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Accountability

CSPD Motorcycle Officer with a child

Accountability is essential, not just to the police profession, but for being accountable to the community we serve. The College Station Police Department’s mission is “To Protect and Serve with Excellence.” The members of our organization are committed to that mission and strive to serve all with dignity and respect.

All peace officers in the State of Texas are licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), a regulatory State agency that establishes and enforces standards to ensure the people of Texas are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement, corrections, and telecommunications personnel.

The College Station Police Department has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) since 1991, adhering to the best practices and highest standards in our industry. That means we continually review our policies and practices to ensure our officers conduct themselves with the highest level of professionalism and integrity. More about accreditation

Use of Force

Each year, we average about 100,000 citizen contacts, which lead to the use of force about 100 times.

In a blog post (published 6/22/2020) CSPD's Police Chief Billy Couch discusses our best practices and policies in response to questions we'd been receiving regarding unbiased policing, body-worn cameras, complaints, recruiting and training, and use of force.

Some residents have asked us about specific use-of-force policy recommendations, as presented by 8cantwait.org.
Here’s how CSPD policies specifically apply to those eight proposals: '8 Can't Wait' Response (PDF).

Many questions can also be answered by examining our Use of Force Policy (PDF).

CSPD documents and investigates all complaints, regardless of whether the source comes from inside or outside the police department. That includes anonymous complaints. Our policy protects the community, our personnel, and the department while identifying and correcting inappropriate behavior or policy issues. More about complaints

Opportunities

Citizens Police Academy traffic stops

Our Citizens Police Academy is a 10-week interactive program designed to offer an inside look at your local police department and the criminal justice system.

CSPD seeks to recruit and hire good people who possess a servant’s heart and dedicate themselves to continuous improvement. We want our personnel to serve with compassion, respect, and kindness. We are fully committed to character-based hiring and enlisting employees who will adhere to the highest level of professional service and standards. More about employment with CSPD

More Opportunities, including information about National Night Out, student internships, and our volunteer program.

Open Records

CSPD publishes several Annual Reports, including the CSPD Annual Report, an Internal Affairs Statistical Summary, and a Biased Based Policing (Racial Profiling / Sandra Bland Act) Report.

Current news about CSPD, significant activity, and in-progress public safety incidents affecting College Station is published to Twitter at twitter.com/CSTXPolice. Recently reported criminal or significant activity is available for on-demand viewing or email subscription through Crime Mapping.

More about submitting an Open Records Request (to request public records under the Texas Public Information Act)

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