Pleasanton Police Department Receives “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Law Enforcement Recognition Program
On October 17, 2017, the Pleasanton Police Department received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program. Begun in 2006, the Recognition Program evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with over 166 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.
This voluntary process required the Pleasanton Police Department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. Beginning in 2015, 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 October 4, 2017. 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.
On October 17, 2017, the department was notified that it had been awarded the coveted “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” award. Pleasanton Police Department becomes the 142nd agency in the state to be so recognized. The Pleasanton Police Department has always considered itself to be one of the best in the state. Only 5% of law enforcement agencies in the State of Texas have achieved recognized status. This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the citizens of Pleasanton that its Police Department is conforming to the current state of the art in law enforcement.
The presentation of the award took place at the Council Meeting on November 2, 2017. Police Chief of the City of Fair Oaks Ranch and Chairman of the Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program, Scott Rubin and Police Chief of the Bexar Metropolitan Health District and Director of District 7, AJ Sandoval presented this award to Chief Sanchez and his staff.