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Chief Thoughts: Rebuilding

When I was hired, I was given the title of Chief Civilian Police Administrator and was given six months to get my Police certification in Texas also that I needed to hire some Officers. What I discovered was that I had one full-time officer and one reserve. We had to rely on the Young County Sherriff Office to help patrol our city.   Since I was not certified in Texas, I could not perform any police actions.  

I was given the task of rebuilding the Police Department and rebuilding the relationship with the community. Luckily, I have been able to obtain my Texas Certification and was given the Title of Chief of Police.   Hiring Officers has been a challenge finding Officers that wanted to be a part of the Olney community. I believe I have been fortunate enough to do this.   I now have four full-time Officers and one reserve with still needing one full time and a couple more reserves.   

Starting anew, I decided to change our City Police Patch.   I tried to incorporate the community in the patch and to have some of what Olney is known for.  I included the airplane for Air Tractor, a major employer of our community. I included the Dove for the One-Armed Dove Hunt, held each year and I included the Bear Cub Paw the mascot of our school.   I also changed the badge from a 7-point star to an oval badge, boldly displaying the City of Olney.   These changes might seem minor, but I believe it will go a long way on our throwing out the old and starting new.   I wanted a patch that showed Olney pride and that the Police Department was a part of this community.

It is my goal to continue to build trust and relationship with the citizens of Olney

The Olney Enterprise

213 E. Main St.
PO Box 577

Olney, Texas 76374

Phone: (940) 564-5558

Fax: (940) 564-3992