On June 17, 2013 Cpl. Anthony Morehouse was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Officer Coty Brown was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Sgt. Morehouse and Cpl. Brown both began their careers with Taylor Police Department on April 25, 2008.
Henry Fluck Appointed Chief of Police
At last night's council meeting, the City of Taylor City Council confirmed City Manager Jim Dunaway's appointment of Henry Fluck (FLUKE) as chief of police.
Fluck is a 40 year law enforcement veteran who began his career with the City of Baltimore Police Department. Fluck then rose through the ranks of the El Paso Police Department, serving in every rank and division of that police department to include acting chief of police. Fluck retired from El Paso PD as Assistant Chief of Police in 1998 after 24 years' service and accepted the position of Chief of Police with the City of Cedar Park. Fluck retired from the Cedar Park Police Department in December 2012, after serving 12 years there as chief of police.
Fluck possesses a BA in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsyvania and a MA in Sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso; possesses Master Peace Officer Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Texas Police Chiefs Association.
"We are very excited at the prospect of Chief Fluck joining the senior management team of the City of Taylor. Chief Fluck brings an incredibly high level of leadership and experience to the Taylor Police Department," said City Manager Jim Dunaway.
"We are also very grateful for the dedication and efforts of Dan Ramsey who served as our interim chief of police."
2009 Taylor Violent Crime Rate Lowest in County
With this year's Texas Department of Public Safety release of crime data (Crime in Texas), Taylor residents can see some change that is very positive! In 2009, Taylor had the lowest violent crime rate per capita in Williamson County, with a property crime rate lower than the highly touted City of Round Rock's crime data.
"This data demonstrates that Taylor is a great place to live," said Police Chief and Assistant City Manager Jeff Straub. "These statistics show that the Taylor Police Department in partnership with our community are doing good things; very good things!"
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In September, we learned that we received a $4,000 award from the Texas Department of Transportation for our having participated in the Click-it or Ticket program. These funds have been used to purchase a "Safety City" that will enable area youth to realize through experience (the controlled operation of pedal cars with goggles that simulate intoxication) the dangers of impaired driving.
In the second week of December, we were notified that we will receive a $10,000 grant from Williamson County Crimestoppers to assist us in the purcashing of crime prevention materials and handouts.
"We are very excited by these grants and awards," said police chief Jeff Straub. "It is always exciting to be able to expand services without placing any additional burden on tax payers."
Grants Assist PD in Obtaining Needed Tools
In fiscally lean times, all cities must be fiscally conservative and seek alternate funding for projects when possible. Over the course of the past 10 years, the Taylor Police Department has aggressively sought grant funding in order to purchase and deploy exceptional technology with a minimal fiscal impact on local taxpayers.
After receiving recommendations from an officer badge committee, the department has decided to purchase
new badges for police officers. These items will be purchased with seized funds at no cost to the taxpayer.
The new badges are a modern oval shape and will retain an imprint of the tradition round, Texas star badge
that has been in service here for so long.