Georgetown PD earns statewide accreditation

The Georgetown Police Department will be presented with the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Recognized Law Enforcement Agency award during tonight’s City Council meeting.

The department earned the award from the TPCA’s Law Enforcement Recognition Program in May after a more than two year application process that included a critical review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities, and operations. Georgetown is only the 154th agency out of more than 2,700 agencies in the state to receive the recognition.

“Achieving this status places Georgetown among the state’s top law enforcement agencies,” Chief Wayne Nero said. “This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the residents of Georgetown that its police department is conforming to current state of the art standards and practices in law enforcement.”

The TPCA’s recognition program evaluates a police department’s compliance with nearly 170 best businesses practices for law enforcement agencies 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.

The process to apply for this recognition included a self-review of the department, followed-up by an outside audit and review, and a final on-site review conducted by police chiefs from other areas of the state. The results of the review were then sent to the TPCA recognition committee for a final analysis.

The department will also be recognized at the TPCA annual conference in April 2020.

More information, including a description of the program, is available at www.texaspolicechiefs.org.

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