The Nacogdoches Police Department has received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency’ from the Texas Police Chief’s Association, maintaining the award first earned in 2010.
NPD recently underwent a three day inspection by a team from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program. Begun in 2007, the Recognition Program evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with over 160 Best Business Practices for 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.
Beginning in June of 2008, NPD began the lengthy process of becoming a “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency”, earning the final recognition on February 11, 2010. This status was valid for four years.
For the past four years, NPD has maintained proof of compliance for each of the over 260 Texas Law Enforcement Best Business Practices. An on-site review took place on January 7th and 8th. This review was conducted by trained Police Chiefs from other areas of our state. The result of the review was the sent to the Texas Police Chiefs Association Recognition Committee for final analysis and decision to award “Recognized” status.
On January 14th, the Department was notified that it had been awarded the coveted “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” award.
“The Nacogdoches Police Department has always considered itself to be one of the best in the state”, said NPD Chief Jim Sevey. “This process provides for an independent review of the Department’s operations and should assure the citizens of Nacogdoches that its police department is conforming to the current state of the art in law enforcement.”
For more information, a description of the program may be reviewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at www.texaspolicechiefs.org .