Trust through Transparency

Excellence in Service and Protection
Lake Worth Police Department Chief JT Manoushagian

The effectiveness of a law enforcement agency and its officers depends on the relationship the agency has forged with the community it serves. Community-police relationships, like all relationships, must be based on mutual trust and respect to thrive, and seasoned law enforcement personnel know trust and respect are rooted in transparency and accountability. The Lake Worth Police Department takes a proactive role in promoting agency transparency and officer integrity by assessing community-police interactions, providing valuable employee in-service training, and maintaining open lines of public communication. 

In our trust through transparency initiative, we focus on the following areas:

  • Internal strategies that promote fair and impartial policing
  • Collection, analysis, and publication of police-citizen contact data
  • Publication of department policies and procedures
  • Efficient and convenient avenues for citizens to make comments, complaints and inquiries

An Accredited Law Enforcement Agency

OTPCA Recognitionn September 25, 2021 the Lake Worth Police Department became an accredited law enforcement agency by the Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Accreditation Program; the 183rd agency in Texas to be so recognized. The Lake Worth Police Department considers itself one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the state, and this achievement is one of many that affirms as much.

This process provides an independent review of the department’s internal operations and should assure the citizens and visitors of Lake Worth that the Lake Worth Police Department adheres to the highest law enforcement standards.More information a description of the program may be viewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at

Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Participant

ABLE Georgetown In June of 2022, the Lake Worth Police Department became the first non-railroad law enforcement agency in Tarrant County be accepted into the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) ProjectTM, Georgetown University Law Centers national training and support initiative for U.S. law enforcement agencies committed to building a culture of peer intervention that prevents harm.

By demonstrating a firm commitment to transformational reform with support from local community groups and elected leaders, the Lake Worth Police Department joins a select group of more than 215 other law enforcement agencies and statewide and regional training academies from across North America.

Backed by prominent civil rights and law enforcement leaders, the evidence-based, field-tested ABLE Project was developed by Georgetown Law’s Center for Innovations in Community Safety in collaboration with global law firm Sheppard Mullin LLP to provide practical active bystandership strategies and tactics to law enforcement officers to prevent misconduct, reduce mistakes, and promote health and wellness. 

ABLE gives officers the tools they need to overcome the innate and powerful inhibitors all individuals face when called upon to intervene in actions taken by their peers. For more information on the ABLE project, please visit their website by clicking here.

Policy and Procedures Manual

Click here to view the Lake Worth Police Department's policy and procedures manual.

Annual Reports

Commendations, Complaints & Inquiries

Have you received excellent service from one or more of our employees? If so, we would love to hear about it! To report commendable conduct, you can:

  1. Report the conduct online by clicking here.
  2. Report the conduct in-person at the police department, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  3. Call our non-emergency number and ask to speak with the on-duty supervisor. Any supervisor would be happy to hear and pass-along your commendation.

General or supervisory complaints may be made when a person feels that a police employee has acted inappropriately. In accordance with Texas Government Code § 614.022, formal complaints must be made in writing and signed by the complainant. The department's formal complaint form can be downloaded below. Informal complaints may be made in the same manner as a commendation, which is outlined above.