Chief Todd Radford, Dispatcher Megan Coutee, Mayor Pro Tem Phil Brown, Executive Assistant Nicole Sooter, Captain Ken Farr, Captain David Crowder , Texas Police Chiefs Association Program Director Max Westbrook and City Manager Steve Jones proudly display the certificate of Re-Recognition from the TCPA Best Practices.
The Lakeway Police Department is proud to report that in January 2015 we were again recognized as a "Best Practices" agency.
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:
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.
Our first recognition process began in June of 2010 when the Lakeway Police Department began the arduous task of rewriting its policy and procedures manual in preparation of complying with the standards required by the Texas Police Chief’s Association. The purpose of reworking the policy manual was to establish a clear standard of acceptable performance and the ability for officers 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 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 when 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.