A recent news release indicates that the Missouri City Police Department (MPCD) has been noted as a “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” in Texas. MCPD achieved this statewide award from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation Recognition Program. MCPD becomes only the 18th agency in the state to be recognized with this achievement. In the Greater Houston area, the department joins the other Recognized Programs of Texas City Police Department and the University of Texas – Houston Police Department.
“The Recognition Program evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with 161 Best Practices for Texas Law Enforcement Agencies,” said Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald. The categories were developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of services and to protect people’s individual rights. The criteria covers all aspects of law enforcement, such as use of force, protection of residents’ rights, vehicle pursuits, property and evidence management and patrol and investigative operations.
Fitzgerald said Missouri City began the voluntary process in January 2008. It required a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. The final on-site review was conducted by trained Police Chiefs from other areas of the state. MCPD complied with each of the 161 Best Business Practices to become a “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency.”
The announcement letter stated that “The Missouri City Police Department is to be commended for the commitment made to this process. Every employee of the agency can be proud of this accomplishment.” The letter noted that Officer Donna Quackenbush specifically should be commended for her dedication and management of the evaluation process. “The MCPD has always considered itself to be one of the best in the state of Texas and the Congressional Quarterly recognized Missouri City last year as the 22nd safest American city in our population range,” said Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald. “This process provided an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the residents of Missouri City that its Police Department is conforming to the current state -of-the-art law enforcement policies.”
The actual presentation of the award will take place at Missouri City’s City Council meeting on Sept. 21. The department will also be recognized at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference in April 2010.