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LPPD again recognized as one of Texas’ Best
Press Release
Thursday, March 01, 2018

La Porte Police DepartmentThe La Porte Police Department (LPPD) is awarded “Re-Recognition” for their continued compliance with Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) Best Practices Recognition Program for Law Enforcement for the past four years. Webster Chief of Police Danny Presley, Team Leader representing the TPCA Recognition Program, presented the certificate at the February 26th, City Council meeting. 

While making the presentation, Chief Presley put the accomplishment in perspective by stating: “There are over 2400 Law Enforcement agencies in Texas, and only 144 agencies have achieved ‘Recognized’ status. Only 67 agencies have been Re-Recognized…..meaning that they have maintained these standards for more than 4 years.  The fact that the La Porte Police department has maintained these standards means that your Department is among the top 3% of all police agencies in the State.”  

LPPD was first recognized late in 2009 becoming only the twenty-third police agency in the State of Texas to obtain “Recognized Status” as a Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices agency.  Since that time, the Department has been closely audited annually by members of the Texas Police Chief’s Association and has successfully pased three comprehensive on-site inspections.   

The Law Enforcement Recognition Program is a voluntary process where police agencies in Texas prove their continued compliance with over 168 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 and the protection of individual’s rights. Being “Recognized”, means that the agency meets or exceeds all of the identified Best Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices cover aspects of law enforcement operations such as use of force, protection of citizen rights, vehicle pursuits, property and evidence management, and both patrol and investigative operations. While being “Recognized” is no guarantee an agency will not make a mistake, it does ensure that the agency has studied these critical issues, developed policy and procedures to address them, and has systems in place for the identification and correction of problems. 

Since that time, LPPD submitted Annual Reports to TPCA for review. The TPCA reviews the reports to ensure LPPD met or exceeded standards and continued to provide the citizens of La Porte with the best possible police services.  In order to obtain the “Re-Recognition” status, two trained assessors from other parts of our state, spent two full days conducting an on-site assessment of the LPPD. The latest inspection was concluded in December of 2017. 

Chief Presley reported “These assessors interviewed staff, inspected facilities and operations, rode with field officers, and ensured compliance with all standards.  Their report was then sent to the Recognition Committee, comprised of nine active Police Chiefs from around the state, who reviewed the report and voted to award Recognized status. That vote was unanimous!” 

For more information regarding La Porte Police Department’s achievement as a Texas Best Practices agency, please contact Assistant Chief Ron Parker at (281) 842-3185. Or for more information on Best Practices “Recognition”, an outline of the program may be viewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at

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