place to identify and correct problems.
This voluntary process requires a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. The Richmond Police Department prepared proofs of compliance for each of the Texas Best Business Practices for Law Enforcement which were presented to a review committee during an on-site visit in July, 2011. The results of this review were sent to the Texas Police Chief’s Association’s Recognition Committee for final analysis and decision to award the agency with a “Recognized” status. The “Recognized” status was awarded to the Richmond Police Department the first week of August.
The Richmond Police Department has always considered itself to be one of the best in the area. This process allows an independent review of the department’s operations and will assure the citizens of Richmond that its Police Department is conforming to the highest professional standards in law enforcement in the State of Texas.
More information and a description of the program may be viewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at http://www.texaspolicechiefs.org.
For further information, contact Master Sgt. Neinast at (281) 342-2849.