Congratulations Princeton Police Chief Mark Moyle!
What is the Law Enforcement Agency Best Practices Recognition Program?
The Law Enforcement Recognition Program is a voluntary process where police agencies in Texas prove their compliance with 166 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. These Best Practices were carefully developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service, the reduction of risk and the protection of individual’s rights.
What does it mean to be “Recognized?”
Being “Recognized” means that the agency has proven that it meets or exceeds all of the identified Best Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices cover aspects of law enforcement operations such as use of force, protection of citizen rights, pursuits, property and evidence management, and patrol and investigative operations. Noted police researcher G. Patrick Gallagher identified 12 critical issues (other than vehicle accidents and employee injuries) which get police departments in trouble.
These critical areas are:
• Use of Force
• Emergency Vehicle Operation and Pursuits
• Search, Seizure, and Arrest
• Care, Custody and Restraint of Prisoners
• Domestic Violence and agency employee domestic misconduct
• Off-Duty Conduct
• Selection and Hiring
• Sexual Harassment
• Complaint and Internal Affairs Management
• Narcotics, SWAT, and High-Risk Warrant Service
• Dealing with the Mentally Ill and Developmentally Disabled
• Property and Evidence Management
Recognition Program Standards address these areas in an attempt to minimize risk and increase officer safety and training. While being “Recognized” does not guarantee an agency will not make a mistake, it does ensure that the agency has studied these critical issues, has developed policy and procedures to address them and has systems in place to identify and correct problems.