Committed to the Community

Our mission is to keep McKinney a safe place to live, work, and visit. To do this, we have:

  • 264 sworn officer positions.
  • 82 non-sworn professional staff positions.
  • Clerical, crime analysis, property / evidence management, and communications services.

Patrol and investigative officers are typically the most visible, but we also provide specialized units to address specific crimes and community issues. These include  Neighborhood Police Officers, Traffic Enforcement, School Resource Officers, Crime Awareness and Education,  K-9 , Mounted Unit, SWAT,  Negotiations,  Forensics, and the Community Services Unit, which partners with local agencies to assist homeless individuals and those with substance abuse and / or alcohol abuse problems.

Your safety is the reason we're here

The relationship we have with our residents is one of our top priorities. We want you to make safe choices and be a part of a safe community. We offer events throughout the year to provide opportunities for positive interaction. Check out the city calendar for details.

We provide you with:

  • Real-time, accurate data
  • Effective, open communication
  • Transparency

The Police-to-Citizen System (P2C)

  • View a crime activity bulletin for any date range
  • Map incidents in your area
  • File commendations
  • View information about local sex offenders.


Doing Things Right

We are committed to providing professional and effective services so that all residents and visitors can enjoy everything McKinney has to offer. Recognition and Accreditation offer opportunities to make sure that our department operates in a way that is recognized and proven effective at both the state and national levels. In short, they allow us to demonstrate our commitment to our community.

State Recognition

The Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) awarded McKinney Police with "Recognition Status" in 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022. The agency is up for re-recognition in 2026. The Recognition Program evaluates a police department’s compliance with over 165 Best Business Practices for Texas Law Enforcement including use of force, protection of citizen rights, vehicle pursuits, property and evidence management and patrol and investigative operations.

This voluntary process requires:

  • Critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. 
  • An outside audit and review by TPCA
  • A final review by the TPCA’s Recognition Committee

National Accreditation

McKinney PD is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This means our policies and practices are in compliance with nearly 500 nationally recognized standards for LE excellence.

  • Accreditation last 4 years; 2020 marked our re-accreditation
  • During this period we must maintain continuous compliance with CALEA standards
  • Earning accreditation took 3 years of critical self-review of all policies, procedures, practices, operations, and facilities.
  • CALEA assessors then conducted an audit (remote due to COVID-19) to verify full compliance.

CALEA has created a public portal designed to receive comments regarding our compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status.

These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence. 

The public comment portal can be found here: CALEA Public Comment Portal

Please note that CALEA is not an investigatory body.

We are only the third in the State of Texas to achieve both State Recognition and National Accreditation.


Up-To-Date Equipment and Facilities

For fiscal year 2023-24, the Department’s adopted operating budget is $51,803,084. Police headquarters is housed in a modern Public Safety Building completed in 2006 and shared with the McKinney Fire Department Administration. The agency and its employees are equipped with up-to-date technology, a fully compliant P-25 radio system, and a superb fleet.


Organizational Structure

ELLENBURG, JOE-1Chief of Police, Joe Ellenburg
Joe Ellenburg joined the City of McKinney in November 1995.

Chief Ellenburg has 30 years of law enforcement experience, beginning his career in law enforcement in 1992 with the Collin County Sheriff's Office. In 1995, he was hired by the McKinney Police Department where he rose through the ranks working in a wide variety of divisions. He became Assistant Chief in 2013 and was promoted to Chief of Police on December 5, 2022.

  • Two Assistant Chiefs report directly to the Chief of Police, as does the Police Financial Analyst, Internal Affairs Sergeant, Executive Assistant, the Accreditation Unit, and Administration Sergeant. The Crime Awareness and Education Officer, Mounted Unit, and Communications and Media Specialist report to the Administration Sergeant. Each Assistant Chief manages a bureau.
  • The Support Services Bureau includes the Professional Services Division, comprised of Recruitment and Hiring, Training, Neighborhood Police, Public Education, Community Services, Mounted Unit, and the School Resource Unit. This Bureau also includes the Criminal Investigations Division and the Investigative Support Division which is comprised of the Forensics Unit, Quartermaster, Records, and Property and Evidence.
  • The Operations Bureau is responsible for the Communications Division, Patrol, Traffic, and Special Operations, including Canine Unit and SWAT Command. Patrol is deployed in a twelve-hour shift configuration.

Police Department Organizational chart PDF



The McKinney Police Department publishes news releases to keep you updated about current crime events in the city. We also periodically publish reports including our Annual Report. 

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