The Recognition Program began in 2007 and evaluates a police department’s compliance with over 160 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, 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 Agencies.
There are over 2400 agencies in Texas that are eligible to receive the Recognized Status, and Melissa received its initial Recognized Status in 2014 and was the 92nd recognized agency, placing it in the top 5% of agencies across Texas. Agencies must show compliance with the Best Practices every four years to receive the Re-Recognized Status, which the Melissa Police Department did receive effective March 1, 2018 and will be in effect until 2022. The presentation of the re-recognition award was held at the April 10, 2018 Melissa City Council Meeting (pictured above).
The Melissa Police Department chose to subject itself to a careful review of its policies, procedures, equipment, facilities and operations for many reasons, but the most important reason is the commitment to keep the City of Melissa one of the safest cities in Collin County. This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the citizens of Melissa that its Police Department is continuing to conform to the current state of the art in law enforcement.
More information a description of the program may be viewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at http://www.texaspolicechiefs.org.