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Amarillo Police Department Receives “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Law Enforcement Recognition Program
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On September 19th, 2017, the City Council was formally advised that the Amarillo Police Department had achieved Recognized status from the Texas Police Chief’s Association for the third time. West Texas State A & M University Chief of Police Shawn Burns, the Region 2 Director of the TPCA (Texas Police Chief’s Association), presented Chief Ed Drain with the certificate of Re-Recognition. This Re-Recognition follows a July 25th to 27th, 2017, on-site inspection from the Texas Police Chiefs Association conducted at the Amarillo Police Department. This inspection was the final step in achieving the TPCA’s Recognition Program to reach “Recognized” status. On This is the third consecutive time that the Amarillo Police Department has been recognized under the TPCA program.

The TPCA Recognition Program
The Law Enforcement Recognition Program is a voluntary process where police agencies in Texas prove their compliance with 164 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. 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. The Texas Legislature demands a great deal of professional law enforcement in Texas and the Best Practices were specifically designed to aid Texas agencies in meeting those demands and providing the best quality of service to the people of our State.

History of the Recognition at the APD
In 2009, the Amarillo Police Department was awarded the TPCA’s “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency Award,” following a nearly two year process to document meeting what was then a list of 150 standards. The APD then became the 16th agency statewide to receive this title. A 2013 re-recognition inspection capped the Department’s year-long internal inspection and review process to again be recognized as providing efficient police services. The 2017 Re-Recognition established the Department’s desire to provide the best possible level of police service to the citizens of Amarillo.

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