Bay City Police Department Receives “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Law Enforcement Recognition Program.

On Dec. 19, the Bay City Police Department received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program. 

Begun in 2006, the Recognition Program evaluates a police department’s compliance with over 168 Best Business Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices were carefully 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. 

The Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program originally recognized the Bay City Police Department in 2012. Police agencies recognized by the TPCA must undergo an onsite inspection every 4th year and this makes the third successful onsite inspection by the Bay City Police Department. 

This voluntary process required the Bay City Police Department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. Beginning in 2011, 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 latest on-site review took place on Dec. 11. Trained police chiefs from other areas of the state conduct the on-site review. 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. 

On Dec. 19, the department was notified that it had been awarded the coveted “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” award. There are currently 158 Texas agencies in the state to be so recognized. The Bay City Police Department has always considered itself to be one of the best in the state. This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the citizens of Bay City that its Police Department is conforming to the current Best Business Practices in law enforcement. 

The actual presentation of the award will take place at the regular City Council meeting held on Feb. 25. The department will also be recognized at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference in April. 

More information and a description of the program may be viewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at http://www.texaspolicechiefs

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