Murphy Police Department Certified by Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation for Best Practices
Murphy Police Chief Arthur Cotten and a contingent of Murphy police officers were on hand at the Aug. 20, 2019 meeting of the Murphy City Council to receive certification from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation, Inc., attesting to the achievement of the force in complying with the Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program.
Sponsored by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation, the certification program is a voluntary training program. According to the Foundation, “Of the 2,000 plus law enforcement agencies in Texas, some 80% are ten officers or less. These small department have very limited or non-existent training budgets. The Foundation sponsors training at little or no cost on various law enforcement subjects throughout the state so that local officers have the opportunity to attend.
The Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation sponsors a Recognition Program for law enforcement agencies. This program is intended to help agencies develop best practices policies and procedures. The purpose is to promote increased professionalism and enable departments to have legal and easily understood policies and procedures in place”.
Mike Sullivan of the Police Chiefs Association Foundation noted, “The Murphy Police Department succeeded in meeting and exceeding 168 different comprehensive standards involving such diverse subjects as the proper use of force, property management and community relations. The certification program is the ‘Gold Standard’ of law enforcement and Murphy’s certification was unanimously approved by Foundation representatives.
The certification program also involves extensive interviews of department staff and on several occasions Foundation representatives rode alongside Murphy officers while on patrol duty. Of the more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies in Texas, only 117 achieved recognition and 80, including Murphy, were recertified. Murphy achieved its first certification 40 years ago according to Sullivan.
In other news, Ernest Bannister, CPA, Controller, presented the financial report for the month ending July 31, 2019. Bannister noted that sales tax revenues have enjoyed a substantial increase while water service revenues are down somewhat due to the abundance of rain in the late spring and early summer. The city’s financial condition is stable and growing. Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Jennifer Berthiaume offered Bannister congratulations for a good report.
City Manager Mike Castro, PhD, noted that City Hall will be closed Mon., Sept. 2 in celebration of Labor Day. In addition, he noted the following events:
Maize Days-Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 10:00 AM until 9:45 PM at the Murphy Central Park located at 550 North Murphy Road.
National Night Out -Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 7:00 PM till 8:30 PM -Check with your HOA's and/or neighbors about the National Night Out event that may be happening in your neighborhood -Various locations throughout Murphy -For more information call 972-468-4200.
The next meeting of the Murphy City Council takes place in Council Chambers on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:00 pm