Police Department

City Of Port Lavaca Police Department

Contact The Police Department


James Martinez
Police Chief
202 North Virginia
Port Lavaca, TX 77979

Phone: 361-552-3788
jmartinez@portlavaca.org
Chief Chief James Martinez

A Message From The Chief:

Your Police Department consists of a diverse group of outstanding individuals who work consistently to provide policing services to our community.  The unique policing environment present in Port Lavaca has helped to shape a team of professionals who are capable of dealing with the most difficult of policing problems, while at the same time maintaining a professional relationship with the community founded on mutual trust and respect.  As you explore this site and become familiar with each section of the department and its capabilities, I know that you will find the information useful.  Additionally, my hope is that you will begin to see why I am proud to serve with the talented men and women of the Port Lavaca Police Department.

Chief James Martinez

Agency Mission and Values:


Mission


To protect and preserve the rights of the people and serve the citizens of Port Lavaca; to treat all people with the fairness, respect, and dignity through professionalism, open and honest communication, loyalty, integrity, courage, and ethical behavior.

Core Values


Integrity

The Port Lavaca Police Department is built upon a foundation of ethical and professional conduct. We are committed to the highest level of moral principles and ethics. All members of the department will adhere to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

Honesty

We will be truthful and trustworthy at all times.

Fairness

We are committed to equal application of the law to offenders and members of the public as well as the equal application of rules and regulations to all members of the department.

Courage

We are dedicated to meeting all challenges with the courage needed to accomplish our mission.

Compassion

We understand our role as community caretakers, and temper our application of the law with compassion and empathy.


Best Practices:

Port Lavaca Police Department is currently striding to become a Recognized Agency with the Texas Police Chiefs Association.

What is the Law Enforcement Agency Best Practices Recognition Program?

The Law Enforcement Recognition Program is a voluntary process where police agencies in Texas prove their compliance with 164 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. These Best Practices were carefully developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service, the reduction of risk and the protection of individual’s rights.

While similar in nature to the national accreditation program, the Best Practices Recognition Program is easier to administer, lower in cost and is designed specifically for Texas Law Enforcement. The Texas Legislature demands a great deal of professional law enforcement in Texas and the Best Practices were specifically designed to aid Texas agencies in meeting those demands and providing the best quality of service to the people of our State.

Since its inception in 2006, over 91 Texas Law Enforcement Agencies have been Recognized and many more are currently in the process to become Recognized Agencies. While members of the Texas Police Chiefs Association recognizes and supports the national accreditation program, The Texas Best Practices Recognition Program has clearly become the new Gold Standard for Texas Law Enforcement!