Police & Fire Best Practices

Providing police and fire services is tough and essential. We are here to help.

Over the past 40 years of serving local governments, the Risk Pool has developed resources and strategic partnerships to assist police and fire departments.

Sample Law Enforcement Guidelines are available from the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA)(www.texaspolicechiefs.org). The TPCA’s Law Enforcement Best Practices Accreditation Program supports agencies in delivering services, reducing risk, and protecting individuals’ rights. Access and download the Best Practices Standards at https://www.texaspolicechiefs.org/accreditation-program.

Similarly, the Texas Fire Chiefs Association (TFCA) (https://txfirechiefs.org/) has developed a best practices program to encourage fire departments to seek continual improvement in their services to local communities. There are twelve chapters that define best practices in the typical service areas provided by a fire department. This program is applicable to paid, combination, and volunteer fire organizations. The TFCA encourages fire departments to pursue this designation by completing the performance requirements and will be a challenging and worthwhile endeavor. Examples of sample policies can be downloaded from the TFCA’s website at https://txfirechiefs.org/best-practices.

TMLIRP can provide funding for first year fees to member agencies that enter the TPCA or TFCA Best Practices Recognition Programs. Funding is on a first come basis, with yearly update fees the responsibility of the member entity.


  1. Download the TPCA (police) application  or the TFCA (fire) application , complete the form, and send it to the Association.
  2. When the department enters the Recognition Program with a signed contract, the Association will forward the application to TMLIRP.
  3. TMLIRP will confirm the entity is a member of TMLIRP for either workers’ compensation or liability coverages and has not previously paid first year fees.
  4. TMLIRP will notify the entity and the respective Association.
  5. TMLIRP pays approved fees to the Association.

For more information about these programs, please contact your Loss Prevention Representative or visit the Associations’ websites.

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