Cedar Park Police Department
Message From the CPPD Chief
On behalf of the staff of the Cedar Park Police Department, I condemn the actions taken by law enforcement in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The images of George Floyd’s death are both appalling and heartbreaking. This inexplicable incident has angered the policing profession and goes against the tremendous service many peace officers across the nation perform each and every day.
At the Cedar Park Police Department, we will continue to focus on our commitment to the values, ethical standards, and priorities of our City, our Department and our community.
Our officers strive to be grounded by ethics; to hold ourselves accountable for how we treat the public. We recognize our responsibility to consistently take the steps necessary to ensure something like this does not happen here.
It is the policy of this Department that authorized personnel shall actively enforce local, state, and federal laws in a responsible and professional manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, housing status, occupation, cultural group, language fluency, or any other identifiable group.
The Cedar Park Police Department strictly prohibits and will not tolerate the use of biased policing in traffic contacts, field contacts, asset seizure, forfeiture efforts, or other applications of police authority.
As part of this department’s commitment to unbiased policing, initial and annual training is provided to appropriate members of the department on bias neutralization, implicit bias, case studies and/or other relevant topics. We do not take for granted the support we have from our community and we recognize the tremendous responsibility, which comes with the authority bestowed upon us.
We follow the recommendations of both the state and national accrediting bodies (Texas Police Chief’s Best Practices Recognition Program, and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies), which represent best practices in law enforcement. These standards are updated periodically to make sure we are keeping pace with emerging trends, best practices, and new developments within our culture and society at large.
I want to reassure the Cedar Park community that we at the Cedar Park Police Department will continue to work hard to earn your trust through our actions. Additionally, I reaffirm our commitment to stand beside each of you as we navigate the challenges of our times with the reassuring knowledge that we are stronger together. To protect and serve applies to all. We, as a profession, must honor that. We must be better. We must never stop trying to be better and we must continue to build trust and dialogue with the communities we serve.