The Midlothian Police Department has begun the process of becoming a formally recognized agency with the Texas Police Chiefs Association.

This lengthy process began in April and will see the Midlothian Police Department produce an exhaustive report explaining and proving exactly how it operates, responds and works in the community.

“Begun in 2007, the recognition program evaluates a police department’s compliance with over 150 best business practices for Texas law Enforcement,” said Sgt. Kevin Johnson, spokesman for the Midlothian Police Department. “These best practices were carefully developed over a two year period by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service and the protection of individual’s rights.”

Johnson said 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.

“This voluntary process requires a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations,” said Johnson. “The department will prepare proofs of compliance for each of the Texas Best Business Practices for Law Enforcement and when complete, will request outside audit and review.

The result of this review is sent to the Texas Police Chief’s Association’s Recognition Committee for final analysis and decision to award Recognized status. 

“The Midlothian Police Department has always considered itself to be one of the best in the area,” said Johnson. “This process allows an independent review of the department’s operations and will assure the citizens of Midlothian that its police department is conforming to the current state of the art in law enforcement.”

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