BCPD awarded ‘Recognized Law Enforcement Agency’

   The Bay City Police Department received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TCPA) Law Enforcement Recognition Program on Dec. 19.
      The actual presentation of the award will take place at the regular City Council meeting held on Feb. 25.  
   The department will also be recognized at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference in April.
   The Bay City Police Department was originally recognized by the TCPA Law Enforcement Recognition Program in 2012.  
   “Beginning in 2011, the department began 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,” said BCPD Police Chief Robert Lister in a press release.
   “Upon completion of the internal review, an outside audit and review were requested. This latest on-site review took place on December 11, 2019.”  
   The on-site review is conducted by trained police chiefs from other areas of the state and the result of this review was then sent to TCPA’s Recognition Committee for final analysis and decision to award recognized status.  
   Police agencies recognized by the TPCA must undergo an onsite inspection every fourth year and this makes the third successful onsite inspection by the Bay City Police Department.  
   This voluntary process requires the Bay City Police Department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities, and operations.  
    “The Bay City Police Department has always considered itself to be one of the best in the state,” he said.  
   “This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the citizens of Bay City that its Police Department is conforming to the current Best Business Practices in law enforcement.”
   There are currently 158 Texas agencies in the state to be so recognized.  


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