Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a message from Chief of Police Shawn M. Reynolds:

"During my first few weeks in Temple, the Police Department has received several questions regarding the state of relations between police and the public, both in our community and throughout the country. After listening to those conversations, we have done our best to consolidate answers to several of the questions we have received frequently. I would also like to reassure residents that the Department has a comprehensive set of policies and procedures which all officers are required to follow. Last year, TPD received recognized status under the Texas Police Chiefs' Association Best Practices Accreditation. Requirements for entry into the program included a two-year application and review process where the Department's policies and procedures were thoroughly examined. TPD is one of just 152 departments within the state to receive such a distinction. I believe it is important that residents take an active role in their communities, and it is encouraging to see so many Temple residents doing just that. We are grateful for the opportunity to have an open dialogue and we look forward to many more productive conversations in the future."


Does TPD follow the recommendations of the "8 Can't Wait" campaign?

TPD does not require officers to exhaust all other alternatives prior to using deadly force. Why is that?

Do police officers in Temple target specific ethnic groups?

What is TPD's policy on use of force?

What factors are used to determine the reasonableness of force?

How does TPD prevent use of excessive force?

Does TPD publish any reports pertaining to use of force?

Are TPD applicants screened prior to becoming an officer?

What are some factors that will disqualify someone from becoming a police officer in Temple?

Why aren't the videos from body worn cameras released to the public?

What are the demographics of TPD Officers?