The Magnolia Police Department recently learned that it has been recognized as one of the best departments in the world.
The Webber Seavey Award is handed out by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). According to the group's press release, they seek to identify agencies around the world that have an innovative approach to police work and that serve as a model for other agencies to emulate.
The IACP has listed the MPD as one of the top 10 agencies.
"We're extremely excited," said MPD executive officer James Senegal. "It's a tremendous honor to be recognized at a national level like this."
The department is the smallest agency that made it into the top 10 list. Other agencies in the top 10 include the Houston Police Department, the Denver Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
"We only have 13 sworn officers in our department, so for us to make this list says a lot about our department and our officers," said Senegal. "We all have smiled a lot since hearing about this."
The IACP award still has one final step to go through, where they will name the top three agencies worldwide, no later than Sept. 13, according to the press release.
Magnolia Police Chief Domingo Ibarra and another officer will travel to Philadelphia next month, to be recognized at the IACP annual conference.
Ibarra said that the IACP is the oldest and largest organization for police executive, with more than 20,000 members worldwide.