At the Town Council meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014, Chief Scott Kniffen of the Trophy Club Police Department presented numerous awards to the officers at the Annual Awards and Commendations Presentation. Chief Kniffen began the awards presentation, as always, by praising the efforts and commitment of the officers and staff members of the Department. He noted that Trophy Club Police officers have a combined total of over 290 years of experience in law enforcement, with over 167 of those years being specific to this community. The Department currently has 22 sworn officers (18 full-time and 4 reserves); seven of which hold Master Peace Officer certifications, seven who hold Advanced Peace Officer certifications, three with Intermediate certifications, and five Basic Peace Officers.
Two civilian employees of the Department, Janet Grunt and Kelly Akin, were recognized for becoming certified as Telecommunications Operators, while Officer Bob Mastropiero was recognized as a School Resource Officer.
The Department’s continued commitment to Community Policing was acknowledged by the presentation of Bicycle Officer pins by Chief Kniffen and Officer Jeff Rocha, to three individuals. Officers Chris Hankins and Adam Watkins were presented with pins at the meeting and Officer Roseann Sears, who was not present, was recognized as well. These officers will augment the existing bicycle program and assist Detective Keith Burris and Officer Jeff Rocha by providing bicycle rodeos and patrolling the Town when needed.
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement outlines four levels of certification for officers in the State of Texas: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master Peace Officer. Chief Kniffen and Sgt. Wess Tyler presented Officers Tammy Stubblefield and Brian Glueck Basic Peace Officer pins, while Officer Tracey Shields, who was not present, was recognized as having also received this certification.
Officer Jeff Rocha was awarded the Advanced Peace Officer certification pin and Officer Ed Beetler, not present, was also recognized as having gained this certification. Sgt. Jim Norcross was awarded the highest level of certification, receiving a Master Peace Officer pin at the awards recognition.
Dedicated and committed Trophy Club Police Officer Barry Sullivan was then presented with the Certificate of Merit Commendation for his self-initiated efforts in participating in a training exercise with Garland Police Department. This commendation is the result of a representative of Garland PD recommending Officer Sullivan for this prestigious award.
The Trophy Club Police Department and the Town of Trophy Club would like to thank these fine officers, and others who serve this community, for keeping residents safe with their hard work.