CID was recertified as a “Recognized Agency” under the Best Practices Program in September 2015 after an on-site team of inspectors manually verified each Best Practice standard against CID's policy manual and proofs of compliance with the program. This coveted award was officially presented to CID Chief Martin Cano during the Texas Police Chiefs Association Annual Conference in March 2016.

The Best Practices standards were carefully developed by Texas law enforcement professionals and cover all aspects of law enforcement operations including investigative operations, property and evidence management, protection of citizen rights, and use of force.

Begun in 2006, the Recognition Program is a voluntary program for law enforcement agencies. The program required the CID to conduct a critical self-review of its policies, procedures, facilities and operations, and to prepare proofs of compliance for each applicable Best Practice standard. Upon completion of this process, in August 2011 TPCAF performed an independent review of facilities and verified that each applicable Best Practice standard was met. The review was conducted by trained Police Chiefs from other areas of our state. The results of the review were then sent to the Recognition Committee of TPCAF for final analysis and decision.

On September 1, 2011, CID learned it had been awarded “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” status in a unanimous vote. CID is the 47th law enforcement entity in the state to be so recognized, and the first among state law enforcement agencies. A formal presentation of the award occurred during the Texas Police Chiefs’ Association Annual Conference in April 2012.