SMPD Receives Safe Policing For Communities Certification

On Monday, January 6, 2021, the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation certified the San Marcos Police Department’s compliance with President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order No. 13929.

The certification makes SMPD eligible for discretionary grant funding to support local public safety initiatives through the Department of Justice.

“I want to thank Chief Standridge and his team for their work on this important project and for their continued efforts toward meaningful criminal justice reform in our community,” said Director of Public Safety Chase Stapp.

President Trump signed the “Executive Order on Safe Policing” on June 16, 2020. The order limits Department of Justice grant funding to state and local law enforcement agencies whose use of force polices are certified by independent credentialing bodies designated by the U.S. Attorney General, including the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation. 

“The San Marcos Police Department recognizes that comprehensive police reform includes policy revisions,” said Chief Stan Standridge. “We are also committed to the tenets of procedural justice: fairness, transparency, impartiality, and providing the community a voice.”

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