How We Operate
The Pearland Police Department understands that accountability and transparency are key to maintaining community trust. With concerns regarding police departments nationwide and their use of force policies, de-escalation tactics, and racial profiling we understand our community may have questions regarding our practices. In response, this content is intended to articulate the practices of the Pearland Police Department that will ensure our community will always be able to trust their Police Department.
The Pearland Police Department is a civil service agency that understands the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining qualified law enforcement officers who reflect and understand the mission of the department. Our hiring process is highly competitive allowing us the opportunity to select from the best applicants. The extent to which our hiring efforts are successful largely determines the effectiveness and efficiency of our department. For the future, the plan is to launch a training academy in Pearland to provide a constant stream of highly qualified peace officers for the City and our region.
We are committed to continuous learning and improvement.
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requires every peace officer to maintain at least 40 hours of training every two years for licensure purposes. However, Pearland Police officers complete on average 4x the TCOLE minimum (13,614 training hours were completed in the last fiscal year).
All Pearland police officers are regularly trained in:
- De-escalation tactics
- Crisis intervention
- Lawful and proper use of force
- Mental health training
- Intermediate weapons training
The Pearland Police Department is voluntarily seeking accreditation through the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program. Accreditation requires our agency to prove compliance with 166 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. Accreditation will assist our department in the efficient and effective delivery of services, the reduction of risk and the protection of individual’s rights. The process is rigorous and the evaluation itself is an improvement process with 166 best practices that must be achieved - since 2006, only 5% of Texas Law Enforcement Agencies have been recognized.
We have policies and clear expectations in place regarding the use of deadly force, use of force reporting and continuum, and the use of body worn cameras and vehicle dash cameras . All officers are taught there is a duty to intervene in any situation they feel requires intervention. The Pearland Police Department prides itself on being proactive with our community policing efforts.
In response to inquiries from the Pearland community regarding our police department's use of force, we are providing a link to the department's use of force policy.
In an effort to provide quality service to our community, we consistently review and update policies and procedures to ensure they are aligned with law enforcement best practices.
The Pearland Police Department prides itself on delivering the best possible service to the citizens of Pearland. If you have witnessed exceptional service or that believe you have been subjected to police misconduct of any type, you are encouraged to report the incident to the Pearland Police Department.