At this week’s City Council meeting, the Rockwall Police Department was presented the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program. Established 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 Rockwall Police Department was originally recognized by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program in March 2011. Police agencies recognized by the TPCA must undergo an onsite inspection every 4th year, and this makes the third successful onsite inspection of the Rockwall Police Department.
This voluntary process required the Rockwall Police Department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. Beginning in November of 2018, 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 analysis was requested. This final on-site review took place this past February.
The on-site review is conducted by trained police chiefs 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 March 7, the department was notified that it had been awarded the coveted “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” award. Rockwall was the 42nd agency in the state to be so recognized.
Through this process, the citizens of Rockwall should be assured that its police department is conforming to the current state of the art in law enforcement. The department was also recognized at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference in Galveston in April. For more information and a description of the program, please visit the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at http://www.texaspolicechiefs.