Noel Wilkerson Holmes
Transparency and accountability are huge buzzwords swirling around law enforcement agencies these days. Pleasanton Chief of Police Ronald Sanchez voluntarily opened his department up for a critical self-review and an independent audit of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. On October 17, this huge undertaking earned the department the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program. Only five percent of law enforcement agencies in the State of Texas have achieved recognized status. Pleasanton Police Department becomes the 142nd law enforcement agency in the state to have earned this coveted achievement.
“This was definitely a team effort by everyone involved,” said Police Chief Ronald Sanchez. “It was a massive undertaking by Lt. Jim Cole who is our project coordinator. We have been working diligently to achieve this award for three years.” Sanchez stated that this honor is the pinnacle of his career and his highest achievement to date. But laughed when questioned if retirement was in his future and answered, “no.” Sanchez became chief in December 2012 after a 15-year career with the Pleasanton Police Department. He competed with 50 applicants from across the nation to win the chief position.
“Congratulations to Chief Sanchez and our Pleasanton Police Department for their commitment and vision in achieving this prestigious recognition,” said Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar. “The city is proud of our chief of police and all the officers who safeguard our city. We support you and wish you continued success.”
Established in 2006, the Texas Police Chiefs Association “Recognition Program” evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with over 166 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 the use of force, protection of citizen rights, vehicle pursuits, property and evidence management and patrol and investigative operations.
The department began the lengthy award process in 2015 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 an internal review, an outside audit and review was requested. Trained police chiefs from across the state conducted the on-site review. The final on-site review took place on October 4, 2017. The result of the review was sent to the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Recognition Committee for final analysis.
According to the Texas Police Chiefs Association, “This process provided for an independent review of the Pleasanton police department’s operations and should assure the citizens of Pleasanton 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 the regularly scheduled meeting of the Pleasanton City Council on November 2. The department will also be recognized at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference in April. The Texas Police Chiefs Association was founded in 1958 to promote, encourage and advance the professional development of Chiefs of Police and senior police management personnel throughout the State of Texas. For more information visit www.texaspolicechiefs.org. Chief Sanchez will be available for telephone or video interviews or comments. Please contact his office at 830-569-3869.