The mission of the Alvin Police Department is to be the model of excellence in policing by working in partnership with the community to fight crime and the fear of crime, enforce laws and enhance the quality of life while safeguarding the Constitutional Rights of all people. We are committed to providing outstanding service to all our residents and visitors alike and maintaining a work environment in which we continuously recruit, train and develop an exceptional team of employees who possess honor, integrity and compassion.
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On March 3, 2016, the Alvin Police Department will received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program during the city council meeting. Begun in 2006, the Recognition Program evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with over 164 Best Business Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices were carefully developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service and the protection of individual’s rights. 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 required the Alvin Police Department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. Beginning in 2014, the department began the lengthy process to become a “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” by preparing proofs of compliance for each of the Texas Law Enforcement Best Business Practices. Upon completion of the internal review, an outside audit and review was requested. This final on-site review took place on January 21-22, 2016. The on-site review is conducted by trained Police Chiefs from other areas of our state. The result of this review was then sent to the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Recognition Committee for final analysis and decision to award “Recognized” status.
On January 28, 2016, the department was notified that it had been awarded the coveted “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” award. Of the over 2,000 Law Enforcement agencies in Texas Alvin Police Department becomes one of only approximately 150 agencies in the state to be so recognized. The Alvin Police Department has always considered itself to be one of the best in the state. This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the citizens of Alvin that its Police Department is conforming to the current state of the art in law enforcement.
The actual presentation of the award will take place at a future council meeting. The department will also be recognized at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference in April.
More information a description of the program may be viewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website.
The Alvin Police Department was formed in 1950 and replaced a city marshal system of law enforcement. The Department has had 11 full-time chiefs of police in its six decades of existence. Currently, the Alvin Police Department consists of 79 paid members, 49 of which are sworn police officers, with the remaining 30 employees holding civilian positions. With an annual operating budget of approximately $6.2 million, the Alvin Police Department offers a variety of services to improve the public safety and quality of life in our community.
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