Vision, Mission, Best Practices
Vision / Mission / Core Values
Vision: We are dedicated to unsurpassed Safety and Service!
Mission: The primary mission of the Lakeway Police Department is to keep our community SAFE!
Core Values: The Lakeway Police Department is a premier law enforcement agency committed to exceptional, innovative, and equitable police service to our community. We accomplish our mission utilizing a highly motivated, engaged, and technically equipped workforce.
Best Practices Recognition Program Recipient
The Texas Police Chiefs Association "Best Practices" program is a voluntary program where police agencies prove their compliance with 164 Best Practices Requirements.
On March 10, 2011 the department received its first "Recognition Status" by the Texas Police Chiefs Association.
The Texas Police Chiefs Association "Best Practices" program is a voluntary program where police agencies prove their compliance with 164 Best Practices Requirements. The program addresses the most critical police operations, including:
- Use of Force & Pursuits
- Property and Evidence Management
- Personnel Management
- Professional Standards and Conduct
- Internal Investigations
- and other critical issues.
The ultimate goal of the program is to maintain the professionalism of our police organizations, reduce risk and associated costs, improve the management and operation of our agency and finally to improve the service and enhance the protection of our Lakeway Citizens.
During the program each officer and civilian employee received over 200 combined training hours in topics ranging from sexual harassment prevention, use of force, and pursuits just to name a few. The tireless efforts of each member of the department culminated on March 10, 2011 when the department received its "Recognized Status" by the Texas Police Chiefs Association.
In June of 2010, we began the arduous task of rewriting our policy and procedures manual in preparation of complying with the standards required by the Texas Police Chief's Association (TPCA). The purpose of the reworking of the policy manual was to establish a clear standard of acceptable performance and the ability for employees to have an up to date, case law tested, and legally current document to guide them in their daily mission. By complying with the 164 standards set forth by the TPCA the Lakeway Police Department could be a "Recognized Agency." The process required that for each standard the policy be well written, researched, supported, and that the officers be trained in each policy. This effort was led by Chief Todd Radford and the Executive Staff who appointed Detective Mike Pribble with this set of complex tasks. Through the work of the staff and the guidance of Detective Pribble the policy manual and all of the training was completed in nine months.
The recognition program is good for four years at which time the agency is required to repeat the process to become "Re-recognized." In the meantime the agency must submit to the Texas Police Chief's Association an Annual Report to ensure the department is maintaining its program.
We are proud to report that in March 2019 we were again recognized as a "Best Practices" agency.