The city of Pflugerville has joined the ranks of Cedar Park, Georgetown and Leander by participating in the Central Texas Regional S.W.A.T. agreement.
“There is something very honorable in what this team stands for," Pflugerville Police Chief Jessica Robledo said during a July 23 Pflugerville City Council meeting. Robledo was joined by representatives from Cedar Park, Georgetown and Leander's police forces.
Pflugerville City Council unanimously approved the interlocal agreement July 23, officially becoming a partner agency in the CTRS.
The team was first formed in 2015 to combine tactical resources in a unified program in compliance with the National Tactical Officer's Association best practice standards, per city of Pflugerville documents. Tactical resources include trained negotiators, tactical medics, weaponry, equipment and supplies, according to information provided by the city of Leander.
The agreement partners the four cities' police and fire departments, along with Williamson County EMS' tactical medics. Under the agreement, peacekeeping officers are granted the authority to operate in different commissioned areas, Robledo said.
The foundational principles of CTRS, members said, were integrity, discipline and teamwork within their greater communities.
“Seeing this sort of collaborative sentiment [...], I applaud all of y’all and your respective chiefs," Pflugerville City Council Member Jim McDonald said.