Professional Standards

Amarillo Police Department Receives “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Law Enforcement Recognition Program

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On June 10th – 13th 2013, three inspectors from the Texas Police Chiefs Association conducted an on-site review of the Amarillo Police Department. This review was the last step in becoming a “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” through the TPCA’s Recognition Program, and was the second consecutive time that the Department has achieved this status. The program evaluates the Department’s compliance with 166 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. These standards were originally developed by law enforcement professionals in Texas in 2007. Compliance with these voluntary standards assures that an agency is following procedures to provide the highest quality of police service. The standards specify practices that protect the rights of citizens and ensure that officers are trained and equipped to do their jobs. They provide direction in investigation, evidence handling, patrol operations, and the wide variety of related tasks that a department is responsible for. The Texas Police Chief’s Association website describes the process by saying that “An agency that has been awarded “Recognized” status has undertaken a careful internal review of its policies, procedures, equipment, facilities, and operations.” This review of operations from an outside professional organization allows a department to critically examine itself and ensure the quality of the service it provides.

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 became the 16th agency statewide to receive this title. The 2013 re-recognition inspection capped the Department’s year-long internal inspection and review process to again be recognized as providing efficient police services. At present only 81 departments statewide have received this prestigious recognition with 35 more agencies in the process of becoming recognized.

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