Patrick Arata, a former Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), has been named the new Chief of Police for the Trophy Club Police Department. Mr. Arata is a three year resident of Trophy Club and brings not only excellent law enforcement management experience, but also close ties to the community he calls home. Arata will officially assume office on November 3, 2014 and plans to make many positive changes for the department.
Arata was selected out of the 12 candidates interviewed, and was vetted by two panels: an external panel of police chiefs and key persons who would work closely with the position.
Town Manager Mike Slye is thrilled to have Arata as part of the team, saying, “I think Patrick will be a great fit for our community and the Police Department; this is a win-win for Trophy Club. I look forward to great things coming from the police department in the future.”
Arata’s primary goals as new Police Chief are creating a team environment, fostering communication internally and externally, and developing a stronger relationship between the community and Trophy Club Police Department. Arata plans to meet with each of his new staff members and discuss ways to improve operations and gain insight into his team members strengths. He believes that everyone brings something unique to the table and intends to tap into his diverse staff and volunteer group, the Trophy Club Emergency Volunteer Association (TCEVA).
“My goal is to build a meaningful bond with the Trophy Club community through our police staff and volunteers by communicating all the great things the department is doing to keep the community safe,” said Arata. “As a team we have the opportunity to move the department forward by better utilizing technology, such as social media, and interacting frequently with residents and businesses in a more effective manner.”
He’s also excited about the upcoming construction of a new police station.
“I look forward to having a new police building and think the town needs a professional establishment that not only gives the residents pride in their department, but also a professional environment for the officers and staff to take pride in their work,” Arata said.
Arata comes to Trophy Club from the Fort Worth-based DEA office where he served for 24 years in various capacities. His most recent position as Assistant Special Agent in Charge equipped him with extensive leadership management experience, where he managed over 140 employees and a $32 million program budget. Over the years Arata received extensive training in leadership, management, law enforcement administration, budgeting, and procurement of new technology. Additionally, he supervised the training unit for DEA Special Agents, state and local law enforcement officers, served as community relations liaison and worked with various community leaders, agencies and civic groups to formulate mutually beneficial objectives.
Previously, Arata served as Staff Coordinator in Washington D.C., where he worked with U.S. and foreign counterparts to amend and strengthen global initiatives to develop and implement operating procedures aimed at controlling and monitoring trade in precursor chemicals by governments. Additionally, Arata served as Supervisory Special Agent in Jackson, Miss., a Special Agent in Los Angeles, Cali., worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and as an Investigator with the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.
Married to his wife Nicole for 15 years,the Arata’s have five children who all attend schools in Trophy Club. The Arata family is active in volunteerism and service to the community, and Patrick is currently a member of the Crime Control & Prevention District Board, Parks & Recreation Board, a member of the PTA for Medlin Middle School, head of the Mustang Men for Medlin and serves on the Beck Elementary PTA Watchdog program. Arata’s two oldest daughters have received the Town of Trophy Club Citizen of the Year Awards (2012 & 2013), and his family regularly volunteers to help with community events including 5K’s/Fun Run’s, Wounded Warrior, the Stars & Stripes initiative and a recent triathlon.