In September 2019, the Comptroller’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) was recertified as a “Recognized Agency” under the Best Practices Recognition Program, its third such recognition. Working with CID’s current Best Practices Program Manager, Captain Martin Phelan, an on-site team of inspectors performed an independent review of facilities and manually verified each Best Practice against CID's policy manual and proofs of compliance to ensure each applicable Best Practice was met. Trained police chiefs from other areas of our state conducted the review. Results were sent to the Recognition Committee of Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation (TPCAF) for final analysis and received a unanimous vote of program compliance. The Texas Police Chiefs Association Program Director officially presented this coveted award to Chief Jim Harris in 2020.

Texas law enforcement professionals carefully developed the 168 Best Practices, which cover all aspects of law enforcement operations including investigative operations, property and evidence management, protection of citizen rights and use of force.

Initiated in 2006, the TPCAF Best Practices Recognition Program is a voluntary program for law enforcement agencies. Every four years, the program requires an agency to conduct a critical self-review of its policies, procedures, facilities and operations, and to prepare proofs of compliance for each applicable Best Practice. Annual reports are submitted for years between formal on-site visits.

In 2011, CID was the 47th law enforcement entity in the state to be “Recognized” and the first among state law enforcement agencies. CID was then re-recognized in 2015 and 2019.