Tim Coffman, a Patrol Sergeant and 20-year veteran of the Department, recently acquired a unique certification from the Texas Crime Prevention Association's Mid-Winter Conference held in South Padre Island, TX.
Sgt. Coffman is the first Officer in the Department's history to hold certification as a Crime Prevention Specialist. To be eligible for this certification, applicants must be a member of the Texas Crime Prevention Association and have prerequisite completion of Crime Prevention I, Crime Prevention II, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
Upon completion of all three courses, applicants must pass a certification examination in review of 106 hours of crime prevention training over topics such as commercial and residential security, commercial and residential security inspections, home owners insurance reduction inspections, neighborhood watch, Project Identification, National Night Out events, and several other crime prevention related programs.
Sgt. Coffman is the 901st member of the Texas Crime Prevention Association to obtain the Certified Crime Prevention Specialist certification, the only certification of its kind currently recognized by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).