Acknowledge that Police organizations across the state implement their own policies, which vary by department. Departments that do not have best practices in place, expose themselves to community concerns and liability, while also contributing to community distrust surrounding critical incidents.
Understand that many law enforcement agencies across the state are small and lack resources or finances needed to implement current policing standards and/or pursue accreditation.
Establish grant program to be administered by Criminal Justice Division for accreditation through a proven statewide program designated by the criminal justice division such as the one operated by the Texas Police Chiefs Association.
Enact implementation based on jurisdictional size: September 1, 2026, for agencies of 50 plus and September 1, 2027, for agencies less than 50.