STAFFORD (Covering Fort Bend News) – The Stafford Police Department has received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program.
The Recognition Program evaluates a police department’s compliance with more than 168 Best Business Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices were developed by Texas law enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the “efficient and effective delivery of service and the protection of individual’s rights.” These Best Practices cover all aspects of law enforcement operations including use of force, protection of citizen rights, vehicle pursuits, property and evidence management and patrol and investigative operations.
This voluntary process required the Stafford Police Department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. In July of 2017 the department began the lengthy process to become a Recognized Law Enforcement Agency by preparing proofs of compliance for each of the Texas Law Enforcement Best Business Practices. Upon completion of the internal review, an outside audit and review was requested. This final on-site review took place on June 5, 2018. The on-site review is conducted by trained police chiefs from other areas of Texas. The result of this review was then sent to the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Recognition Committee for final analysis and decision to award “Recognized” status.
The Stafford Police Department is the 146th Recognized Law Enforcement Agency in the state.
The presentation of the award will take place on July 18. The department will also be recognized at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference in April of 2019.