From Staff Reports

PROSPER (January 14, 2014) Prosper’s Police Dept. is preparing to undergo a thorough internal review to gauge its level of adherence to a comprehensive list of best practices developed by the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) with the eventual goal of achieving Recognized status from that organization, according to Interim Police Chief Doug Kowalski.

"The Prosper Police Department has clearly shown itself to be a law enforcement agency with the highest level of integrity and professionalism," he said. "The benchmarks developed by the Texas Police Chiefs Association is a way for the department to ensure that it is using the latest and most effective techniques available to peace officers."

Under the direction of Assistant Chief Gary McHone, the department will embark on a process that will uncover any deficiencies that may exist in its policies, procedures, equipment, facilities, and operations based on the 164 best business practices for law enforcement, developed over a two-year period by Texas law enforcement officials and now

used in conferring the designation of Recognized by TPCA to local police agencies.

"Not only does the designation ensure that we are meeting our professional obligations to Prosper citizens, it also demonstrates that our officers are on the leading edge of current best practices," said McHone.

To attain the designation, the highest level granted by the TPCA, the Prosper Police Dept. must provide verifiable proof of compliance with each of the 164 best practices, covering aspects such as appropriate use of force; protection of citizen rights; vehicle pursuits; property and evidence management; and patrol and investigative operations, among

others.

Once Prosper concludes its own review, it will request that the TPCA send a team of assessors to review its operations and facilities, and interview the department’s staff. That team will then send a report of its findings to the organization’s Recognition Committee. The Committee reviews the findings and votes whether or not to award "Recognized" status. If conferred, the status is good for four years, with annual updates.

"We’re hopeful that our preliminary review against the 164 best practices shows that we are well on the way to achieving compliance. Where we fall short, we will concentrate on making those corrections," said Kowalski.

"Hopefully, we can impress the assessor team with who we are as a law enforcement agency."

Since its inception in 2006, over 50 Texas agencies have achieved Recognized status, and more are in various stages of the process.

More information on the program can be obtained by visiting www.texaspolicechiefs.org.