Liberty PD Achieves Re-Recognized Status

LIBERTY, March 2, 2016 - The Liberty Police Department has achieved “Re-Recognized” Status for compliance with the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation, “Texas Law Enforcement Agency Best Practices Recognition Program”. 

The Liberty Police Department was initially “Recognized” in 2012 and became the 58th Recognized agency in the State and only the second agency in Liberty County.  Once “Recognized”, agencies are required to go through the entire process every four years to remain in compliance.  Last week, The T.P.C.A. Assessors did their on-site visit and once again we met those standards. 

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. While similar in nature to the national accreditation program, the Best Practices Recognition Program is easier to administer, lower in cost and is designed specifically for Texas Law Enforcement.

The Texas Legislature demands a great deal of professional law enforcement in Texas and the Best Practices were specifically designed to aid Texas agencies in meeting those demands and providing the best quality of service to the people of our State. Since its inception in 2006, over 126 Texas Law Enforcement Agencies have been “Recognized” and many more are currently in the process to become Recognized Agencies.

The Liberty Police Department has always considered itself one of the best, and this process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the citizens of Liberty, that their police department is conforming to the highest standards in Texas law enforcement.

The department will be recognized at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference later this month, and the formal presentation of the award will take place at an upcoming City Council meeting.

Thomas Claunch,
Chief of Police


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