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OUR COMMUNITY

The City of Friendswood is located 3 miles west of Interstate Highway 45, mid-way between Houston and Galveston. The modern history of Friendswood, Texas goes back to a Quaker (Friends) colony established in northern Galveston County in 1895. The colony was originally a farming community of fig orchards, Satsuma orange orchards, and rice fields. The people in the community were known for hard work, simple, clean living, and a deep respect for God, the family, and education. This heritage continues in the community today.

 

The City has recently begun a long range strategic planning effort called Vision 2020 intended to develop a guide for the remaining development of the City. The City encompasses 21 square miles and is approximately 50% developed. The current estimate is that the City will reach build out by the year 2020 with a population of 55,000. Because of the influence of the NASA facility, the population of Friendswood is highly educated and has very high expectations for the level of service being provided by the City.

 

Friendswood, TX – July 13, 2009 – Money magazine and CNN/Money recently named Friendswood, Texas as one of the country's "Best Places to Live." Friendswood is the only community in the greater Houston area and one of only six Texas cities to make the list. The 2009 list, which ranks Friendswood as No. 32 out of 100 cities across the United States, focuses on smaller places that offer the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community.

This marks the second time in three years that Friendswood has made CNN/Money's "Best Places to Live" list. In 2007, Friendswood ranked No. 51 out of 100 cities in the U.S. and was the only community in the greater Houston area to make the list at that time as well.

The winning cities were chosen from a list with populations between 8,500 and 50,000. Job growth, cost of living, housing prices, education, arts and leisure options, safety, diversity and health care are all factors when considering America's best places to live.

For the complete list, visit http://money.cnn.com
. For more information on the city of Friendswood, visit www.friendswood.com.

OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT

Chief’s Message

The Friendswood Police Department is organized and trained to provide responsive service in a community-police partnership. The Department focuses all available resources to promote community safety, suppress crime, ensure the safe, orderly movement of traffic, and protect the constitutional rights of all persons.

On behalf of the City and Police Department we want to thank you for taking time to learn more about the City and Police Department and your interest in pursuing a career as a member of the Friendswood Police Department.

Organizational Chart

FRIENDSWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT MISSION

The Friendswood Police Department is organized and trained to provide responsive service in a community-police partnership. The Department focuses all available resources to promote community safety, suppress crime, ensure the safe, orderly movement of traffic, and protect the constitutional rights of all persons

FRIENDSWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT VISION

WE WILL:

Be a progressive and agile organization that readily adapts to the demands of change and growth.

Be professionally knowledgeable, highly trained, and well educated.

Be well equipped and make maximum use of the efficiencies that technology offers.

Be accountable and efficient through team building, communication with each other, shared decision-making and an emphasis on Department values.

Be responsive to our citizens through a dynamic community partnership and by focusing sharply on community needs and the preservation of community values.

Demonstrate leadership in the community through our pursuit of excellence and by setting an example of self-discipline and performance that is the mark of professionals dedicated to service.

FRIENDSWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT VALUES STATEMENT

For everyone, values are the basis for our beliefs and actions. This truth is of even greater importance for a police department and its members. Above all, we are expected to adhere to a higher standard of conduct; a standard in keeping with the special public trust each of us is given. We are required to meet the highest standards of public service in the most difficult of circumstances. Honor and courage are the foundation for this obligation.

By stating our values as a department we declare our commitment to them. We offer them to our community to ensure all may know the basis for all that we seek to do to ensure the quality of life in Friendswood. We acknowledge and affirm that they are our guides in every phase of the work we do, the decisions we make.

Our values are not negotiable. Although we may need to balance them, they will not be ignored for expediency or personal preference. We recognize that by stating our values we must work every day to give them life and meaning in all situations.

What we do and how we do it may change. But in these values we believe it will always be possible to remain clear and steadfast on why we serve and protect this community. To that end we, the men and women of the Friendswood Police Department, declare we value:
 

HUMAN LIFE

INTEGRITY

LAWS AND THE CONSTITUTION

EXCELLENCE

ACCOUNTABILITY

COOPERATION

PROBLEM-SOLVING

OURSELVES
 

HUMAN LIFE

We value human life and dignity above all else. Therefore:

We give first priority to situations which threaten life.

We use force only when necessary.

We treat all persons with courtesy and respect.

We are compassionate and caring.


INTEGRITY

We believe integrity is the basis for community trust. Therefore:

We are honest and truthful.

We are consistent in our beliefs and actions.

We hold ourselves to high standards of moral and ethical conduct.

We are role models for the community.

LAWS AND CONSTITUTION

We believe in the principles embodied in our Constitution. We recognize the authority of Federal, State and local laws. Therefore:

We respect and protect the rights of all citizens. 

We treat all persons fairly and without favoritism.

We are knowledgeable of the law.

We enforce the law.

We obey the law.

EXCELLENCE

We strive for personal and professional excellence. Therefore:

We do our best every day.

We have a vision for the future.

We seek adequate resources: staffing, equipment, training, salaries, benefits and facilities.

We train and develop employees to their highest potential.

We are committed to fair and equitable personnel practices.

We recognize and reward good performance.

We support reasonable risk-taking and are tolerant of honest mistakes.

We are receptive to new ideas and to change.

We work toward realistic, mutually agreed upon goals.

We meet nationally recognized law enforcement standards.

We lead by example and demonstrated competence.

ACCOUNTABILITY

We are accountable to each other and to the citizens we serve, who are the ultimate source of our authority. Therefore:

We communicate openly and honestly among ourselves and with the community.

We understand the importance of community values and expectations.

We are responsive to community concerns.

We manage our resources effectively.

We thoroughly investigate complaints against our employees.

COOPERATION

We believe that cooperation and teamwork will enable us to combine our diverse backgrounds, skills and styles to achieve common goals. Therefore:

We work as a team.

We understand our role in achieving Department and City goals and objectives.

We share our responsibility to serve the citizens of Friendswood with many other agencies and Organizations.

We strive to understand those who disagree with us.

We seek the help and cooperation of others.

We seek to resolve conflicts.

We rely on community support and involvement.

PROBLEM-SOLVING

We are most effective when we help identify and solve community problems. Therefore:

We work to anticipate and prevent problems.

We give high priority to preventing crime and helping citizens feel safe.

We actively seek opinions and ideas from others.

We plan, analyze and evaluate.

We recognize that crime and disorder are community problems.

We listen to problems and complaints with empathy and sensitivity.

We actively seek innovative solutions.

OURSELVES

We are capable, caring people who are doing important and satisfying work for the citizens of Friendswood. Therefore:

We respect, care about, trust and support each other.

We enjoy our work and take pride in our accomplishments.

We are disciplined and reliable.

We balance our professional and personal lives.

We consult the people who will be affected by our decisions.

We have a positive, “can do” attitude.

We cultivate our best characteristics: initiative, enthusiasm, creativity, patience, competence, and judgment.


 

FRIENDSWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT MISSION ESSENTIAL TASK LIST

This Mission Essential Task List has been derived from an analysis of the Department’s Mission Statement. It identifies tasks that are either stated or implied in our mission. All tasks are essential to accomplishing our mission. The tasks are not prioritized. Taken together, all tasks must be addressed to accomplish our mission.

 

1. To enforce federal laws, state laws and local ordinances within the City of Friendswood.

2. To cooperate and coordinate with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

3. To assist other municipal departments and provide comprehensive coordinated public safety services that are focused by community needs.

4. To provide for the safe and effective flow of people and vehicles throughout the city.

5. To resolve conflict when possible between individuals and groups, securing their cooperation with local government.

6. To identify potential public safety issues for individual citizens, police or local government.

7. To build and maintain public, educational and economic partnerships and improve community safety.

8. To create and maintain a feeling of safety within the city, through demonstrated professional performance, positive citizen contacts, and assistance with crime prevention issues.

9. To provide safe temporary detention facilities for all offenders.

10. To manage critical incident operations during times of unusual demands or disaster.

11. To provide referral services that contribute to the relief from the trauma suffered by victims of crimes, misfortunes, and personal loss.

12. To provide uninterrupted public safety communications access for the general public.

13. To provide confidential information input and data storage on incidents relating to public safety.

14. To provide efficient and effective training that builds confidence, skill and professional abilities.

FRIENDSWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT MISSION PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

This Mission Essential Task List has been derived from an analysis of the Department’s Mission Statement. It identifies tasks that are either stated or implied in our mission. All tasks are essential to accomplishing our mission. The tasks are not prioritized. Taken together, all tasks must be addressed to accomplish our mission.

 

To enforce federal laws, state laws and local ordinances within the City of Friendswood.

To cooperate and coordinate with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

To assist other municipal departments and provide comprehensive coordinated public safety services that are focused by community needs.

To provide for the safe and effective flow of people and vehicles throughout the city.

To resolve conflict when possible between individuals and groups, securing their cooperation with local government.

To identify potential public safety issues for individual citizens, police or local government.

To build and maintain public, educational and economic partnerships and improve community safety.

To create and maintain a feeling of safety within the city, through demonstrated professional performance, positive citizen contacts, and assistance with crime prevention issues.

To provide safe temporary detention facilities for all offenders.

To manage critical incident operations during times of unusual demands or disaster.

To provide referral services that contribute to the relief from the trauma suffered by victims of crimes, misfortunes, and personal loss.

To provide uninterrupted public safety communications access for the general public.

To provide confidential information input and data storage on incidents relating to public safety.

To provide efficient and effective training that builds confidence, skill and professional abilities.

FRIENDSWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT MISSION PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  1. To enforce federal laws, state laws and local ordinances within the City of Friendswood.

    1. Conduct traffic stops.

    2. Issue citations.

    3. Issue written or verbal warnings

    4. Make arrests.

    5. Obtain and serve warrants.

    6. Make investigative and information reports.

    7. Conduct criminal and administrative investigations.

    8. Resolve conflict involving citizens, securing voluntary compliance.

  2. To cooperate and coordinate with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

    1. Manage critical incidents pertaining to public safety.

    2. Establish and maintain a network that promotes the exchange of information and enables the regional analysis of crimes.

    3. Conduct warrant apprehension for other jurisdictions.

    4. Coordinate inter-jurisdictional investigations where appropriate

  3. To assist other municipal departments and provide comprehensive coordinated public safety services that are focused by community needs.

    1. Provide traffic control to expedite workflow of other city departments.

    2. Report roadway and city property deficiencies through necessary channels in order to refer work Requests to the appropriate departments.

    3. When requested, establish and maintain stability at scenes where Fire Department and EMS personnel are engaged in operations.

    4. Support and coordinate enforcement of humane ordinances by the Animal Control Unit.

  4. To provide for the safe and effective flow of people and vehicles throughout the city.

    1. Conduct Transportation Code enforcement.

    2. Conduct traffic accident investigations.

    3. Monitor and conduct school zone traffic enforcement.

    4. Promote compliance upon identification of junk and abandoned vehicles.

    5. Conduct escorts for special events, funerals and dignitaries.

    6. Provide traffic control as required.

  5. To resolve conflict when possible between individuals and groups, securing their cooperation with local government.

    1. Mediate domestic disputes.

    2. Refer civil disputes to appropriate civil jurisdictions.

    3. Provide civil standby assistance where appropriate.

    4. Educate the public regarding city ordinances and encourage compliance.

  6. To identify potential public safety issues for individual citizens, police or local government.

    1. Identify and refer mental health cases to a suitable county or state agency.

    2. Identify problem areas through the analysis of crime reports.

    3. Identify hazardous situations that may be detrimental to public safety or health.

    4. Identify abandoned property.

    5. Coordinate the removal of abandoned property.

  7. To build and maintain public, educational and economic partnerships and improve community safety.

    1. Educate and assist business owners in providing for the security of their property.

    2. Develop and maintain a working partnership with school personnel to provide for the security and education of children.

    3. Establish and maintain a network of business contacts through district patrol visits.

    4. Participate in community development working groups.

  8. To create and maintain a feeling of safety within the city, through demonstrated professional performance, positive citizen contacts, and assistance with crime prevention issues.

    1. Demonstrate a high level of professional performance in all calls for service.

    2. Provide follow up to citizens served to ensure known needs are addressed.

    3. Conduct home vacation watches.

    4. Conduct home security surveys.

    5. Conduct selective traffic enforcement.

    6. Provide security and crowd control for designated special events.

    7. Participate in “National Night Out” and other selected community outreach events.

  9. To provide safe temporary detention facilities for all offenders.

    1. Search arrestees upon taking them into custody.

    2. Book arrestees into jail facilities.

    3. Document personal property of arrestees taken for safety and safekeeping.

    4. Inspect jail to ensure that cells are clean and all facility support items are in working order.

    5. Provide meals for prisoners.

    6. Out process arrestees for release.

    7. Transfer arrestees to appropriate county or state detention facilities.

  10. To manage critical incident operations during times of unusual demands or disaster. 10.a.1 Provide flood relief support.

    1. Provide hurricane/tornado relief support.

    2. Provide SWAT unit support to resolve barricade suspect or other critical incidents.

    3. Participate in emergency command post operations for Public Safety crisis.

    4. Provide emergency command and control for police related critical incidents.

  11. To provide referral services that contribute to the relief from the trauma suffered by victims of crime, misfortune, and personal loss.

    1. Identify the immediate and long-term needs of crime victims.

    2. Facilitate the access to crime victim resources outside of the criminal justice system.

    3. Educate the public regarding crime victims’ rights.

    4. Consult with other local and state agencies to maintain contacts and accuracy of support Information.

    5. Transport victims to designated shelters.

    6. Provide special assistance to the victims of crime and their families.

    7. Conduct death notifications as required

    8. Provide police chaplain assistance as required

  12. To provide uninterrupted public safety communications access for the general public.

    1. Provide care through pre-arrival instructions to citizens in a medical crisis.

    2. Provide citizens with responsive public safety services through use of radio and telephone communications.

    3. Transfer calls for public safety services to outside jurisdictions as appropriate.

  13. To provide confidential information input and data storage on incidents relating to public safety.

    1. Collect and store key information regarding calls for service.

    2. Input and store offense and incident reports.

    3. Maintain and provide information consistent with Open Records Act requirements.

    4. Provide appropriate uniform crime statistical reports to federal and state agencies.

  14. To provide efficient and effective training that builds confidence, skill and professional abilities.

    1. Conduct field training for new personnel.

    2. Conduct Department directed in-service training to familiarize personnel with Department policies.

    3. Conduct internal or coordinate external agency support for specialized skill training.

    4. Conduct leadership, values and personal development training.

    5. Advocate and support college level training for all personnel.