The Baytown Police Department has proudly been “Recognized” and accredited by the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) Best Practices Program since 2012.

TPCA Best Practices Law Enforcement Recognition Program is a voluntary process where police agencies in Texas prove their compliance with 166 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. These Best Practices were carefully developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service, the reduction of risk and the protection of individual’s rights.

While similar in nature to the national accreditation program, the Best Practices Recognition Program is easier to administer, lower in cost and is designed specifically for Texas Law Enforcement. The Texas Legislature demands a great deal of professional law enforcement in Texas and the Best Practices were specifically designed to aid Texas agencies in meeting those demands and providing the best quality of service to the people of our State.

Since its inception in 2006, over 100 Texas Law Enforcement Agencies have been Recognized and many more are currently in the process to become Recognized Agencies. On February 7, 2012, the Baytown Police Department became the 70th "Recognized"  law enforcement agency.  While members of the Texas Police Chiefs Association recognize and supports the national accreditation program, The Texas Best Practices Recognition Program has clearly become the new Gold Standard for Texas Law Enforcement!

The “Recognized” status is awarded for a four year period. During the four year period, the agency must submit an annual report and show continuing compliance with several performance-related standards. These are reviewed as they are received and compliance verified.