For the third time in the past 8 years, The Colony Police Department has received the award of "Accredited Law Enforcement Agency" from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (TPCA).
The Colony Police Department (TCPD) was originally Accredited by the TPCA Law Enforcement Accreditation Program in November of 2014. Police agencies Accredited by the TPCA must undergo an onsite inspection every fourth year, and this makes the third successful onsite inspection completed by TCPD.
This voluntary process required the department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. The onsite 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 Accreditation Committee for final analysis and decision to award “Accredited” status.
On Dec. 13, the department was notified that it had been awarded the coveted “Accredited Law Enforcement Agency” award for the third time. This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the residents of The Colony that its police department is conforming to the current, state-of-the-art in law enforcement.
Since 2006, the Accreditation Program evaluates a police department’s compliance with over 170 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.
More information and a description of the program may be viewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at www.texaspolicechiefs.org.