The Argyle Police Department was recently named as one of only 86 departments since 2006 to receive 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 over 165 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. They 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 Argyle Police Department is proud to have voluntarily participated in the Recognition Program, said Chief Tom Tackett.
“The standards, self-assessment and peer review helps set this agency as one of the best-in-class agencies in the State of Texas. It is our duty– as we serve the citizens of Argyle– to continue to strive for excellence and we felt that this program was one of the best ways to assist in accomplishing that goal. We have no doubt, that achieving and maintaining this status increases our professionalism for our community.”
This voluntary process required the Argyle Police Department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. Beginning in January of 2012, the department began the lengthy process 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. The final on-site review took place on Oct. 1, and was conducted by trained Police Chiefs from other areas of Texas. The result of the review was then sent to the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Recognition Committee for final analysis.
On Oct. 7, the department was notified that it had been awarded the coveted “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” award.
The award presentation will take place on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., during the Argyle Town Council Meeting. The department will also be recognized at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference in April 2014.
Further information about the program may be viewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at www.texaspolicechiefs.org.