Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Galveston Police Department's Policy Review Forum. As part of our ongoing mission to enhance transparency, the Galveston Police Department has posted a working draft of its policies for public review and comment. The comment period will remain open from Friday, October 9 through Friday, November 6.
Select policies will not be published due to the sensitive nature of the information. The policies excluded are Crisis Response Unit (SWAT Operations), Hostage and Barricade Incidents, Response to Bomb Calls, Rapid Response and Deployment, and Informants.
When the comment period closes, GPD and the City Attorney will review and consider your comments before finalizing the policy manual.
Click on the links below to review the most recent policy drafts. We invite you to share your suggestions and look forward to your feedback. Please assist us with the research process by providing a source, legal basis, or agency currently using the recommendation. Also, you must include which section and chapter your comment covers. To submit a public comment, please complete the form here: https://forms.galvestontx.gov/Forms/GPDPublicComment
Galveston Police Department Policy Manual
Section 1 - Law Enforcement Role and Authority
Section 2 - Organization and Administration
Section 3 - General Operations
Section 4 - Patrol Operations
Section 5 - Traffic Operations
Section 6 - Investigation Operations
Section 7 - Equipment
Section 8 - Support Services
Section 9 - Custody
Section 10 - Personnel
Please use the following as a guide for the tags used throughout the policy manual. Also, as written in the manual, "should" indicates a generally required or expected action, absent a rational basis for failing to conform.
Federal – The section of policy contains federally mandated content.
State – The section of policy contains state mandated content.
Best Practices – The section contains the best suggested course of action compiled from the input of multiple agencies, institutions, associations, experts, and professional groups.
Discretionary – This section is left to the agencies prerogative.
Modified – Something has been changed within formatting that is different from the version that Lexipol released. This includes any change made to the document.