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San Angelo Police Department Receives "Accredited Law Enforcement Agency" Title

On January 30, 2024, the San Angelo Police Department received the “Accredited Law Enforcement Agency” award from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. Begun in 2006, the Accreditation Program
evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with over 170 Best Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. Texas Law Enforcement professionals carefully developed these Best Practices to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service and the protection of individual rights. These Best Practices cover all law enforcement operations, including using force, protecting citizen rights, vehicle pursuits, property, evidence management, and patrol and investigative operations.

The Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Accreditation Program initially accredited the San Angelo Police Department in 2008. Police agencies accredited by the TPCA must undergo an onsite inspection every 4th year, making the
fourth successful onsite inspection by the San Angelo Police Department. Texas has approximately 2,800 Law Enforcementagencies. Only 210 of them are accredited in this program.

This voluntary process required the San Angelo Police Department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities, and operations. Beginning in May of 2007, the department began the lengthy process of becoming an
“Accredited” Law Enforcement Agency” by preparing proofs of compliance for each Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. An outside audit and review were requested upon completion of the internal review. This final on-site review took place in 2008. 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 Accreditation Committee for final analysis and decision to award “Accredited” status.

On January 25th, 2008, the department was notified that it had been awarded the coveted “Accredited Law Enforcement Agency” award. The San Angelo Police Department became the fourth agency in the state to be so accredited. The San
Angelo Police Department has always considered itself one of the best in the state. This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations. It should assure the citizens of San Angelo that its Police Department is conforming to the current state of the art in law enforcement.

For more information about the program, please visit the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at http://www.texaspolicechiefs.org.