Best Practices Recognition Program (2009 - Present)
On August 10, 2009, the Highland Village Police Department received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program.
Begun in 2007, the Recognition Program evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with over 150 Best 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. They 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 Highland Village Police Department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. Beginning in 2008, the department begin 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 review was requested. This final on-site review took place on July 23, 2009. 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.
HVPD becomes only the 17th agency in the state to be so recognized. The Highland Village Police Department has always considered itself to be one of the best in the state. This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the citizens of Highland Village that its Police Department is conforming to the current state of the art in law enforcement.