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Posted on: July 15, 2021

TAYLOR POLICE DEPARTMENT AWARDED 'RECOGNIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY' STATUS

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On June 13, 2021, the Taylor 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 is an accreditation process that evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with 170 external standards for Best Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These standards 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. 

This voluntary process required the Taylor Police Department to develop and improve the Department’s policies, procedures, facilities, and operations. Beginning in June of 2019, the Department began the lengthy process to become a “Recognized” Law Enforcement Agency” by preparing policy in compliance for each of the 170 external standards. Upon completion of policy development and showing proof of compliance, an outside assessment was requested. This final on-site assessment took place on June 1-2.  The on-site assessment is conducted by trained Police Chief assessors from other areas of our state. 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 June 13th, the Department was notified that it had been awarded the coveted “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” award. Taylor becomes the 177th agency in the state to be so recognized, out of 1,200 law enforcement agencies in Texas.   This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and can assure the residents of Taylor that its Police Department is conforming to the current state of the art in law enforcement best practices. The actual presentation of the award will take place at the Taylor City Council Meeting on July 22, 2021.  The Department will also be recognized at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference in April 2022.  For more information, a description of the program may be viewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at http://www.texaspolicechiefs.org.      

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