A Texas law enforcement association has granted “re-recognition” status to the Brownwood Police Department after finding the department complies with nearly 200 best business practices.

The Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program awarded the Brownwood Police Department with the status in April, Police Chief Terry Nichols told city council members Tuesday morning.

The department was originally recognized in October 2013 under the administration of then-Chief Mike Corley. Police agencies recognized by the association must undergo an onsite inspection every fourth year and this makes the second successful onsite inspection by the Brownwood Police Department.

Begun in 2006, the Recognition Program evaluates a department’s compliance with more than 168 Best Business Practices for Texas Law Enforcement, council members were told.

The Best Practices were developed by Texas law enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the “efficient and effective” delivery of police services and the protection of individual’s rights, council members were told. The 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.

It is a voluntary process that required the Brownwood Police Department to review its policies, procedures, facilities and operations. Beginning in January  2018, the department a lengthy internal review process.

Upon completion of the internal review, an outside audit and review took place in mid-April, conducted by police chiefs from other areas of Texas. The result of the review was sent to the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Recognition Committee for final analysis and decision to award “Re-Recognized” status.

This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and “should assure the citizens of Brownwood that its police department is conforming to the current state-of-the-art standard in law enforcement,” council members were told.

The Department will also be recognized at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference in April 2019.