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Posted on: March 7, 2022

PRESS RELEASE: GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES “ACCREDITED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY”

PRESS RELEASE: GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES “ACCREDITED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY” FROM THE TEXAS LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCREDITATION PROGRAM

GREENVILLE: On February 28, 2022, the Greenville Police Department received the award of “Accredited Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. Begun in 2006, the Accreditation Program evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with over 168 Best Business Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices were carefully 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 Greenville Police Department was originally Accredited by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Accreditation Program in January 2012. Police agencies Accredited by the TPCA must undergo an onsite inspection every 4th year and this makes the third successful onsite inspection by the Greenville Police Department.

This voluntary process required the Greenville Police Department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities, and operations. Beginning in July of 2011, the department begin the lengthy process to become an “Accredited” Law Enforcement Agency” by preparing proofs of compliance for each of the Texas Law Enforcement Best Business Practices. Upon completion of the internal review, an outside audit and review were requested. This final on-site review took place in February 2014. 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 February 28, 2022, the department was notified that it had been awarded the coveted “Accredited Law Enforcement Agency” award. Greenville becomes the 85th agency in the state to be so Accredited. The Greenville Police Department has always considered itself to be one of the best in the state. This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the citizens of Greenville that its Police Department is conforming to the current state of the art in law enforcement.

The actual presentation of the award will take place during the City Council meeting at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, 5501 Business Highway 69 South, on April 26, 2022. The department will also be Accredited at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference in April.

More information and a description of the program may be viewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at http://www.texaspolicechiefs.org.

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