TPD News

Henry Fluck Appointed Chief of Police

02-15-13

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."


Dan Ramsey Appointed Interim Chief of Police

City Manager Jim Dunaway has appointed Dan Ramsey interim chief of police.  This appointment was confirmed by the Taylor City Council at their September 8th council meeting. Ramsey assumes command of the department after former police chief Jeff Straub was named assistant city manager and chief operations officer of the city 18 months ago.

Ramsey has been a police officer since 1982 and has served at the Temple Police Department, Bell County Sheriff's Office, McGregor Police Department and has been at Taylor PD since 1999. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College.

2009 Taylor Violent Crime Rate Lowest in County

In older cities in Texas, change is often lamented as residents look back at "the good old days," of bustling downtowns, family run businesses and when the world seemed to be a kinder, gentler place.  But, all change is not bad.

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!"


    violent property total index
City pop per 100k per 100k per 100k
Georgetown      52,555.00 98.94 1529.83 1628.77
Hutto      17,482.00 165.88 783.66 949.55
Round Rock    110,531.00 115.80 2507.89 2623.70
Taylor      16,394.00 61.00 2494.82 2555.81
Cedar Park      68,464.00 102.24 1434.33 1536.57
Leander      28,646.00 90.76 984.43 1075.19
   
Belton      18,130.00 193.05 4004.41 4197.46
H Heights      26,468.00 211.58 2912.95 3124.53
Temple      60,243.00 288.83 3587.14 3875.97
San Marcos      55,187.00 329.79 3084.06 3413.85
Brenham      15,415.00 674.67 4009.08 4683.75
source 2009 Crime in Texas Report    

Congratulations Assistant Chief Ramsey!
With the appointment of Police Chief Jeff Straub as Assistant City Manager, the Taylor City Council created the rank of Assistant Chief of Police in the police department.  After careful consideration, Chief Straub has selected Sergeant Daniel Ramsey for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.

Ramsey began his law enforcement career at the Temple Police Department in 1982.  He served the McGregor Police Department as a shift supervisor and came to Taylor as a police officer in 1999.  Ramsey was subsequently promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant through his years of service at TPD.

Sergeant Ramsey is a 2010 graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ashworth College.  He has received over 3,400 hours of law enforcement training, holds Master Peace Officer, Instructor and Firearms Instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.  He is also a certified collision reconstructionist and a certified emergency driving instructor.

“I have known Dan for 28 years and watched him grow as a person, police officer, supervisor and administrator,” said Police Chief Jeff Straub.  “Dan has demonstrated that he has personal integrity and has displayed the initiative to complete advanced law enforcement training on his own.  I am excited that Dan will assist me in carrying out goals for even more improvement of an excellent police department.”   

More Grants and Awards!
A very important part of what we do at the Taylor Police Department is to reach out to and interact with our citizens with various community programs.  Last fiscal year (Oct. - Sept.), we conducted 24 community events, serving 6,574 attendees!

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."

Taylor Again Recognized for National Night Out
The Taylor Police Department is pleased to announce that we have been notified by the National Association of Town Watch that we have once again won an award for our community's National  Night Out programs!

Taylor placed 36th nationwide, 4th in the state of Texas and 2nd in central Texas among cities with a population of 15,000 to 49,999.

"This is just another demonstration of how great our community is," said police chief Jeff Straub. "We are excited to be recognized for the great NNO participation and also look to ranking even more highly in the future."
 

Click here to see award winners.

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.


The department was obtained $483,786 in grants and purchased many items with seized funds during this time period.

Grants received are as follows:

year

grant

amount

purchased

1999

Crimesoft beta

 

Henry Fluck Appointed Chief of Police

02-15-13

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."


Dan Ramsey Appointed Interim Chief of Police

City Manager Jim Dunaway has appointed Dan Ramsey interim chief of police.  This appointment was confirmed by the Taylor City Council at their September 8th council meeting. Ramsey assumes command of the department after former police chief Jeff Straub was named assistant city manager and chief operations officer of the city 18 months ago.

Ramsey has been a police officer since 1982 and has served at the Temple Police Department, Bell County Sheriff's Office, McGregor Police Department and has been at Taylor PD since 1999. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College.

2009 Taylor Violent Crime Rate Lowest in County

In older cities in Texas, change is often lamented as residents look back at "the good old days," of bustling downtowns, family run businesses and when the world seemed to be a kinder, gentler place.  But, all change is not bad.

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!"


    violent property total index
City pop per 100k per 100k per 100k
Georgetown      52,555.00 98.94 1529.83 1628.77
Hutto      17,482.00 165.88 783.66 949.55
Round Rock    110,531.00 115.80 2507.89 2623.70
Taylor      16,394.00 61.00 2494.82 2555.81
Cedar Park      68,464.00 102.24 1434.33 1536.57
Leander      28,646.00 90.76 984.43 1075.19
   
Belton      18,130.00 193.05 4004.41 4197.46
H Heights      26,468.00 211.58 2912.95 3124.53
Temple      60,243.00 288.83 3587.14 3875.97
San Marcos      55,187.00 329.79 3084.06 3413.85
Brenham      15,415.00 674.67 4009.08 4683.75
source 2009 Crime in Texas Report    

Congratulations Assistant Chief Ramsey!
With the appointment of Police Chief Jeff Straub as Assistant City Manager, the Taylor City Council created the rank of Assistant Chief of Police in the police department.  After careful consideration, Chief Straub has selected Sergeant Daniel Ramsey for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.

Ramsey began his law enforcement career at the Temple Police Department in 1982.  He served the McGregor Police Department as a shift supervisor and came to Taylor as a police officer in 1999.  Ramsey was subsequently promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant through his years of service at TPD.

Sergeant Ramsey is a 2010 graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ashworth College.  He has received over 3,400 hours of law enforcement training, holds Master Peace Officer, Instructor and Firearms Instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.  He is also a certified collision reconstructionist and a certified emergency driving instructor.

“I have known Dan for 28 years and watched him grow as a person, police officer, supervisor and administrator,” said Police Chief Jeff Straub.  “Dan has demonstrated that he has personal integrity and has displayed the initiative to complete advanced law enforcement training on his own.  I am excited that Dan will assist me in carrying out goals for even more improvement of an excellent police department.”   

More Grants and Awards!
A very important part of what we do at the Taylor Police Department is to reach out to and interact with our citizens with various community programs.  Last fiscal year (Oct. - Sept.), we conducted 24 community events, serving 6,574 attendees!

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."

Taylor Again Recognized for National Night Out
The Taylor Police Department is pleased to announce that we have been notified by the National Association of Town Watch that we have once again won an award for our community's National  Night Out programs!

Taylor placed 36th nationwide, 4th in the state of Texas and 2nd in central Texas among cities with a population of 15,000 to 49,999.

"This is just another demonstration of how great our community is," said police chief Jeff Straub. "We are excited to be recognized for the great NNO participation and also look to ranking even more highly in the future."
 

Click here to see award winners.

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.


The department was obtained $483,786 in grants and purchased many items with seized funds during this time period.

Grants received are as follows:

year

grant

amount

purchased

1999

Crimesoft beta

 $  10,000.00

Records management, CAD, 

Digital mugshots, etc

1999

LLEBG

 $  25,641.00

AFIX NT Server

 

 

2000

LLEBG

 $  18,714.00

Uniform side-arms

 

 

2001

LLEBG

 $  14,706.00

Speed sign, covert audio and video

 

2002

COPS MORE

 $111,713.00

mobile data server, PCs, wireless

 

2002

DPS

 $  42,000.00

VHS in-car video x 12

 

 

2005

Homeland Security

 $  58,000.00

interoperability device and radios

 

2007

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

laptop, projector and hi-def camera

 

2008

Homeland Security

 $194,437.00

Digital video system, new PCs, 

new IP based network for cars, vests

2009

JAG

 $  10,575.00

Pawn Shop database, gun safes,

stop sticks, car organizers, 3 CPUs

2009

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

Safety City

 

 

 

 


Total $493,786


National Night Out 2009 Coloring Contest Winners!

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Wednesday evening, July 29th was a very special night for area children that participated in the 1st Annual National Night Out Coloring Contest! Participants in three age groups (3-5, 6-8, and 9-11 years old) submitted their National Night Out art to a panel of judges that selected winners in each category. All who attended the awards presentation were treated to cookies and juice and got to spend some time with Mayor Pro Tem Ella Jez, area police officers, fire fighters and Sparky and McGruff! All children that attended were awarded a bag of National Night Out goodies, as well.


Prizes were awarded to 1st through 4th place winners in the contest.  3rd and 4th place winners received a backpack and pizza coupons courtesy of Pizza Hut .  2nd place winners received a  pizza coupon and a $20 gift card from Walmart.  1st place winners received new bicycles courtesy of Walmart!


Picture below are our winners!

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winners


Xavier Gonzales - (red bike) 9 years old - 1st place in the 9-11 age group
Nathaniel Flores - (white shirt) 6 years old - 1st place in the 6-8 age group
Zachary Ingles - 5 years old - 1st place in the 3-5 age group.

Taylor residents will be hosting 18 parties on National Night Out, Tuesday August 4th!  We hope to see you there!


TPD Launches Being Safe is Cool Program

On Friday July 24th, 2009 with the support of local sponsors Sonic and Whataburger, the Taylor Police Department will launch their “Being Safe is Cool!” program.  Officers, armed with coupons from our local sponsors will hand out the coupons to children they see doing something safely, e.g. wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, holding their parent’s hand while crossing the street, wearing a seatbelt, etc.  The coupons can then be redeemed for a free ice cream cone from Sonic or a free Justaburger from Whataburger.


The program will run through August 24th, 2009.


The goal of this program is to reward the children for positive behaviors and provide officers with a vehicle for positive interaction with our great youth and their families.

Other area agencies (such as Pflugerville PD) have implemented similar programs.


For more information, contact Beth Wilkes at the Taylor Police Department:


(512) 352-5552 or 365-2509 (metro) or emai Beth Wikes.



Wal-mart Recognized for Christmas with a Cop Support
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On February 23rd, 2009 the Taylor Police Department recognized our local Wal-mart Supercenter and The Wal-mart Foundation for their support of  the Department's Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) program. Store Manager Dennis Brown and his staff were recognized by TPD employees with the presentation of a plaque by Police Chief Jeff Straub for the store's outstanding support of our community.


The Wal-mart Foundation provided a $2,500 grant which made CWAC possible. CWAC is a program where specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers whom took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more.


Officers Complete Field Training
The Taylor Police is proud to announce that all officers recruited in last year's new recruitment effort have successfully completed field training.  After having attended the CAPGOG Regional Police Academy and passing all required examinations and the State licensing exam, the new officers were required to successfully complete about 16 weeks' training under the watchful eyes of field training officers. Officers are only released from field training after they are able to successfully demonstrate that they can perform all job functions and tasks.

Officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown are now able to staff one-officer patrol units.

The new officers must now successfully complete the remainder of their 18 month probationary period before they can receive the status of full civil service police officers with the City of Taylor.

2008 Call and Crime Data
In 2008 Taylor Police responded to more calls for service than ever (a 15% increase), but reported less crime overall (a 20% decrease in offense reports from 2007) in any year since 2004. "While our population continues to grow, we have seen a greater demand for police services, but the types of services we are having to provide is changing," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "It is my opinion that this change reflects an improvement in the overall quality of life of our residents and visitors."

View 2008 call and crime data

Christmas with a Cop a Huge Success!
If the huge smiles on the faces of the participants was any indication, the Taylor Police Department's first annual Christmas With a Cop (CWAC) was a huge success!

CWAC Group Photo









Specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers who took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more!

This program was made possible by a grant from The Wal-mart Foundation. Transportation was provided by the Taylor Independent School District.

Volunteer Police Chaplain Program Cited in New Book 

The Taylor Police Department's Volunteer Police Chaplain program and its successes have been cited in a new book written by former program coordinator (retired) Rev. Steve Best, M.Div. The book, "Stories of the Street: Images of the Human Condition" was recently published by Strategic Book Publishing of New York, NY.

The book contains accounts of situations Best encountered as he served as a volunteer police chaplain for Austin PD, DPS and the Taylor Police Department and includes an introduction written in part by Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.

The Taylor Police Department congratulates Rev. Best on being published and even more so, is grateful for his service to the law enforcement community in general and the Taylor Police Department specifically.

Wal-mart Foundation Grant Sponsors Christmas with a Cop

Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Wal-mart Foundation, the Taylor Police Department will host its first annual Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) Program!

CWAC is a program designed to enable police officers and a specially selected young persons in need to spend one on one time together, shopping for Christmas presents.  Each child will be allotted an amount of funds for shopping and additionally their family will receive a Holiday meal from the program. After shopping together, the children and officers will return to a select meeting place where they will eat lunch together and wrap presents.

"While programs that deliver presents to children and their families are great," said Police Chief Jeff Straub,  "we think it will be very special for a child to spend that one on one time shopping with a police officer, wrapping presents and eating lunch together. It is our hope that this special time will build relationships."


CWAC intends to serve 20 children and their families this year.

Taylor Police Named As National Night Out Award Winners

The Taylor Police Department recently received national recognition from the National Association of Town Watch for the department's National Night Out festivities in 2008!  Our program ranked 49th in the nation and 6th in the State of Texas among all cities of a population between 15,000-49,999. (read about the award's criteria)

TPD would like to thank our many party hosts, volunteers and party attendees for making NNO 2008 such a great success!

TPD Deploys Tasers

After careful consideration and more than a few years of study, the Taylor Police Department has deployed TASERS to its patrol officers.  "After observing TASERS in use by our local constable's office and seeing the deterrent effect the mere presence of a TASER has had on potentially violent subjects, we have elected to deploy them to our personnel," said TPD Chief Jeff Straub. "It is our hope that TASERS will help ensure the safety of our personnel, the safety of the public and prevent us from having to injure a violent suspect."

The training of TPD personnel was provided by Williamson County Constable Precinct 4's office.  Our thanks goes out to Constable Marty Ruble and his excellent staff for their assistance!

New Police Officers Sworn In

New Officers Sworn In
Pictured above are officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown being sworn in by police chief Jeff Straub at the Texas State Peace Officers' Memorial at the Capitol in Austin.

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 four Taylor Police Department recruits graduated from the Capital Area Council of Government Police Academy and were sworn in as the City's newest police officers.

The officers received intensive training in criminal law, traffic law, patrol procedures, emergency driving, use of force and many other pertinent topics.

After successfully completing the academt, the officers then successfully passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education licensing examination for peace officers.

The new officers are:

Byron Totty, Tommy Dewayne Harms, Maris Heyward and Coty Brown.

The new officers must next successfully complete an intensive field training program of approximately 16 weeks in length and must also complete an 18 month probationary period.

"We are extremely proud of the great success of our newest officers in the police academy," said Taylor police chief Jeff Straub. "Most of all, I am very impressed with their personal qualities. They seem to be individuals of the highest character who are very excited about serving the citizens of Taylor."


New Badges, Tradition Retained
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.

New Badge Designs

TPD Awarded Additional Grant Funds
TPD was recently notified that they have been awarded additional Homeland Security Grant funds in the amount of $22,843.50.  These funds (which require no match on the part of the City) will be utilized to purchase additional DP-2 in-car digital video units.

TPD Makes Significant Progress on City's Strategic Plan
The Taylor Police Department recently reviewed their part of the City's overall strategic plan and is pleased to report we have made significant progress! Check out the brief report here!


New In-car Digital Video Units and Server Installed!
The Taylor Police Department's new, in-car digital video system has been installed!  Training in the new system is on-going at this time.

Digital video is far more efficient for storage and retrieval of individual incidents and records a continual loop of a preset time.  Once activated, the recorder retains this information, permiting us to view the pre-incident recording.

This system was funded 100% with Homeland Security grant funds at no cost to Taylor citizens.

New Digital Radios Have Arrived!
After having assisted in the unloading of an 18-wheeler, we are pleased to announce that the new digital radios and equipment have arrived.

We await the radios' programming (which is being provided to us at no cost) by Williamson County communications personnel.

We anticipate that all radios will be deployed and the new system in place by June 26, 2008.


Council Approves Purchase of Digital Radio Equipment Enabling Public Safety to Participate in Williamson County's Regional Radio System
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council voted unanimously to allow public safety to purchase the components necessary to upgrade our dispatch center and radios. This purchase will enable full regional interoperability (via Williamson County's Regional radio system).  The new radio components will greatly enhance area radio transmission and reception and will enable Taylor units and dispatch to communicate with all other cities in Williamson County and subsequently Travis, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

The current Taylor VHF radio systems used by police and fire will no longer be protected by the FCC as of 2011 and the system is already experiencing reduced capability (which has been attributed to bordering frequency encroachment). The new digital radio system has been tested by TPD both in town and throughout the county and has produced far superior results.

While cities of similar size have expended between $1.2 - 2 mil. for similar radio system capability, Taylor will expend approximately $366,000 to outfit all emergency service units, obtain portable radio units and outfit our dispatch center.

Costs have been kept down by the PD purchasing a serviceable but lesser model portable radio for its officers and by implementing a VOIP network for radio control in our dispatch center.

"This (the purchase of the new radio equipment) is a great step forward for Taylor public safety," said police chief Jeff Straub. "City management and our Council have been foresighted enough to recognize the vital need for a robust communications system that will serve us well into the future.  They also have seen that the ability to communicate with any other agency around us will better serve the citizens of the City of Taylor and surrounding communities," said Straub.

Chief Straub also mentioned his gratitude to Williamson County Communications personnel (particularly Patrick Cobb) in their providing engineering and technical support. 

In addition to radio coverage throughout our region and the benefit of interoperability, the City of Taylor will increase its number of talk groups from the current 3, to a potential of 30 to include an encrypted channel for tactical responses.

Mobile and portable units could be installed within the next 30-60 days with a temporary radio concolette placed in dispatch until the new VOIP network is in place.

TPD Granted Permission to Over-hire
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council granted the police department permission to over-hire one police officer position.  Currently, the department has four officer vacancies (which are currently being filled, with recruits tentatively scheduled to begin the police academy on 04-28-08).  A fifth police officer vacancy will occur as we promote to fill a vacant sergeant's slot.  Testing for the sergeant's position is April 30th.

The ability to over-hire the one position will enable the PD to hire in time for the 04-28-08 academy start date.

New City ID Cards Forthcoming
In working with the City's Finance Department to zero out some old fund balances, the police department has elected to use some court awarded seized funds to purchase a new, state of the art ID card system.  This system will meet and exceed all of the new State mandated ID card requirements for police officers (hologram, fingerprints, etc.) and will also be utilized to create color coded ID cards for all city employees.

The new ID card system will print on media that is similar in size and density of a common credit card.

Digital Video Units and Server Arrive!

All of the components from our new Homeland Security Grant funded digital in-car video system have arrived!  Install is tentatively scheduled for the last week of April or the first week of May.

This system will not only permit us to do away with the cumbersome VHS system, but will allow us to instantly retrieve (and copy for prosecutors, etc.) individual stops and contacts.  The new system, besides having the enhanced video quality of a DVD and multiple cameras will allow us to better scrutinize each and every stop, will be a powerful training tool and will cut down on the massive amount of time we spend copying VHS recordings.  (VHS can only be copied realtime to a DVD, so, if you have 2 cars with 2 hours of video of an event, that's 4 hours' copying time!) 


From 3 to 85 - TPD Applicant Pool Grows!
In a day and age where almost all police agencies are experiencing serious difficulties in recruiting qualified police applicants, the Taylor Police Department recently experienced some astounding success.  The Department's received 85 applications for their 02-29-08 test, a tremendous increase from the 3 that signed up to take their past two tests.

With Taylor City Council's approval, the Taylor Police Department has been enabled to recruit qualified applicants that do not yet possess a peace officer's license as police cadets.  Once an applicant successfully passes the police officers' entrance examination and physical skills test, they are placed on a civil service list to be considered for vacancies regardless of whether they are yet licensed a peace officers.  Those who successfully pass a rigorous background examination, oral interview board and other screening mechanisms will then be given conditional offers of employment.  They must then also pass an intensive physical and psychological examination to proceed in the process.

Those that are not yet licensed will be sent to a regional police academy where they will obtain licensure.  Police recruits will then undergo an intensive 16 week field training program prior to being released to work on their own as probationary police officers.

"Opening our agency to all qualified individuals (as opposed to only those that already have a peace officer's license) is a great step for our department," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "Most people who would like to become police officers have family responsibilities and  cannot afford to quit their jobs to attend a police academy on their own. Paying a competitive wage for recruits and guiding them through the licensing process will help us develop officers with a loyalty to our City," said Straub.  "We want people committed to personal growth, being team members and the welfare of our community.  This is a great start to reach our goals."

Straub also lauded his recruiting staff, pointing out that they followed up personally and almost instantly with potential recruits.

New Technology Implemented, More to Come
Thanks to Homeland Security grant funds and a forward-looking staff, the Taylor Police Department has recently deployed an encrypted Broadband network to their police units.  According to Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub, "The intent of this network deployment is to attain our longstanding goal: to provide officers in the field the same capabilities they would have at the station.  Officers now have access to all calls for service data, report writing, records management data, warrants databases and mugshots, all from their cars."

TPD Receive "Contract Trainer" Status from TCLEOSE

After having undergone an extensive applications process, the Taylor Police Department was awarded "Contract Trainer" status by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) on Friday September 7th, 2007. This status allows TPD to provide State recognized training to all Texas peace officers.


Taylor Police Receive $4,000 Award from TxDOT
The Taylor Police Department has been awarded $4,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the purchase of traffic enforcement and/or safety equipment. The department became eligible for the randomly distributed award by participating in TxDOT's  "Click-it or Ticket" program.

Purchase with the awarded funds were a high definition video camera and docking station for DVD transfer of video and a laptop computer and projector for training and educational presentations.

"We're excited to have been awarded these funds," said police chief Jeff Straub. "This award has permitted us to purchase more items we have needed without placing any additional burden on tax payers."

Taylor Police Receive $172,316 Homeland Security Grant

The Taylor Police Department has been notified that they have been awarded $172,316 in funds (with no match required) for the purchase of specific equipment.  These grant funds will allow for the improvement of the department's mobile data system to deploy the department's records management system to the field, deployment of new laptop computers, the installation and deployment of a digital in-car video system with server, the purchase of 27 bullet proof vests and more.

"This grant will allow us to take one more step in our attempt to continue to be a progressive police agency, and all at no additional cost to the taxpayer," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "The fact that no matching funds are required is excellent."
 
Police Communications Now Reverse 911 Capable
Taylor Police Communications now has the ability to notify residents of public safety emergencies via a reverse 911 system.  When activated, the system will phone residents and advise them of situations such as tornado warnings, hazardous materials spills, etc. and can be activated in specific neighborhoods if needed.

Utilizing Homeland Security Grant funds and nominal contributions from participating cities, CAPCOG (The Capitol Area Council of Governments) has purchased and deployed this reverse 911 system.

"We see this as a major addition to our capabilities enabling us to more effectively notify residents in a time of emergency," said Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.  "Warning sirens are almost cost prohibitive and the ability to hear these sirens inside of a well constructed structure is questionable.  Another issue is that a siren cannot provide instructions on what is occurring and how folks should respond.  We feel that reverse 911 is a major communications enhancement."

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Taylor Police Deploy Speed Measurement Laser
With the changing complexion of the City of Taylor has come a substantial increase in vehicular traffic and with this traffic, the need for more effective speed control measures.  As traffic has increased, it has become more difficult to use car mounted moving radar effectively.  Sometimes it is just not safe nor practical to risk turning around in traffic to pursue speed law violators.  Another issue in our city is that many of our streets--particularly in residential areas-- are not wide enough to accommodate the effective use of moving radar.

To address these issues, the Taylor Police Department has purchased and deployed a new speed measuring laser device.  Laser will enable us to effectively measure speed of individual vehicles in dense traffic, measure speed in areas where it is not practical to run moving radar or place a police unit (such as school zones, many residential areas, etc.). 

The laser unit was purchased with funds seized from drug dealers and awarded to TPD by the courts and at no expense to the tax payer.

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Technology Article Highlighting Taylor PD Appears in Texas Town and City (The Official magazine of the Texas Municipal League!

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The May issue of Texas Town and City features an article highlighting Taylor PD's technology implementation!  

We're excited to share what we've learned with others and send a special thanks to TML for recognizing out efforts!

TTC is a TML publication that is available only by subscription. 

READ THE ARTICLE

 

 
 10,000.00

Records management, CAD, 

Digital mugshots, etc

1999

LLEBG

 

Henry Fluck Appointed Chief of Police

02-15-13

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."


Dan Ramsey Appointed Interim Chief of Police

City Manager Jim Dunaway has appointed Dan Ramsey interim chief of police.  This appointment was confirmed by the Taylor City Council at their September 8th council meeting. Ramsey assumes command of the department after former police chief Jeff Straub was named assistant city manager and chief operations officer of the city 18 months ago.

Ramsey has been a police officer since 1982 and has served at the Temple Police Department, Bell County Sheriff's Office, McGregor Police Department and has been at Taylor PD since 1999. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College.

2009 Taylor Violent Crime Rate Lowest in County

In older cities in Texas, change is often lamented as residents look back at "the good old days," of bustling downtowns, family run businesses and when the world seemed to be a kinder, gentler place.  But, all change is not bad.

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!"


    violent property total index
City pop per 100k per 100k per 100k
Georgetown      52,555.00 98.94 1529.83 1628.77
Hutto      17,482.00 165.88 783.66 949.55
Round Rock    110,531.00 115.80 2507.89 2623.70
Taylor      16,394.00 61.00 2494.82 2555.81
Cedar Park      68,464.00 102.24 1434.33 1536.57
Leander      28,646.00 90.76 984.43 1075.19
   
Belton      18,130.00 193.05 4004.41 4197.46
H Heights      26,468.00 211.58 2912.95 3124.53
Temple      60,243.00 288.83 3587.14 3875.97
San Marcos      55,187.00 329.79 3084.06 3413.85
Brenham      15,415.00 674.67 4009.08 4683.75
source 2009 Crime in Texas Report    

Congratulations Assistant Chief Ramsey!
With the appointment of Police Chief Jeff Straub as Assistant City Manager, the Taylor City Council created the rank of Assistant Chief of Police in the police department.  After careful consideration, Chief Straub has selected Sergeant Daniel Ramsey for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.

Ramsey began his law enforcement career at the Temple Police Department in 1982.  He served the McGregor Police Department as a shift supervisor and came to Taylor as a police officer in 1999.  Ramsey was subsequently promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant through his years of service at TPD.

Sergeant Ramsey is a 2010 graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ashworth College.  He has received over 3,400 hours of law enforcement training, holds Master Peace Officer, Instructor and Firearms Instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.  He is also a certified collision reconstructionist and a certified emergency driving instructor.

“I have known Dan for 28 years and watched him grow as a person, police officer, supervisor and administrator,” said Police Chief Jeff Straub.  “Dan has demonstrated that he has personal integrity and has displayed the initiative to complete advanced law enforcement training on his own.  I am excited that Dan will assist me in carrying out goals for even more improvement of an excellent police department.”   

More Grants and Awards!
A very important part of what we do at the Taylor Police Department is to reach out to and interact with our citizens with various community programs.  Last fiscal year (Oct. - Sept.), we conducted 24 community events, serving 6,574 attendees!

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."

Taylor Again Recognized for National Night Out
The Taylor Police Department is pleased to announce that we have been notified by the National Association of Town Watch that we have once again won an award for our community's National  Night Out programs!

Taylor placed 36th nationwide, 4th in the state of Texas and 2nd in central Texas among cities with a population of 15,000 to 49,999.

"This is just another demonstration of how great our community is," said police chief Jeff Straub. "We are excited to be recognized for the great NNO participation and also look to ranking even more highly in the future."
 

Click here to see award winners.

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.


The department was obtained $483,786 in grants and purchased many items with seized funds during this time period.

Grants received are as follows:

year

grant

amount

purchased

1999

Crimesoft beta

 $  10,000.00

Records management, CAD, 

Digital mugshots, etc

1999

LLEBG

 $  25,641.00

AFIX NT Server

 

 

2000

LLEBG

 $  18,714.00

Uniform side-arms

 

 

2001

LLEBG

 $  14,706.00

Speed sign, covert audio and video

 

2002

COPS MORE

 $111,713.00

mobile data server, PCs, wireless

 

2002

DPS

 $  42,000.00

VHS in-car video x 12

 

 

2005

Homeland Security

 $  58,000.00

interoperability device and radios

 

2007

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

laptop, projector and hi-def camera

 

2008

Homeland Security

 $194,437.00

Digital video system, new PCs, 

new IP based network for cars, vests

2009

JAG

 $  10,575.00

Pawn Shop database, gun safes,

stop sticks, car organizers, 3 CPUs

2009

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

Safety City

 

 

 

 


Total $493,786


National Night Out 2009 Coloring Contest Winners!

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Wednesday evening, July 29th was a very special night for area children that participated in the 1st Annual National Night Out Coloring Contest! Participants in three age groups (3-5, 6-8, and 9-11 years old) submitted their National Night Out art to a panel of judges that selected winners in each category. All who attended the awards presentation were treated to cookies and juice and got to spend some time with Mayor Pro Tem Ella Jez, area police officers, fire fighters and Sparky and McGruff! All children that attended were awarded a bag of National Night Out goodies, as well.


Prizes were awarded to 1st through 4th place winners in the contest.  3rd and 4th place winners received a backpack and pizza coupons courtesy of Pizza Hut .  2nd place winners received a  pizza coupon and a $20 gift card from Walmart.  1st place winners received new bicycles courtesy of Walmart!


Picture below are our winners!

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winners


Xavier Gonzales - (red bike) 9 years old - 1st place in the 9-11 age group
Nathaniel Flores - (white shirt) 6 years old - 1st place in the 6-8 age group
Zachary Ingles - 5 years old - 1st place in the 3-5 age group.

Taylor residents will be hosting 18 parties on National Night Out, Tuesday August 4th!  We hope to see you there!


TPD Launches Being Safe is Cool Program

On Friday July 24th, 2009 with the support of local sponsors Sonic and Whataburger, the Taylor Police Department will launch their “Being Safe is Cool!” program.  Officers, armed with coupons from our local sponsors will hand out the coupons to children they see doing something safely, e.g. wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, holding their parent’s hand while crossing the street, wearing a seatbelt, etc.  The coupons can then be redeemed for a free ice cream cone from Sonic or a free Justaburger from Whataburger.


The program will run through August 24th, 2009.


The goal of this program is to reward the children for positive behaviors and provide officers with a vehicle for positive interaction with our great youth and their families.

Other area agencies (such as Pflugerville PD) have implemented similar programs.


For more information, contact Beth Wilkes at the Taylor Police Department:


(512) 352-5552 or 365-2509 (metro) or emai Beth Wikes.



Wal-mart Recognized for Christmas with a Cop Support
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On February 23rd, 2009 the Taylor Police Department recognized our local Wal-mart Supercenter and The Wal-mart Foundation for their support of  the Department's Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) program. Store Manager Dennis Brown and his staff were recognized by TPD employees with the presentation of a plaque by Police Chief Jeff Straub for the store's outstanding support of our community.


The Wal-mart Foundation provided a $2,500 grant which made CWAC possible. CWAC is a program where specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers whom took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more.


Officers Complete Field Training
The Taylor Police is proud to announce that all officers recruited in last year's new recruitment effort have successfully completed field training.  After having attended the CAPGOG Regional Police Academy and passing all required examinations and the State licensing exam, the new officers were required to successfully complete about 16 weeks' training under the watchful eyes of field training officers. Officers are only released from field training after they are able to successfully demonstrate that they can perform all job functions and tasks.

Officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown are now able to staff one-officer patrol units.

The new officers must now successfully complete the remainder of their 18 month probationary period before they can receive the status of full civil service police officers with the City of Taylor.

2008 Call and Crime Data
In 2008 Taylor Police responded to more calls for service than ever (a 15% increase), but reported less crime overall (a 20% decrease in offense reports from 2007) in any year since 2004. "While our population continues to grow, we have seen a greater demand for police services, but the types of services we are having to provide is changing," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "It is my opinion that this change reflects an improvement in the overall quality of life of our residents and visitors."

View 2008 call and crime data

Christmas with a Cop a Huge Success!
If the huge smiles on the faces of the participants was any indication, the Taylor Police Department's first annual Christmas With a Cop (CWAC) was a huge success!

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Specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers who took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more!

This program was made possible by a grant from The Wal-mart Foundation. Transportation was provided by the Taylor Independent School District.

Volunteer Police Chaplain Program Cited in New Book 

The Taylor Police Department's Volunteer Police Chaplain program and its successes have been cited in a new book written by former program coordinator (retired) Rev. Steve Best, M.Div. The book, "Stories of the Street: Images of the Human Condition" was recently published by Strategic Book Publishing of New York, NY.

The book contains accounts of situations Best encountered as he served as a volunteer police chaplain for Austin PD, DPS and the Taylor Police Department and includes an introduction written in part by Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.

The Taylor Police Department congratulates Rev. Best on being published and even more so, is grateful for his service to the law enforcement community in general and the Taylor Police Department specifically.

Wal-mart Foundation Grant Sponsors Christmas with a Cop

Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Wal-mart Foundation, the Taylor Police Department will host its first annual Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) Program!

CWAC is a program designed to enable police officers and a specially selected young persons in need to spend one on one time together, shopping for Christmas presents.  Each child will be allotted an amount of funds for shopping and additionally their family will receive a Holiday meal from the program. After shopping together, the children and officers will return to a select meeting place where they will eat lunch together and wrap presents.

"While programs that deliver presents to children and their families are great," said Police Chief Jeff Straub,  "we think it will be very special for a child to spend that one on one time shopping with a police officer, wrapping presents and eating lunch together. It is our hope that this special time will build relationships."


CWAC intends to serve 20 children and their families this year.

Taylor Police Named As National Night Out Award Winners

The Taylor Police Department recently received national recognition from the National Association of Town Watch for the department's National Night Out festivities in 2008!  Our program ranked 49th in the nation and 6th in the State of Texas among all cities of a population between 15,000-49,999. (read about the award's criteria)

TPD would like to thank our many party hosts, volunteers and party attendees for making NNO 2008 such a great success!

TPD Deploys Tasers

After careful consideration and more than a few years of study, the Taylor Police Department has deployed TASERS to its patrol officers.  "After observing TASERS in use by our local constable's office and seeing the deterrent effect the mere presence of a TASER has had on potentially violent subjects, we have elected to deploy them to our personnel," said TPD Chief Jeff Straub. "It is our hope that TASERS will help ensure the safety of our personnel, the safety of the public and prevent us from having to injure a violent suspect."

The training of TPD personnel was provided by Williamson County Constable Precinct 4's office.  Our thanks goes out to Constable Marty Ruble and his excellent staff for their assistance!

New Police Officers Sworn In

New Officers Sworn In
Pictured above are officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown being sworn in by police chief Jeff Straub at the Texas State Peace Officers' Memorial at the Capitol in Austin.

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 four Taylor Police Department recruits graduated from the Capital Area Council of Government Police Academy and were sworn in as the City's newest police officers.

The officers received intensive training in criminal law, traffic law, patrol procedures, emergency driving, use of force and many other pertinent topics.

After successfully completing the academt, the officers then successfully passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education licensing examination for peace officers.

The new officers are:

Byron Totty, Tommy Dewayne Harms, Maris Heyward and Coty Brown.

The new officers must next successfully complete an intensive field training program of approximately 16 weeks in length and must also complete an 18 month probationary period.

"We are extremely proud of the great success of our newest officers in the police academy," said Taylor police chief Jeff Straub. "Most of all, I am very impressed with their personal qualities. They seem to be individuals of the highest character who are very excited about serving the citizens of Taylor."


New Badges, Tradition Retained
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.

New Badge Designs

TPD Awarded Additional Grant Funds
TPD was recently notified that they have been awarded additional Homeland Security Grant funds in the amount of $22,843.50.  These funds (which require no match on the part of the City) will be utilized to purchase additional DP-2 in-car digital video units.

TPD Makes Significant Progress on City's Strategic Plan
The Taylor Police Department recently reviewed their part of the City's overall strategic plan and is pleased to report we have made significant progress! Check out the brief report here!


New In-car Digital Video Units and Server Installed!
The Taylor Police Department's new, in-car digital video system has been installed!  Training in the new system is on-going at this time.

Digital video is far more efficient for storage and retrieval of individual incidents and records a continual loop of a preset time.  Once activated, the recorder retains this information, permiting us to view the pre-incident recording.

This system was funded 100% with Homeland Security grant funds at no cost to Taylor citizens.

New Digital Radios Have Arrived!
After having assisted in the unloading of an 18-wheeler, we are pleased to announce that the new digital radios and equipment have arrived.

We await the radios' programming (which is being provided to us at no cost) by Williamson County communications personnel.

We anticipate that all radios will be deployed and the new system in place by June 26, 2008.


Council Approves Purchase of Digital Radio Equipment Enabling Public Safety to Participate in Williamson County's Regional Radio System
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council voted unanimously to allow public safety to purchase the components necessary to upgrade our dispatch center and radios. This purchase will enable full regional interoperability (via Williamson County's Regional radio system).  The new radio components will greatly enhance area radio transmission and reception and will enable Taylor units and dispatch to communicate with all other cities in Williamson County and subsequently Travis, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

The current Taylor VHF radio systems used by police and fire will no longer be protected by the FCC as of 2011 and the system is already experiencing reduced capability (which has been attributed to bordering frequency encroachment). The new digital radio system has been tested by TPD both in town and throughout the county and has produced far superior results.

While cities of similar size have expended between $1.2 - 2 mil. for similar radio system capability, Taylor will expend approximately $366,000 to outfit all emergency service units, obtain portable radio units and outfit our dispatch center.

Costs have been kept down by the PD purchasing a serviceable but lesser model portable radio for its officers and by implementing a VOIP network for radio control in our dispatch center.

"This (the purchase of the new radio equipment) is a great step forward for Taylor public safety," said police chief Jeff Straub. "City management and our Council have been foresighted enough to recognize the vital need for a robust communications system that will serve us well into the future.  They also have seen that the ability to communicate with any other agency around us will better serve the citizens of the City of Taylor and surrounding communities," said Straub.

Chief Straub also mentioned his gratitude to Williamson County Communications personnel (particularly Patrick Cobb) in their providing engineering and technical support. 

In addition to radio coverage throughout our region and the benefit of interoperability, the City of Taylor will increase its number of talk groups from the current 3, to a potential of 30 to include an encrypted channel for tactical responses.

Mobile and portable units could be installed within the next 30-60 days with a temporary radio concolette placed in dispatch until the new VOIP network is in place.

TPD Granted Permission to Over-hire
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council granted the police department permission to over-hire one police officer position.  Currently, the department has four officer vacancies (which are currently being filled, with recruits tentatively scheduled to begin the police academy on 04-28-08).  A fifth police officer vacancy will occur as we promote to fill a vacant sergeant's slot.  Testing for the sergeant's position is April 30th.

The ability to over-hire the one position will enable the PD to hire in time for the 04-28-08 academy start date.

New City ID Cards Forthcoming
In working with the City's Finance Department to zero out some old fund balances, the police department has elected to use some court awarded seized funds to purchase a new, state of the art ID card system.  This system will meet and exceed all of the new State mandated ID card requirements for police officers (hologram, fingerprints, etc.) and will also be utilized to create color coded ID cards for all city employees.

The new ID card system will print on media that is similar in size and density of a common credit card.

Digital Video Units and Server Arrive!

All of the components from our new Homeland Security Grant funded digital in-car video system have arrived!  Install is tentatively scheduled for the last week of April or the first week of May.

This system will not only permit us to do away with the cumbersome VHS system, but will allow us to instantly retrieve (and copy for prosecutors, etc.) individual stops and contacts.  The new system, besides having the enhanced video quality of a DVD and multiple cameras will allow us to better scrutinize each and every stop, will be a powerful training tool and will cut down on the massive amount of time we spend copying VHS recordings.  (VHS can only be copied realtime to a DVD, so, if you have 2 cars with 2 hours of video of an event, that's 4 hours' copying time!) 


From 3 to 85 - TPD Applicant Pool Grows!
In a day and age where almost all police agencies are experiencing serious difficulties in recruiting qualified police applicants, the Taylor Police Department recently experienced some astounding success.  The Department's received 85 applications for their 02-29-08 test, a tremendous increase from the 3 that signed up to take their past two tests.

With Taylor City Council's approval, the Taylor Police Department has been enabled to recruit qualified applicants that do not yet possess a peace officer's license as police cadets.  Once an applicant successfully passes the police officers' entrance examination and physical skills test, they are placed on a civil service list to be considered for vacancies regardless of whether they are yet licensed a peace officers.  Those who successfully pass a rigorous background examination, oral interview board and other screening mechanisms will then be given conditional offers of employment.  They must then also pass an intensive physical and psychological examination to proceed in the process.

Those that are not yet licensed will be sent to a regional police academy where they will obtain licensure.  Police recruits will then undergo an intensive 16 week field training program prior to being released to work on their own as probationary police officers.

"Opening our agency to all qualified individuals (as opposed to only those that already have a peace officer's license) is a great step for our department," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "Most people who would like to become police officers have family responsibilities and  cannot afford to quit their jobs to attend a police academy on their own. Paying a competitive wage for recruits and guiding them through the licensing process will help us develop officers with a loyalty to our City," said Straub.  "We want people committed to personal growth, being team members and the welfare of our community.  This is a great start to reach our goals."

Straub also lauded his recruiting staff, pointing out that they followed up personally and almost instantly with potential recruits.

New Technology Implemented, More to Come
Thanks to Homeland Security grant funds and a forward-looking staff, the Taylor Police Department has recently deployed an encrypted Broadband network to their police units.  According to Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub, "The intent of this network deployment is to attain our longstanding goal: to provide officers in the field the same capabilities they would have at the station.  Officers now have access to all calls for service data, report writing, records management data, warrants databases and mugshots, all from their cars."

TPD Receive "Contract Trainer" Status from TCLEOSE

After having undergone an extensive applications process, the Taylor Police Department was awarded "Contract Trainer" status by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) on Friday September 7th, 2007. This status allows TPD to provide State recognized training to all Texas peace officers.


Taylor Police Receive $4,000 Award from TxDOT
The Taylor Police Department has been awarded $4,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the purchase of traffic enforcement and/or safety equipment. The department became eligible for the randomly distributed award by participating in TxDOT's  "Click-it or Ticket" program.

Purchase with the awarded funds were a high definition video camera and docking station for DVD transfer of video and a laptop computer and projector for training and educational presentations.

"We're excited to have been awarded these funds," said police chief Jeff Straub. "This award has permitted us to purchase more items we have needed without placing any additional burden on tax payers."

Taylor Police Receive $172,316 Homeland Security Grant

The Taylor Police Department has been notified that they have been awarded $172,316 in funds (with no match required) for the purchase of specific equipment.  These grant funds will allow for the improvement of the department's mobile data system to deploy the department's records management system to the field, deployment of new laptop computers, the installation and deployment of a digital in-car video system with server, the purchase of 27 bullet proof vests and more.

"This grant will allow us to take one more step in our attempt to continue to be a progressive police agency, and all at no additional cost to the taxpayer," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "The fact that no matching funds are required is excellent."
 
Police Communications Now Reverse 911 Capable
Taylor Police Communications now has the ability to notify residents of public safety emergencies via a reverse 911 system.  When activated, the system will phone residents and advise them of situations such as tornado warnings, hazardous materials spills, etc. and can be activated in specific neighborhoods if needed.

Utilizing Homeland Security Grant funds and nominal contributions from participating cities, CAPCOG (The Capitol Area Council of Governments) has purchased and deployed this reverse 911 system.

"We see this as a major addition to our capabilities enabling us to more effectively notify residents in a time of emergency," said Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.  "Warning sirens are almost cost prohibitive and the ability to hear these sirens inside of a well constructed structure is questionable.  Another issue is that a siren cannot provide instructions on what is occurring and how folks should respond.  We feel that reverse 911 is a major communications enhancement."

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Taylor Police Deploy Speed Measurement Laser
With the changing complexion of the City of Taylor has come a substantial increase in vehicular traffic and with this traffic, the need for more effective speed control measures.  As traffic has increased, it has become more difficult to use car mounted moving radar effectively.  Sometimes it is just not safe nor practical to risk turning around in traffic to pursue speed law violators.  Another issue in our city is that many of our streets--particularly in residential areas-- are not wide enough to accommodate the effective use of moving radar.

To address these issues, the Taylor Police Department has purchased and deployed a new speed measuring laser device.  Laser will enable us to effectively measure speed of individual vehicles in dense traffic, measure speed in areas where it is not practical to run moving radar or place a police unit (such as school zones, many residential areas, etc.). 

The laser unit was purchased with funds seized from drug dealers and awarded to TPD by the courts and at no expense to the tax payer.

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Technology Article Highlighting Taylor PD Appears in Texas Town and City (The Official magazine of the Texas Municipal League!

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The May issue of Texas Town and City features an article highlighting Taylor PD's technology implementation!  

We're excited to share what we've learned with others and send a special thanks to TML for recognizing out efforts!

TTC is a TML publication that is available only by subscription. 

READ THE ARTICLE

 

 
 25,641.00

AFIX NT Server

 

 

2000

LLEBG

 

Henry Fluck Appointed Chief of Police

02-15-13

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."


Dan Ramsey Appointed Interim Chief of Police

City Manager Jim Dunaway has appointed Dan Ramsey interim chief of police.  This appointment was confirmed by the Taylor City Council at their September 8th council meeting. Ramsey assumes command of the department after former police chief Jeff Straub was named assistant city manager and chief operations officer of the city 18 months ago.

Ramsey has been a police officer since 1982 and has served at the Temple Police Department, Bell County Sheriff's Office, McGregor Police Department and has been at Taylor PD since 1999. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College.

2009 Taylor Violent Crime Rate Lowest in County

In older cities in Texas, change is often lamented as residents look back at "the good old days," of bustling downtowns, family run businesses and when the world seemed to be a kinder, gentler place.  But, all change is not bad.

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!"


    violent property total index
City pop per 100k per 100k per 100k
Georgetown      52,555.00 98.94 1529.83 1628.77
Hutto      17,482.00 165.88 783.66 949.55
Round Rock    110,531.00 115.80 2507.89 2623.70
Taylor      16,394.00 61.00 2494.82 2555.81
Cedar Park      68,464.00 102.24 1434.33 1536.57
Leander      28,646.00 90.76 984.43 1075.19
   
Belton      18,130.00 193.05 4004.41 4197.46
H Heights      26,468.00 211.58 2912.95 3124.53
Temple      60,243.00 288.83 3587.14 3875.97
San Marcos      55,187.00 329.79 3084.06 3413.85
Brenham      15,415.00 674.67 4009.08 4683.75
source 2009 Crime in Texas Report    

Congratulations Assistant Chief Ramsey!
With the appointment of Police Chief Jeff Straub as Assistant City Manager, the Taylor City Council created the rank of Assistant Chief of Police in the police department.  After careful consideration, Chief Straub has selected Sergeant Daniel Ramsey for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.

Ramsey began his law enforcement career at the Temple Police Department in 1982.  He served the McGregor Police Department as a shift supervisor and came to Taylor as a police officer in 1999.  Ramsey was subsequently promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant through his years of service at TPD.

Sergeant Ramsey is a 2010 graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ashworth College.  He has received over 3,400 hours of law enforcement training, holds Master Peace Officer, Instructor and Firearms Instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.  He is also a certified collision reconstructionist and a certified emergency driving instructor.

“I have known Dan for 28 years and watched him grow as a person, police officer, supervisor and administrator,” said Police Chief Jeff Straub.  “Dan has demonstrated that he has personal integrity and has displayed the initiative to complete advanced law enforcement training on his own.  I am excited that Dan will assist me in carrying out goals for even more improvement of an excellent police department.”   

More Grants and Awards!
A very important part of what we do at the Taylor Police Department is to reach out to and interact with our citizens with various community programs.  Last fiscal year (Oct. - Sept.), we conducted 24 community events, serving 6,574 attendees!

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."

Taylor Again Recognized for National Night Out
The Taylor Police Department is pleased to announce that we have been notified by the National Association of Town Watch that we have once again won an award for our community's National  Night Out programs!

Taylor placed 36th nationwide, 4th in the state of Texas and 2nd in central Texas among cities with a population of 15,000 to 49,999.

"This is just another demonstration of how great our community is," said police chief Jeff Straub. "We are excited to be recognized for the great NNO participation and also look to ranking even more highly in the future."
 

Click here to see award winners.

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.


The department was obtained $483,786 in grants and purchased many items with seized funds during this time period.

Grants received are as follows:

year

grant

amount

purchased

1999

Crimesoft beta

 $  10,000.00

Records management, CAD, 

Digital mugshots, etc

1999

LLEBG

 $  25,641.00

AFIX NT Server

 

 

2000

LLEBG

 $  18,714.00

Uniform side-arms

 

 

2001

LLEBG

 $  14,706.00

Speed sign, covert audio and video

 

2002

COPS MORE

 $111,713.00

mobile data server, PCs, wireless

 

2002

DPS

 $  42,000.00

VHS in-car video x 12

 

 

2005

Homeland Security

 $  58,000.00

interoperability device and radios

 

2007

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

laptop, projector and hi-def camera

 

2008

Homeland Security

 $194,437.00

Digital video system, new PCs, 

new IP based network for cars, vests

2009

JAG

 $  10,575.00

Pawn Shop database, gun safes,

stop sticks, car organizers, 3 CPUs

2009

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

Safety City

 

 

 

 


Total $493,786


National Night Out 2009 Coloring Contest Winners!

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Wednesday evening, July 29th was a very special night for area children that participated in the 1st Annual National Night Out Coloring Contest! Participants in three age groups (3-5, 6-8, and 9-11 years old) submitted their National Night Out art to a panel of judges that selected winners in each category. All who attended the awards presentation were treated to cookies and juice and got to spend some time with Mayor Pro Tem Ella Jez, area police officers, fire fighters and Sparky and McGruff! All children that attended were awarded a bag of National Night Out goodies, as well.


Prizes were awarded to 1st through 4th place winners in the contest.  3rd and 4th place winners received a backpack and pizza coupons courtesy of Pizza Hut .  2nd place winners received a  pizza coupon and a $20 gift card from Walmart.  1st place winners received new bicycles courtesy of Walmart!


Picture below are our winners!

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winners


Xavier Gonzales - (red bike) 9 years old - 1st place in the 9-11 age group
Nathaniel Flores - (white shirt) 6 years old - 1st place in the 6-8 age group
Zachary Ingles - 5 years old - 1st place in the 3-5 age group.

Taylor residents will be hosting 18 parties on National Night Out, Tuesday August 4th!  We hope to see you there!


TPD Launches Being Safe is Cool Program

On Friday July 24th, 2009 with the support of local sponsors Sonic and Whataburger, the Taylor Police Department will launch their “Being Safe is Cool!” program.  Officers, armed with coupons from our local sponsors will hand out the coupons to children they see doing something safely, e.g. wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, holding their parent’s hand while crossing the street, wearing a seatbelt, etc.  The coupons can then be redeemed for a free ice cream cone from Sonic or a free Justaburger from Whataburger.


The program will run through August 24th, 2009.


The goal of this program is to reward the children for positive behaviors and provide officers with a vehicle for positive interaction with our great youth and their families.

Other area agencies (such as Pflugerville PD) have implemented similar programs.


For more information, contact Beth Wilkes at the Taylor Police Department:


(512) 352-5552 or 365-2509 (metro) or emai Beth Wikes.



Wal-mart Recognized for Christmas with a Cop Support
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On February 23rd, 2009 the Taylor Police Department recognized our local Wal-mart Supercenter and The Wal-mart Foundation for their support of  the Department's Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) program. Store Manager Dennis Brown and his staff were recognized by TPD employees with the presentation of a plaque by Police Chief Jeff Straub for the store's outstanding support of our community.


The Wal-mart Foundation provided a $2,500 grant which made CWAC possible. CWAC is a program where specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers whom took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more.


Officers Complete Field Training
The Taylor Police is proud to announce that all officers recruited in last year's new recruitment effort have successfully completed field training.  After having attended the CAPGOG Regional Police Academy and passing all required examinations and the State licensing exam, the new officers were required to successfully complete about 16 weeks' training under the watchful eyes of field training officers. Officers are only released from field training after they are able to successfully demonstrate that they can perform all job functions and tasks.

Officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown are now able to staff one-officer patrol units.

The new officers must now successfully complete the remainder of their 18 month probationary period before they can receive the status of full civil service police officers with the City of Taylor.

2008 Call and Crime Data
In 2008 Taylor Police responded to more calls for service than ever (a 15% increase), but reported less crime overall (a 20% decrease in offense reports from 2007) in any year since 2004. "While our population continues to grow, we have seen a greater demand for police services, but the types of services we are having to provide is changing," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "It is my opinion that this change reflects an improvement in the overall quality of life of our residents and visitors."

View 2008 call and crime data

Christmas with a Cop a Huge Success!
If the huge smiles on the faces of the participants was any indication, the Taylor Police Department's first annual Christmas With a Cop (CWAC) was a huge success!

CWAC Group Photo









Specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers who took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more!

This program was made possible by a grant from The Wal-mart Foundation. Transportation was provided by the Taylor Independent School District.

Volunteer Police Chaplain Program Cited in New Book 

The Taylor Police Department's Volunteer Police Chaplain program and its successes have been cited in a new book written by former program coordinator (retired) Rev. Steve Best, M.Div. The book, "Stories of the Street: Images of the Human Condition" was recently published by Strategic Book Publishing of New York, NY.

The book contains accounts of situations Best encountered as he served as a volunteer police chaplain for Austin PD, DPS and the Taylor Police Department and includes an introduction written in part by Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.

The Taylor Police Department congratulates Rev. Best on being published and even more so, is grateful for his service to the law enforcement community in general and the Taylor Police Department specifically.

Wal-mart Foundation Grant Sponsors Christmas with a Cop

Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Wal-mart Foundation, the Taylor Police Department will host its first annual Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) Program!

CWAC is a program designed to enable police officers and a specially selected young persons in need to spend one on one time together, shopping for Christmas presents.  Each child will be allotted an amount of funds for shopping and additionally their family will receive a Holiday meal from the program. After shopping together, the children and officers will return to a select meeting place where they will eat lunch together and wrap presents.

"While programs that deliver presents to children and their families are great," said Police Chief Jeff Straub,  "we think it will be very special for a child to spend that one on one time shopping with a police officer, wrapping presents and eating lunch together. It is our hope that this special time will build relationships."


CWAC intends to serve 20 children and their families this year.

Taylor Police Named As National Night Out Award Winners

The Taylor Police Department recently received national recognition from the National Association of Town Watch for the department's National Night Out festivities in 2008!  Our program ranked 49th in the nation and 6th in the State of Texas among all cities of a population between 15,000-49,999. (read about the award's criteria)

TPD would like to thank our many party hosts, volunteers and party attendees for making NNO 2008 such a great success!

TPD Deploys Tasers

After careful consideration and more than a few years of study, the Taylor Police Department has deployed TASERS to its patrol officers.  "After observing TASERS in use by our local constable's office and seeing the deterrent effect the mere presence of a TASER has had on potentially violent subjects, we have elected to deploy them to our personnel," said TPD Chief Jeff Straub. "It is our hope that TASERS will help ensure the safety of our personnel, the safety of the public and prevent us from having to injure a violent suspect."

The training of TPD personnel was provided by Williamson County Constable Precinct 4's office.  Our thanks goes out to Constable Marty Ruble and his excellent staff for their assistance!

New Police Officers Sworn In

New Officers Sworn In
Pictured above are officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown being sworn in by police chief Jeff Straub at the Texas State Peace Officers' Memorial at the Capitol in Austin.

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 four Taylor Police Department recruits graduated from the Capital Area Council of Government Police Academy and were sworn in as the City's newest police officers.

The officers received intensive training in criminal law, traffic law, patrol procedures, emergency driving, use of force and many other pertinent topics.

After successfully completing the academt, the officers then successfully passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education licensing examination for peace officers.

The new officers are:

Byron Totty, Tommy Dewayne Harms, Maris Heyward and Coty Brown.

The new officers must next successfully complete an intensive field training program of approximately 16 weeks in length and must also complete an 18 month probationary period.

"We are extremely proud of the great success of our newest officers in the police academy," said Taylor police chief Jeff Straub. "Most of all, I am very impressed with their personal qualities. They seem to be individuals of the highest character who are very excited about serving the citizens of Taylor."


New Badges, Tradition Retained
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.

New Badge Designs

TPD Awarded Additional Grant Funds
TPD was recently notified that they have been awarded additional Homeland Security Grant funds in the amount of $22,843.50.  These funds (which require no match on the part of the City) will be utilized to purchase additional DP-2 in-car digital video units.

TPD Makes Significant Progress on City's Strategic Plan
The Taylor Police Department recently reviewed their part of the City's overall strategic plan and is pleased to report we have made significant progress! Check out the brief report here!


New In-car Digital Video Units and Server Installed!
The Taylor Police Department's new, in-car digital video system has been installed!  Training in the new system is on-going at this time.

Digital video is far more efficient for storage and retrieval of individual incidents and records a continual loop of a preset time.  Once activated, the recorder retains this information, permiting us to view the pre-incident recording.

This system was funded 100% with Homeland Security grant funds at no cost to Taylor citizens.

New Digital Radios Have Arrived!
After having assisted in the unloading of an 18-wheeler, we are pleased to announce that the new digital radios and equipment have arrived.

We await the radios' programming (which is being provided to us at no cost) by Williamson County communications personnel.

We anticipate that all radios will be deployed and the new system in place by June 26, 2008.


Council Approves Purchase of Digital Radio Equipment Enabling Public Safety to Participate in Williamson County's Regional Radio System
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council voted unanimously to allow public safety to purchase the components necessary to upgrade our dispatch center and radios. This purchase will enable full regional interoperability (via Williamson County's Regional radio system).  The new radio components will greatly enhance area radio transmission and reception and will enable Taylor units and dispatch to communicate with all other cities in Williamson County and subsequently Travis, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

The current Taylor VHF radio systems used by police and fire will no longer be protected by the FCC as of 2011 and the system is already experiencing reduced capability (which has been attributed to bordering frequency encroachment). The new digital radio system has been tested by TPD both in town and throughout the county and has produced far superior results.

While cities of similar size have expended between $1.2 - 2 mil. for similar radio system capability, Taylor will expend approximately $366,000 to outfit all emergency service units, obtain portable radio units and outfit our dispatch center.

Costs have been kept down by the PD purchasing a serviceable but lesser model portable radio for its officers and by implementing a VOIP network for radio control in our dispatch center.

"This (the purchase of the new radio equipment) is a great step forward for Taylor public safety," said police chief Jeff Straub. "City management and our Council have been foresighted enough to recognize the vital need for a robust communications system that will serve us well into the future.  They also have seen that the ability to communicate with any other agency around us will better serve the citizens of the City of Taylor and surrounding communities," said Straub.

Chief Straub also mentioned his gratitude to Williamson County Communications personnel (particularly Patrick Cobb) in their providing engineering and technical support. 

In addition to radio coverage throughout our region and the benefit of interoperability, the City of Taylor will increase its number of talk groups from the current 3, to a potential of 30 to include an encrypted channel for tactical responses.

Mobile and portable units could be installed within the next 30-60 days with a temporary radio concolette placed in dispatch until the new VOIP network is in place.

TPD Granted Permission to Over-hire
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council granted the police department permission to over-hire one police officer position.  Currently, the department has four officer vacancies (which are currently being filled, with recruits tentatively scheduled to begin the police academy on 04-28-08).  A fifth police officer vacancy will occur as we promote to fill a vacant sergeant's slot.  Testing for the sergeant's position is April 30th.

The ability to over-hire the one position will enable the PD to hire in time for the 04-28-08 academy start date.

New City ID Cards Forthcoming
In working with the City's Finance Department to zero out some old fund balances, the police department has elected to use some court awarded seized funds to purchase a new, state of the art ID card system.  This system will meet and exceed all of the new State mandated ID card requirements for police officers (hologram, fingerprints, etc.) and will also be utilized to create color coded ID cards for all city employees.

The new ID card system will print on media that is similar in size and density of a common credit card.

Digital Video Units and Server Arrive!

All of the components from our new Homeland Security Grant funded digital in-car video system have arrived!  Install is tentatively scheduled for the last week of April or the first week of May.

This system will not only permit us to do away with the cumbersome VHS system, but will allow us to instantly retrieve (and copy for prosecutors, etc.) individual stops and contacts.  The new system, besides having the enhanced video quality of a DVD and multiple cameras will allow us to better scrutinize each and every stop, will be a powerful training tool and will cut down on the massive amount of time we spend copying VHS recordings.  (VHS can only be copied realtime to a DVD, so, if you have 2 cars with 2 hours of video of an event, that's 4 hours' copying time!) 


From 3 to 85 - TPD Applicant Pool Grows!
In a day and age where almost all police agencies are experiencing serious difficulties in recruiting qualified police applicants, the Taylor Police Department recently experienced some astounding success.  The Department's received 85 applications for their 02-29-08 test, a tremendous increase from the 3 that signed up to take their past two tests.

With Taylor City Council's approval, the Taylor Police Department has been enabled to recruit qualified applicants that do not yet possess a peace officer's license as police cadets.  Once an applicant successfully passes the police officers' entrance examination and physical skills test, they are placed on a civil service list to be considered for vacancies regardless of whether they are yet licensed a peace officers.  Those who successfully pass a rigorous background examination, oral interview board and other screening mechanisms will then be given conditional offers of employment.  They must then also pass an intensive physical and psychological examination to proceed in the process.

Those that are not yet licensed will be sent to a regional police academy where they will obtain licensure.  Police recruits will then undergo an intensive 16 week field training program prior to being released to work on their own as probationary police officers.

"Opening our agency to all qualified individuals (as opposed to only those that already have a peace officer's license) is a great step for our department," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "Most people who would like to become police officers have family responsibilities and  cannot afford to quit their jobs to attend a police academy on their own. Paying a competitive wage for recruits and guiding them through the licensing process will help us develop officers with a loyalty to our City," said Straub.  "We want people committed to personal growth, being team members and the welfare of our community.  This is a great start to reach our goals."

Straub also lauded his recruiting staff, pointing out that they followed up personally and almost instantly with potential recruits.

New Technology Implemented, More to Come
Thanks to Homeland Security grant funds and a forward-looking staff, the Taylor Police Department has recently deployed an encrypted Broadband network to their police units.  According to Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub, "The intent of this network deployment is to attain our longstanding goal: to provide officers in the field the same capabilities they would have at the station.  Officers now have access to all calls for service data, report writing, records management data, warrants databases and mugshots, all from their cars."

TPD Receive "Contract Trainer" Status from TCLEOSE

After having undergone an extensive applications process, the Taylor Police Department was awarded "Contract Trainer" status by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) on Friday September 7th, 2007. This status allows TPD to provide State recognized training to all Texas peace officers.


Taylor Police Receive $4,000 Award from TxDOT
The Taylor Police Department has been awarded $4,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the purchase of traffic enforcement and/or safety equipment. The department became eligible for the randomly distributed award by participating in TxDOT's  "Click-it or Ticket" program.

Purchase with the awarded funds were a high definition video camera and docking station for DVD transfer of video and a laptop computer and projector for training and educational presentations.

"We're excited to have been awarded these funds," said police chief Jeff Straub. "This award has permitted us to purchase more items we have needed without placing any additional burden on tax payers."

Taylor Police Receive $172,316 Homeland Security Grant

The Taylor Police Department has been notified that they have been awarded $172,316 in funds (with no match required) for the purchase of specific equipment.  These grant funds will allow for the improvement of the department's mobile data system to deploy the department's records management system to the field, deployment of new laptop computers, the installation and deployment of a digital in-car video system with server, the purchase of 27 bullet proof vests and more.

"This grant will allow us to take one more step in our attempt to continue to be a progressive police agency, and all at no additional cost to the taxpayer," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "The fact that no matching funds are required is excellent."
 
Police Communications Now Reverse 911 Capable
Taylor Police Communications now has the ability to notify residents of public safety emergencies via a reverse 911 system.  When activated, the system will phone residents and advise them of situations such as tornado warnings, hazardous materials spills, etc. and can be activated in specific neighborhoods if needed.

Utilizing Homeland Security Grant funds and nominal contributions from participating cities, CAPCOG (The Capitol Area Council of Governments) has purchased and deployed this reverse 911 system.

"We see this as a major addition to our capabilities enabling us to more effectively notify residents in a time of emergency," said Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.  "Warning sirens are almost cost prohibitive and the ability to hear these sirens inside of a well constructed structure is questionable.  Another issue is that a siren cannot provide instructions on what is occurring and how folks should respond.  We feel that reverse 911 is a major communications enhancement."

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Taylor Police Deploy Speed Measurement Laser
With the changing complexion of the City of Taylor has come a substantial increase in vehicular traffic and with this traffic, the need for more effective speed control measures.  As traffic has increased, it has become more difficult to use car mounted moving radar effectively.  Sometimes it is just not safe nor practical to risk turning around in traffic to pursue speed law violators.  Another issue in our city is that many of our streets--particularly in residential areas-- are not wide enough to accommodate the effective use of moving radar.

To address these issues, the Taylor Police Department has purchased and deployed a new speed measuring laser device.  Laser will enable us to effectively measure speed of individual vehicles in dense traffic, measure speed in areas where it is not practical to run moving radar or place a police unit (such as school zones, many residential areas, etc.). 

The laser unit was purchased with funds seized from drug dealers and awarded to TPD by the courts and at no expense to the tax payer.

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Technology Article Highlighting Taylor PD Appears in Texas Town and City (The Official magazine of the Texas Municipal League!

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The May issue of Texas Town and City features an article highlighting Taylor PD's technology implementation!  

We're excited to share what we've learned with others and send a special thanks to TML for recognizing out efforts!

TTC is a TML publication that is available only by subscription. 

READ THE ARTICLE

 

 
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2001

LLEBG

 

Henry Fluck Appointed Chief of Police

02-15-13

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."


Dan Ramsey Appointed Interim Chief of Police

City Manager Jim Dunaway has appointed Dan Ramsey interim chief of police.  This appointment was confirmed by the Taylor City Council at their September 8th council meeting. Ramsey assumes command of the department after former police chief Jeff Straub was named assistant city manager and chief operations officer of the city 18 months ago.

Ramsey has been a police officer since 1982 and has served at the Temple Police Department, Bell County Sheriff's Office, McGregor Police Department and has been at Taylor PD since 1999. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College.

2009 Taylor Violent Crime Rate Lowest in County

In older cities in Texas, change is often lamented as residents look back at "the good old days," of bustling downtowns, family run businesses and when the world seemed to be a kinder, gentler place.  But, all change is not bad.

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!"


    violent property total index
City pop per 100k per 100k per 100k
Georgetown      52,555.00 98.94 1529.83 1628.77
Hutto      17,482.00 165.88 783.66 949.55
Round Rock    110,531.00 115.80 2507.89 2623.70
Taylor      16,394.00 61.00 2494.82 2555.81
Cedar Park      68,464.00 102.24 1434.33 1536.57
Leander      28,646.00 90.76 984.43 1075.19
   
Belton      18,130.00 193.05 4004.41 4197.46
H Heights      26,468.00 211.58 2912.95 3124.53
Temple      60,243.00 288.83 3587.14 3875.97
San Marcos      55,187.00 329.79 3084.06 3413.85
Brenham      15,415.00 674.67 4009.08 4683.75
source 2009 Crime in Texas Report    

Congratulations Assistant Chief Ramsey!
With the appointment of Police Chief Jeff Straub as Assistant City Manager, the Taylor City Council created the rank of Assistant Chief of Police in the police department.  After careful consideration, Chief Straub has selected Sergeant Daniel Ramsey for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.

Ramsey began his law enforcement career at the Temple Police Department in 1982.  He served the McGregor Police Department as a shift supervisor and came to Taylor as a police officer in 1999.  Ramsey was subsequently promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant through his years of service at TPD.

Sergeant Ramsey is a 2010 graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ashworth College.  He has received over 3,400 hours of law enforcement training, holds Master Peace Officer, Instructor and Firearms Instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.  He is also a certified collision reconstructionist and a certified emergency driving instructor.

“I have known Dan for 28 years and watched him grow as a person, police officer, supervisor and administrator,” said Police Chief Jeff Straub.  “Dan has demonstrated that he has personal integrity and has displayed the initiative to complete advanced law enforcement training on his own.  I am excited that Dan will assist me in carrying out goals for even more improvement of an excellent police department.”   

More Grants and Awards!
A very important part of what we do at the Taylor Police Department is to reach out to and interact with our citizens with various community programs.  Last fiscal year (Oct. - Sept.), we conducted 24 community events, serving 6,574 attendees!

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."

Taylor Again Recognized for National Night Out
The Taylor Police Department is pleased to announce that we have been notified by the National Association of Town Watch that we have once again won an award for our community's National  Night Out programs!

Taylor placed 36th nationwide, 4th in the state of Texas and 2nd in central Texas among cities with a population of 15,000 to 49,999.

"This is just another demonstration of how great our community is," said police chief Jeff Straub. "We are excited to be recognized for the great NNO participation and also look to ranking even more highly in the future."
 

Click here to see award winners.

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.


The department was obtained $483,786 in grants and purchased many items with seized funds during this time period.

Grants received are as follows:

year

grant

amount

purchased

1999

Crimesoft beta

 $  10,000.00

Records management, CAD, 

Digital mugshots, etc

1999

LLEBG

 $  25,641.00

AFIX NT Server

 

 

2000

LLEBG

 $  18,714.00

Uniform side-arms

 

 

2001

LLEBG

 $  14,706.00

Speed sign, covert audio and video

 

2002

COPS MORE

 $111,713.00

mobile data server, PCs, wireless

 

2002

DPS

 $  42,000.00

VHS in-car video x 12

 

 

2005

Homeland Security

 $  58,000.00

interoperability device and radios

 

2007

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

laptop, projector and hi-def camera

 

2008

Homeland Security

 $194,437.00

Digital video system, new PCs, 

new IP based network for cars, vests

2009

JAG

 $  10,575.00

Pawn Shop database, gun safes,

stop sticks, car organizers, 3 CPUs

2009

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

Safety City

 

 

 

 


Total $493,786


National Night Out 2009 Coloring Contest Winners!

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Wednesday evening, July 29th was a very special night for area children that participated in the 1st Annual National Night Out Coloring Contest! Participants in three age groups (3-5, 6-8, and 9-11 years old) submitted their National Night Out art to a panel of judges that selected winners in each category. All who attended the awards presentation were treated to cookies and juice and got to spend some time with Mayor Pro Tem Ella Jez, area police officers, fire fighters and Sparky and McGruff! All children that attended were awarded a bag of National Night Out goodies, as well.


Prizes were awarded to 1st through 4th place winners in the contest.  3rd and 4th place winners received a backpack and pizza coupons courtesy of Pizza Hut .  2nd place winners received a  pizza coupon and a $20 gift card from Walmart.  1st place winners received new bicycles courtesy of Walmart!


Picture below are our winners!

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winners


Xavier Gonzales - (red bike) 9 years old - 1st place in the 9-11 age group
Nathaniel Flores - (white shirt) 6 years old - 1st place in the 6-8 age group
Zachary Ingles - 5 years old - 1st place in the 3-5 age group.

Taylor residents will be hosting 18 parties on National Night Out, Tuesday August 4th!  We hope to see you there!


TPD Launches Being Safe is Cool Program

On Friday July 24th, 2009 with the support of local sponsors Sonic and Whataburger, the Taylor Police Department will launch their “Being Safe is Cool!” program.  Officers, armed with coupons from our local sponsors will hand out the coupons to children they see doing something safely, e.g. wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, holding their parent’s hand while crossing the street, wearing a seatbelt, etc.  The coupons can then be redeemed for a free ice cream cone from Sonic or a free Justaburger from Whataburger.


The program will run through August 24th, 2009.


The goal of this program is to reward the children for positive behaviors and provide officers with a vehicle for positive interaction with our great youth and their families.

Other area agencies (such as Pflugerville PD) have implemented similar programs.


For more information, contact Beth Wilkes at the Taylor Police Department:


(512) 352-5552 or 365-2509 (metro) or emai Beth Wikes.



Wal-mart Recognized for Christmas with a Cop Support
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On February 23rd, 2009 the Taylor Police Department recognized our local Wal-mart Supercenter and The Wal-mart Foundation for their support of  the Department's Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) program. Store Manager Dennis Brown and his staff were recognized by TPD employees with the presentation of a plaque by Police Chief Jeff Straub for the store's outstanding support of our community.


The Wal-mart Foundation provided a $2,500 grant which made CWAC possible. CWAC is a program where specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers whom took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more.


Officers Complete Field Training
The Taylor Police is proud to announce that all officers recruited in last year's new recruitment effort have successfully completed field training.  After having attended the CAPGOG Regional Police Academy and passing all required examinations and the State licensing exam, the new officers were required to successfully complete about 16 weeks' training under the watchful eyes of field training officers. Officers are only released from field training after they are able to successfully demonstrate that they can perform all job functions and tasks.

Officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown are now able to staff one-officer patrol units.

The new officers must now successfully complete the remainder of their 18 month probationary period before they can receive the status of full civil service police officers with the City of Taylor.

2008 Call and Crime Data
In 2008 Taylor Police responded to more calls for service than ever (a 15% increase), but reported less crime overall (a 20% decrease in offense reports from 2007) in any year since 2004. "While our population continues to grow, we have seen a greater demand for police services, but the types of services we are having to provide is changing," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "It is my opinion that this change reflects an improvement in the overall quality of life of our residents and visitors."

View 2008 call and crime data

Christmas with a Cop a Huge Success!
If the huge smiles on the faces of the participants was any indication, the Taylor Police Department's first annual Christmas With a Cop (CWAC) was a huge success!

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Specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers who took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more!

This program was made possible by a grant from The Wal-mart Foundation. Transportation was provided by the Taylor Independent School District.

Volunteer Police Chaplain Program Cited in New Book 

The Taylor Police Department's Volunteer Police Chaplain program and its successes have been cited in a new book written by former program coordinator (retired) Rev. Steve Best, M.Div. The book, "Stories of the Street: Images of the Human Condition" was recently published by Strategic Book Publishing of New York, NY.

The book contains accounts of situations Best encountered as he served as a volunteer police chaplain for Austin PD, DPS and the Taylor Police Department and includes an introduction written in part by Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.

The Taylor Police Department congratulates Rev. Best on being published and even more so, is grateful for his service to the law enforcement community in general and the Taylor Police Department specifically.

Wal-mart Foundation Grant Sponsors Christmas with a Cop

Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Wal-mart Foundation, the Taylor Police Department will host its first annual Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) Program!

CWAC is a program designed to enable police officers and a specially selected young persons in need to spend one on one time together, shopping for Christmas presents.  Each child will be allotted an amount of funds for shopping and additionally their family will receive a Holiday meal from the program. After shopping together, the children and officers will return to a select meeting place where they will eat lunch together and wrap presents.

"While programs that deliver presents to children and their families are great," said Police Chief Jeff Straub,  "we think it will be very special for a child to spend that one on one time shopping with a police officer, wrapping presents and eating lunch together. It is our hope that this special time will build relationships."


CWAC intends to serve 20 children and their families this year.

Taylor Police Named As National Night Out Award Winners

The Taylor Police Department recently received national recognition from the National Association of Town Watch for the department's National Night Out festivities in 2008!  Our program ranked 49th in the nation and 6th in the State of Texas among all cities of a population between 15,000-49,999. (read about the award's criteria)

TPD would like to thank our many party hosts, volunteers and party attendees for making NNO 2008 such a great success!

TPD Deploys Tasers

After careful consideration and more than a few years of study, the Taylor Police Department has deployed TASERS to its patrol officers.  "After observing TASERS in use by our local constable's office and seeing the deterrent effect the mere presence of a TASER has had on potentially violent subjects, we have elected to deploy them to our personnel," said TPD Chief Jeff Straub. "It is our hope that TASERS will help ensure the safety of our personnel, the safety of the public and prevent us from having to injure a violent suspect."

The training of TPD personnel was provided by Williamson County Constable Precinct 4's office.  Our thanks goes out to Constable Marty Ruble and his excellent staff for their assistance!

New Police Officers Sworn In

New Officers Sworn In
Pictured above are officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown being sworn in by police chief Jeff Straub at the Texas State Peace Officers' Memorial at the Capitol in Austin.

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 four Taylor Police Department recruits graduated from the Capital Area Council of Government Police Academy and were sworn in as the City's newest police officers.

The officers received intensive training in criminal law, traffic law, patrol procedures, emergency driving, use of force and many other pertinent topics.

After successfully completing the academt, the officers then successfully passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education licensing examination for peace officers.

The new officers are:

Byron Totty, Tommy Dewayne Harms, Maris Heyward and Coty Brown.

The new officers must next successfully complete an intensive field training program of approximately 16 weeks in length and must also complete an 18 month probationary period.

"We are extremely proud of the great success of our newest officers in the police academy," said Taylor police chief Jeff Straub. "Most of all, I am very impressed with their personal qualities. They seem to be individuals of the highest character who are very excited about serving the citizens of Taylor."


New Badges, Tradition Retained
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.

New Badge Designs

TPD Awarded Additional Grant Funds
TPD was recently notified that they have been awarded additional Homeland Security Grant funds in the amount of $22,843.50.  These funds (which require no match on the part of the City) will be utilized to purchase additional DP-2 in-car digital video units.

TPD Makes Significant Progress on City's Strategic Plan
The Taylor Police Department recently reviewed their part of the City's overall strategic plan and is pleased to report we have made significant progress! Check out the brief report here!


New In-car Digital Video Units and Server Installed!
The Taylor Police Department's new, in-car digital video system has been installed!  Training in the new system is on-going at this time.

Digital video is far more efficient for storage and retrieval of individual incidents and records a continual loop of a preset time.  Once activated, the recorder retains this information, permiting us to view the pre-incident recording.

This system was funded 100% with Homeland Security grant funds at no cost to Taylor citizens.

New Digital Radios Have Arrived!
After having assisted in the unloading of an 18-wheeler, we are pleased to announce that the new digital radios and equipment have arrived.

We await the radios' programming (which is being provided to us at no cost) by Williamson County communications personnel.

We anticipate that all radios will be deployed and the new system in place by June 26, 2008.


Council Approves Purchase of Digital Radio Equipment Enabling Public Safety to Participate in Williamson County's Regional Radio System
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council voted unanimously to allow public safety to purchase the components necessary to upgrade our dispatch center and radios. This purchase will enable full regional interoperability (via Williamson County's Regional radio system).  The new radio components will greatly enhance area radio transmission and reception and will enable Taylor units and dispatch to communicate with all other cities in Williamson County and subsequently Travis, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

The current Taylor VHF radio systems used by police and fire will no longer be protected by the FCC as of 2011 and the system is already experiencing reduced capability (which has been attributed to bordering frequency encroachment). The new digital radio system has been tested by TPD both in town and throughout the county and has produced far superior results.

While cities of similar size have expended between $1.2 - 2 mil. for similar radio system capability, Taylor will expend approximately $366,000 to outfit all emergency service units, obtain portable radio units and outfit our dispatch center.

Costs have been kept down by the PD purchasing a serviceable but lesser model portable radio for its officers and by implementing a VOIP network for radio control in our dispatch center.

"This (the purchase of the new radio equipment) is a great step forward for Taylor public safety," said police chief Jeff Straub. "City management and our Council have been foresighted enough to recognize the vital need for a robust communications system that will serve us well into the future.  They also have seen that the ability to communicate with any other agency around us will better serve the citizens of the City of Taylor and surrounding communities," said Straub.

Chief Straub also mentioned his gratitude to Williamson County Communications personnel (particularly Patrick Cobb) in their providing engineering and technical support. 

In addition to radio coverage throughout our region and the benefit of interoperability, the City of Taylor will increase its number of talk groups from the current 3, to a potential of 30 to include an encrypted channel for tactical responses.

Mobile and portable units could be installed within the next 30-60 days with a temporary radio concolette placed in dispatch until the new VOIP network is in place.

TPD Granted Permission to Over-hire
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council granted the police department permission to over-hire one police officer position.  Currently, the department has four officer vacancies (which are currently being filled, with recruits tentatively scheduled to begin the police academy on 04-28-08).  A fifth police officer vacancy will occur as we promote to fill a vacant sergeant's slot.  Testing for the sergeant's position is April 30th.

The ability to over-hire the one position will enable the PD to hire in time for the 04-28-08 academy start date.

New City ID Cards Forthcoming
In working with the City's Finance Department to zero out some old fund balances, the police department has elected to use some court awarded seized funds to purchase a new, state of the art ID card system.  This system will meet and exceed all of the new State mandated ID card requirements for police officers (hologram, fingerprints, etc.) and will also be utilized to create color coded ID cards for all city employees.

The new ID card system will print on media that is similar in size and density of a common credit card.

Digital Video Units and Server Arrive!

All of the components from our new Homeland Security Grant funded digital in-car video system have arrived!  Install is tentatively scheduled for the last week of April or the first week of May.

This system will not only permit us to do away with the cumbersome VHS system, but will allow us to instantly retrieve (and copy for prosecutors, etc.) individual stops and contacts.  The new system, besides having the enhanced video quality of a DVD and multiple cameras will allow us to better scrutinize each and every stop, will be a powerful training tool and will cut down on the massive amount of time we spend copying VHS recordings.  (VHS can only be copied realtime to a DVD, so, if you have 2 cars with 2 hours of video of an event, that's 4 hours' copying time!) 


From 3 to 85 - TPD Applicant Pool Grows!
In a day and age where almost all police agencies are experiencing serious difficulties in recruiting qualified police applicants, the Taylor Police Department recently experienced some astounding success.  The Department's received 85 applications for their 02-29-08 test, a tremendous increase from the 3 that signed up to take their past two tests.

With Taylor City Council's approval, the Taylor Police Department has been enabled to recruit qualified applicants that do not yet possess a peace officer's license as police cadets.  Once an applicant successfully passes the police officers' entrance examination and physical skills test, they are placed on a civil service list to be considered for vacancies regardless of whether they are yet licensed a peace officers.  Those who successfully pass a rigorous background examination, oral interview board and other screening mechanisms will then be given conditional offers of employment.  They must then also pass an intensive physical and psychological examination to proceed in the process.

Those that are not yet licensed will be sent to a regional police academy where they will obtain licensure.  Police recruits will then undergo an intensive 16 week field training program prior to being released to work on their own as probationary police officers.

"Opening our agency to all qualified individuals (as opposed to only those that already have a peace officer's license) is a great step for our department," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "Most people who would like to become police officers have family responsibilities and  cannot afford to quit their jobs to attend a police academy on their own. Paying a competitive wage for recruits and guiding them through the licensing process will help us develop officers with a loyalty to our City," said Straub.  "We want people committed to personal growth, being team members and the welfare of our community.  This is a great start to reach our goals."

Straub also lauded his recruiting staff, pointing out that they followed up personally and almost instantly with potential recruits.

New Technology Implemented, More to Come
Thanks to Homeland Security grant funds and a forward-looking staff, the Taylor Police Department has recently deployed an encrypted Broadband network to their police units.  According to Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub, "The intent of this network deployment is to attain our longstanding goal: to provide officers in the field the same capabilities they would have at the station.  Officers now have access to all calls for service data, report writing, records management data, warrants databases and mugshots, all from their cars."

TPD Receive "Contract Trainer" Status from TCLEOSE

After having undergone an extensive applications process, the Taylor Police Department was awarded "Contract Trainer" status by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) on Friday September 7th, 2007. This status allows TPD to provide State recognized training to all Texas peace officers.


Taylor Police Receive $4,000 Award from TxDOT
The Taylor Police Department has been awarded $4,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the purchase of traffic enforcement and/or safety equipment. The department became eligible for the randomly distributed award by participating in TxDOT's  "Click-it or Ticket" program.

Purchase with the awarded funds were a high definition video camera and docking station for DVD transfer of video and a laptop computer and projector for training and educational presentations.

"We're excited to have been awarded these funds," said police chief Jeff Straub. "This award has permitted us to purchase more items we have needed without placing any additional burden on tax payers."

Taylor Police Receive $172,316 Homeland Security Grant

The Taylor Police Department has been notified that they have been awarded $172,316 in funds (with no match required) for the purchase of specific equipment.  These grant funds will allow for the improvement of the department's mobile data system to deploy the department's records management system to the field, deployment of new laptop computers, the installation and deployment of a digital in-car video system with server, the purchase of 27 bullet proof vests and more.

"This grant will allow us to take one more step in our attempt to continue to be a progressive police agency, and all at no additional cost to the taxpayer," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "The fact that no matching funds are required is excellent."
 
Police Communications Now Reverse 911 Capable
Taylor Police Communications now has the ability to notify residents of public safety emergencies via a reverse 911 system.  When activated, the system will phone residents and advise them of situations such as tornado warnings, hazardous materials spills, etc. and can be activated in specific neighborhoods if needed.

Utilizing Homeland Security Grant funds and nominal contributions from participating cities, CAPCOG (The Capitol Area Council of Governments) has purchased and deployed this reverse 911 system.

"We see this as a major addition to our capabilities enabling us to more effectively notify residents in a time of emergency," said Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.  "Warning sirens are almost cost prohibitive and the ability to hear these sirens inside of a well constructed structure is questionable.  Another issue is that a siren cannot provide instructions on what is occurring and how folks should respond.  We feel that reverse 911 is a major communications enhancement."

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Taylor Police Deploy Speed Measurement Laser
With the changing complexion of the City of Taylor has come a substantial increase in vehicular traffic and with this traffic, the need for more effective speed control measures.  As traffic has increased, it has become more difficult to use car mounted moving radar effectively.  Sometimes it is just not safe nor practical to risk turning around in traffic to pursue speed law violators.  Another issue in our city is that many of our streets--particularly in residential areas-- are not wide enough to accommodate the effective use of moving radar.

To address these issues, the Taylor Police Department has purchased and deployed a new speed measuring laser device.  Laser will enable us to effectively measure speed of individual vehicles in dense traffic, measure speed in areas where it is not practical to run moving radar or place a police unit (such as school zones, many residential areas, etc.). 

The laser unit was purchased with funds seized from drug dealers and awarded to TPD by the courts and at no expense to the tax payer.

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Technology Article Highlighting Taylor PD Appears in Texas Town and City (The Official magazine of the Texas Municipal League!

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The May issue of Texas Town and City features an article highlighting Taylor PD's technology implementation!  

We're excited to share what we've learned with others and send a special thanks to TML for recognizing out efforts!

TTC is a TML publication that is available only by subscription. 

READ THE ARTICLE

 

 
 14,706.00

Speed sign, covert audio and video

 

2002

COPS MORE

 $111,713.00

mobile data server, PCs, wireless

 

2002

DPS

 

Henry Fluck Appointed Chief of Police

02-15-13

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."


Dan Ramsey Appointed Interim Chief of Police

City Manager Jim Dunaway has appointed Dan Ramsey interim chief of police.  This appointment was confirmed by the Taylor City Council at their September 8th council meeting. Ramsey assumes command of the department after former police chief Jeff Straub was named assistant city manager and chief operations officer of the city 18 months ago.

Ramsey has been a police officer since 1982 and has served at the Temple Police Department, Bell County Sheriff's Office, McGregor Police Department and has been at Taylor PD since 1999. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College.

2009 Taylor Violent Crime Rate Lowest in County

In older cities in Texas, change is often lamented as residents look back at "the good old days," of bustling downtowns, family run businesses and when the world seemed to be a kinder, gentler place.  But, all change is not bad.

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!"


    violent property total index
City pop per 100k per 100k per 100k
Georgetown      52,555.00 98.94 1529.83 1628.77
Hutto      17,482.00 165.88 783.66 949.55
Round Rock    110,531.00 115.80 2507.89 2623.70
Taylor      16,394.00 61.00 2494.82 2555.81
Cedar Park      68,464.00 102.24 1434.33 1536.57
Leander      28,646.00 90.76 984.43 1075.19
   
Belton      18,130.00 193.05 4004.41 4197.46
H Heights      26,468.00 211.58 2912.95 3124.53
Temple      60,243.00 288.83 3587.14 3875.97
San Marcos      55,187.00 329.79 3084.06 3413.85
Brenham      15,415.00 674.67 4009.08 4683.75
source 2009 Crime in Texas Report    

Congratulations Assistant Chief Ramsey!
With the appointment of Police Chief Jeff Straub as Assistant City Manager, the Taylor City Council created the rank of Assistant Chief of Police in the police department.  After careful consideration, Chief Straub has selected Sergeant Daniel Ramsey for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.

Ramsey began his law enforcement career at the Temple Police Department in 1982.  He served the McGregor Police Department as a shift supervisor and came to Taylor as a police officer in 1999.  Ramsey was subsequently promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant through his years of service at TPD.

Sergeant Ramsey is a 2010 graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ashworth College.  He has received over 3,400 hours of law enforcement training, holds Master Peace Officer, Instructor and Firearms Instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.  He is also a certified collision reconstructionist and a certified emergency driving instructor.

“I have known Dan for 28 years and watched him grow as a person, police officer, supervisor and administrator,” said Police Chief Jeff Straub.  “Dan has demonstrated that he has personal integrity and has displayed the initiative to complete advanced law enforcement training on his own.  I am excited that Dan will assist me in carrying out goals for even more improvement of an excellent police department.”   

More Grants and Awards!
A very important part of what we do at the Taylor Police Department is to reach out to and interact with our citizens with various community programs.  Last fiscal year (Oct. - Sept.), we conducted 24 community events, serving 6,574 attendees!

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."

Taylor Again Recognized for National Night Out
The Taylor Police Department is pleased to announce that we have been notified by the National Association of Town Watch that we have once again won an award for our community's National  Night Out programs!

Taylor placed 36th nationwide, 4th in the state of Texas and 2nd in central Texas among cities with a population of 15,000 to 49,999.

"This is just another demonstration of how great our community is," said police chief Jeff Straub. "We are excited to be recognized for the great NNO participation and also look to ranking even more highly in the future."
 

Click here to see award winners.

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.


The department was obtained $483,786 in grants and purchased many items with seized funds during this time period.

Grants received are as follows:

year

grant

amount

purchased

1999

Crimesoft beta

 $  10,000.00

Records management, CAD, 

Digital mugshots, etc

1999

LLEBG

 $  25,641.00

AFIX NT Server

 

 

2000

LLEBG

 $  18,714.00

Uniform side-arms

 

 

2001

LLEBG

 $  14,706.00

Speed sign, covert audio and video

 

2002

COPS MORE

 $111,713.00

mobile data server, PCs, wireless

 

2002

DPS

 $  42,000.00

VHS in-car video x 12

 

 

2005

Homeland Security

 $  58,000.00

interoperability device and radios

 

2007

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

laptop, projector and hi-def camera

 

2008

Homeland Security

 $194,437.00

Digital video system, new PCs, 

new IP based network for cars, vests

2009

JAG

 $  10,575.00

Pawn Shop database, gun safes,

stop sticks, car organizers, 3 CPUs

2009

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

Safety City

 

 

 

 


Total $493,786


National Night Out 2009 Coloring Contest Winners!

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Wednesday evening, July 29th was a very special night for area children that participated in the 1st Annual National Night Out Coloring Contest! Participants in three age groups (3-5, 6-8, and 9-11 years old) submitted their National Night Out art to a panel of judges that selected winners in each category. All who attended the awards presentation were treated to cookies and juice and got to spend some time with Mayor Pro Tem Ella Jez, area police officers, fire fighters and Sparky and McGruff! All children that attended were awarded a bag of National Night Out goodies, as well.


Prizes were awarded to 1st through 4th place winners in the contest.  3rd and 4th place winners received a backpack and pizza coupons courtesy of Pizza Hut .  2nd place winners received a  pizza coupon and a $20 gift card from Walmart.  1st place winners received new bicycles courtesy of Walmart!


Picture below are our winners!

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Xavier Gonzales - (red bike) 9 years old - 1st place in the 9-11 age group
Nathaniel Flores - (white shirt) 6 years old - 1st place in the 6-8 age group
Zachary Ingles - 5 years old - 1st place in the 3-5 age group.

Taylor residents will be hosting 18 parties on National Night Out, Tuesday August 4th!  We hope to see you there!


TPD Launches Being Safe is Cool Program

On Friday July 24th, 2009 with the support of local sponsors Sonic and Whataburger, the Taylor Police Department will launch their “Being Safe is Cool!” program.  Officers, armed with coupons from our local sponsors will hand out the coupons to children they see doing something safely, e.g. wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, holding their parent’s hand while crossing the street, wearing a seatbelt, etc.  The coupons can then be redeemed for a free ice cream cone from Sonic or a free Justaburger from Whataburger.


The program will run through August 24th, 2009.


The goal of this program is to reward the children for positive behaviors and provide officers with a vehicle for positive interaction with our great youth and their families.

Other area agencies (such as Pflugerville PD) have implemented similar programs.


For more information, contact Beth Wilkes at the Taylor Police Department:


(512) 352-5552 or 365-2509 (metro) or emai Beth Wikes.



Wal-mart Recognized for Christmas with a Cop Support
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On February 23rd, 2009 the Taylor Police Department recognized our local Wal-mart Supercenter and The Wal-mart Foundation for their support of  the Department's Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) program. Store Manager Dennis Brown and his staff were recognized by TPD employees with the presentation of a plaque by Police Chief Jeff Straub for the store's outstanding support of our community.


The Wal-mart Foundation provided a $2,500 grant which made CWAC possible. CWAC is a program where specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers whom took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more.


Officers Complete Field Training
The Taylor Police is proud to announce that all officers recruited in last year's new recruitment effort have successfully completed field training.  After having attended the CAPGOG Regional Police Academy and passing all required examinations and the State licensing exam, the new officers were required to successfully complete about 16 weeks' training under the watchful eyes of field training officers. Officers are only released from field training after they are able to successfully demonstrate that they can perform all job functions and tasks.

Officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown are now able to staff one-officer patrol units.

The new officers must now successfully complete the remainder of their 18 month probationary period before they can receive the status of full civil service police officers with the City of Taylor.

2008 Call and Crime Data
In 2008 Taylor Police responded to more calls for service than ever (a 15% increase), but reported less crime overall (a 20% decrease in offense reports from 2007) in any year since 2004. "While our population continues to grow, we have seen a greater demand for police services, but the types of services we are having to provide is changing," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "It is my opinion that this change reflects an improvement in the overall quality of life of our residents and visitors."

View 2008 call and crime data

Christmas with a Cop a Huge Success!
If the huge smiles on the faces of the participants was any indication, the Taylor Police Department's first annual Christmas With a Cop (CWAC) was a huge success!

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Specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers who took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more!

This program was made possible by a grant from The Wal-mart Foundation. Transportation was provided by the Taylor Independent School District.

Volunteer Police Chaplain Program Cited in New Book 

The Taylor Police Department's Volunteer Police Chaplain program and its successes have been cited in a new book written by former program coordinator (retired) Rev. Steve Best, M.Div. The book, "Stories of the Street: Images of the Human Condition" was recently published by Strategic Book Publishing of New York, NY.

The book contains accounts of situations Best encountered as he served as a volunteer police chaplain for Austin PD, DPS and the Taylor Police Department and includes an introduction written in part by Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.

The Taylor Police Department congratulates Rev. Best on being published and even more so, is grateful for his service to the law enforcement community in general and the Taylor Police Department specifically.

Wal-mart Foundation Grant Sponsors Christmas with a Cop

Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Wal-mart Foundation, the Taylor Police Department will host its first annual Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) Program!

CWAC is a program designed to enable police officers and a specially selected young persons in need to spend one on one time together, shopping for Christmas presents.  Each child will be allotted an amount of funds for shopping and additionally their family will receive a Holiday meal from the program. After shopping together, the children and officers will return to a select meeting place where they will eat lunch together and wrap presents.

"While programs that deliver presents to children and their families are great," said Police Chief Jeff Straub,  "we think it will be very special for a child to spend that one on one time shopping with a police officer, wrapping presents and eating lunch together. It is our hope that this special time will build relationships."


CWAC intends to serve 20 children and their families this year.

Taylor Police Named As National Night Out Award Winners

The Taylor Police Department recently received national recognition from the National Association of Town Watch for the department's National Night Out festivities in 2008!  Our program ranked 49th in the nation and 6th in the State of Texas among all cities of a population between 15,000-49,999. (read about the award's criteria)

TPD would like to thank our many party hosts, volunteers and party attendees for making NNO 2008 such a great success!

TPD Deploys Tasers

After careful consideration and more than a few years of study, the Taylor Police Department has deployed TASERS to its patrol officers.  "After observing TASERS in use by our local constable's office and seeing the deterrent effect the mere presence of a TASER has had on potentially violent subjects, we have elected to deploy them to our personnel," said TPD Chief Jeff Straub. "It is our hope that TASERS will help ensure the safety of our personnel, the safety of the public and prevent us from having to injure a violent suspect."

The training of TPD personnel was provided by Williamson County Constable Precinct 4's office.  Our thanks goes out to Constable Marty Ruble and his excellent staff for their assistance!

New Police Officers Sworn In

New Officers Sworn In
Pictured above are officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown being sworn in by police chief Jeff Straub at the Texas State Peace Officers' Memorial at the Capitol in Austin.

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 four Taylor Police Department recruits graduated from the Capital Area Council of Government Police Academy and were sworn in as the City's newest police officers.

The officers received intensive training in criminal law, traffic law, patrol procedures, emergency driving, use of force and many other pertinent topics.

After successfully completing the academt, the officers then successfully passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education licensing examination for peace officers.

The new officers are:

Byron Totty, Tommy Dewayne Harms, Maris Heyward and Coty Brown.

The new officers must next successfully complete an intensive field training program of approximately 16 weeks in length and must also complete an 18 month probationary period.

"We are extremely proud of the great success of our newest officers in the police academy," said Taylor police chief Jeff Straub. "Most of all, I am very impressed with their personal qualities. They seem to be individuals of the highest character who are very excited about serving the citizens of Taylor."


New Badges, Tradition Retained
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.

New Badge Designs

TPD Awarded Additional Grant Funds
TPD was recently notified that they have been awarded additional Homeland Security Grant funds in the amount of $22,843.50.  These funds (which require no match on the part of the City) will be utilized to purchase additional DP-2 in-car digital video units.

TPD Makes Significant Progress on City's Strategic Plan
The Taylor Police Department recently reviewed their part of the City's overall strategic plan and is pleased to report we have made significant progress! Check out the brief report here!


New In-car Digital Video Units and Server Installed!
The Taylor Police Department's new, in-car digital video system has been installed!  Training in the new system is on-going at this time.

Digital video is far more efficient for storage and retrieval of individual incidents and records a continual loop of a preset time.  Once activated, the recorder retains this information, permiting us to view the pre-incident recording.

This system was funded 100% with Homeland Security grant funds at no cost to Taylor citizens.

New Digital Radios Have Arrived!
After having assisted in the unloading of an 18-wheeler, we are pleased to announce that the new digital radios and equipment have arrived.

We await the radios' programming (which is being provided to us at no cost) by Williamson County communications personnel.

We anticipate that all radios will be deployed and the new system in place by June 26, 2008.


Council Approves Purchase of Digital Radio Equipment Enabling Public Safety to Participate in Williamson County's Regional Radio System
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council voted unanimously to allow public safety to purchase the components necessary to upgrade our dispatch center and radios. This purchase will enable full regional interoperability (via Williamson County's Regional radio system).  The new radio components will greatly enhance area radio transmission and reception and will enable Taylor units and dispatch to communicate with all other cities in Williamson County and subsequently Travis, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

The current Taylor VHF radio systems used by police and fire will no longer be protected by the FCC as of 2011 and the system is already experiencing reduced capability (which has been attributed to bordering frequency encroachment). The new digital radio system has been tested by TPD both in town and throughout the county and has produced far superior results.

While cities of similar size have expended between $1.2 - 2 mil. for similar radio system capability, Taylor will expend approximately $366,000 to outfit all emergency service units, obtain portable radio units and outfit our dispatch center.

Costs have been kept down by the PD purchasing a serviceable but lesser model portable radio for its officers and by implementing a VOIP network for radio control in our dispatch center.

"This (the purchase of the new radio equipment) is a great step forward for Taylor public safety," said police chief Jeff Straub. "City management and our Council have been foresighted enough to recognize the vital need for a robust communications system that will serve us well into the future.  They also have seen that the ability to communicate with any other agency around us will better serve the citizens of the City of Taylor and surrounding communities," said Straub.

Chief Straub also mentioned his gratitude to Williamson County Communications personnel (particularly Patrick Cobb) in their providing engineering and technical support. 

In addition to radio coverage throughout our region and the benefit of interoperability, the City of Taylor will increase its number of talk groups from the current 3, to a potential of 30 to include an encrypted channel for tactical responses.

Mobile and portable units could be installed within the next 30-60 days with a temporary radio concolette placed in dispatch until the new VOIP network is in place.

TPD Granted Permission to Over-hire
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council granted the police department permission to over-hire one police officer position.  Currently, the department has four officer vacancies (which are currently being filled, with recruits tentatively scheduled to begin the police academy on 04-28-08).  A fifth police officer vacancy will occur as we promote to fill a vacant sergeant's slot.  Testing for the sergeant's position is April 30th.

The ability to over-hire the one position will enable the PD to hire in time for the 04-28-08 academy start date.

New City ID Cards Forthcoming
In working with the City's Finance Department to zero out some old fund balances, the police department has elected to use some court awarded seized funds to purchase a new, state of the art ID card system.  This system will meet and exceed all of the new State mandated ID card requirements for police officers (hologram, fingerprints, etc.) and will also be utilized to create color coded ID cards for all city employees.

The new ID card system will print on media that is similar in size and density of a common credit card.

Digital Video Units and Server Arrive!

All of the components from our new Homeland Security Grant funded digital in-car video system have arrived!  Install is tentatively scheduled for the last week of April or the first week of May.

This system will not only permit us to do away with the cumbersome VHS system, but will allow us to instantly retrieve (and copy for prosecutors, etc.) individual stops and contacts.  The new system, besides having the enhanced video quality of a DVD and multiple cameras will allow us to better scrutinize each and every stop, will be a powerful training tool and will cut down on the massive amount of time we spend copying VHS recordings.  (VHS can only be copied realtime to a DVD, so, if you have 2 cars with 2 hours of video of an event, that's 4 hours' copying time!) 


From 3 to 85 - TPD Applicant Pool Grows!
In a day and age where almost all police agencies are experiencing serious difficulties in recruiting qualified police applicants, the Taylor Police Department recently experienced some astounding success.  The Department's received 85 applications for their 02-29-08 test, a tremendous increase from the 3 that signed up to take their past two tests.

With Taylor City Council's approval, the Taylor Police Department has been enabled to recruit qualified applicants that do not yet possess a peace officer's license as police cadets.  Once an applicant successfully passes the police officers' entrance examination and physical skills test, they are placed on a civil service list to be considered for vacancies regardless of whether they are yet licensed a peace officers.  Those who successfully pass a rigorous background examination, oral interview board and other screening mechanisms will then be given conditional offers of employment.  They must then also pass an intensive physical and psychological examination to proceed in the process.

Those that are not yet licensed will be sent to a regional police academy where they will obtain licensure.  Police recruits will then undergo an intensive 16 week field training program prior to being released to work on their own as probationary police officers.

"Opening our agency to all qualified individuals (as opposed to only those that already have a peace officer's license) is a great step for our department," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "Most people who would like to become police officers have family responsibilities and  cannot afford to quit their jobs to attend a police academy on their own. Paying a competitive wage for recruits and guiding them through the licensing process will help us develop officers with a loyalty to our City," said Straub.  "We want people committed to personal growth, being team members and the welfare of our community.  This is a great start to reach our goals."

Straub also lauded his recruiting staff, pointing out that they followed up personally and almost instantly with potential recruits.

New Technology Implemented, More to Come
Thanks to Homeland Security grant funds and a forward-looking staff, the Taylor Police Department has recently deployed an encrypted Broadband network to their police units.  According to Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub, "The intent of this network deployment is to attain our longstanding goal: to provide officers in the field the same capabilities they would have at the station.  Officers now have access to all calls for service data, report writing, records management data, warrants databases and mugshots, all from their cars."

TPD Receive "Contract Trainer" Status from TCLEOSE

After having undergone an extensive applications process, the Taylor Police Department was awarded "Contract Trainer" status by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) on Friday September 7th, 2007. This status allows TPD to provide State recognized training to all Texas peace officers.


Taylor Police Receive $4,000 Award from TxDOT
The Taylor Police Department has been awarded $4,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the purchase of traffic enforcement and/or safety equipment. The department became eligible for the randomly distributed award by participating in TxDOT's  "Click-it or Ticket" program.

Purchase with the awarded funds were a high definition video camera and docking station for DVD transfer of video and a laptop computer and projector for training and educational presentations.

"We're excited to have been awarded these funds," said police chief Jeff Straub. "This award has permitted us to purchase more items we have needed without placing any additional burden on tax payers."

Taylor Police Receive $172,316 Homeland Security Grant

The Taylor Police Department has been notified that they have been awarded $172,316 in funds (with no match required) for the purchase of specific equipment.  These grant funds will allow for the improvement of the department's mobile data system to deploy the department's records management system to the field, deployment of new laptop computers, the installation and deployment of a digital in-car video system with server, the purchase of 27 bullet proof vests and more.

"This grant will allow us to take one more step in our attempt to continue to be a progressive police agency, and all at no additional cost to the taxpayer," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "The fact that no matching funds are required is excellent."
 
Police Communications Now Reverse 911 Capable
Taylor Police Communications now has the ability to notify residents of public safety emergencies via a reverse 911 system.  When activated, the system will phone residents and advise them of situations such as tornado warnings, hazardous materials spills, etc. and can be activated in specific neighborhoods if needed.

Utilizing Homeland Security Grant funds and nominal contributions from participating cities, CAPCOG (The Capitol Area Council of Governments) has purchased and deployed this reverse 911 system.

"We see this as a major addition to our capabilities enabling us to more effectively notify residents in a time of emergency," said Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.  "Warning sirens are almost cost prohibitive and the ability to hear these sirens inside of a well constructed structure is questionable.  Another issue is that a siren cannot provide instructions on what is occurring and how folks should respond.  We feel that reverse 911 is a major communications enhancement."

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Taylor Police Deploy Speed Measurement Laser
With the changing complexion of the City of Taylor has come a substantial increase in vehicular traffic and with this traffic, the need for more effective speed control measures.  As traffic has increased, it has become more difficult to use car mounted moving radar effectively.  Sometimes it is just not safe nor practical to risk turning around in traffic to pursue speed law violators.  Another issue in our city is that many of our streets--particularly in residential areas-- are not wide enough to accommodate the effective use of moving radar.

To address these issues, the Taylor Police Department has purchased and deployed a new speed measuring laser device.  Laser will enable us to effectively measure speed of individual vehicles in dense traffic, measure speed in areas where it is not practical to run moving radar or place a police unit (such as school zones, many residential areas, etc.). 

The laser unit was purchased with funds seized from drug dealers and awarded to TPD by the courts and at no expense to the tax payer.

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Technology Article Highlighting Taylor PD Appears in Texas Town and City (The Official magazine of the Texas Municipal League!

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The May issue of Texas Town and City features an article highlighting Taylor PD's technology implementation!  

We're excited to share what we've learned with others and send a special thanks to TML for recognizing out efforts!

TTC is a TML publication that is available only by subscription. 

READ THE ARTICLE

 

 
 42,000.00

VHS in-car video x 12

 

 

2005

Homeland Security

 

Henry Fluck Appointed Chief of Police

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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."


Dan Ramsey Appointed Interim Chief of Police

City Manager Jim Dunaway has appointed Dan Ramsey interim chief of police.  This appointment was confirmed by the Taylor City Council at their September 8th council meeting. Ramsey assumes command of the department after former police chief Jeff Straub was named assistant city manager and chief operations officer of the city 18 months ago.

Ramsey has been a police officer since 1982 and has served at the Temple Police Department, Bell County Sheriff's Office, McGregor Police Department and has been at Taylor PD since 1999. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College.

2009 Taylor Violent Crime Rate Lowest in County

In older cities in Texas, change is often lamented as residents look back at "the good old days," of bustling downtowns, family run businesses and when the world seemed to be a kinder, gentler place.  But, all change is not bad.

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!"


    violent property total index
City pop per 100k per 100k per 100k
Georgetown      52,555.00 98.94 1529.83 1628.77
Hutto      17,482.00 165.88 783.66 949.55
Round Rock    110,531.00 115.80 2507.89 2623.70
Taylor      16,394.00 61.00 2494.82 2555.81
Cedar Park      68,464.00 102.24 1434.33 1536.57
Leander      28,646.00 90.76 984.43 1075.19
   
Belton      18,130.00 193.05 4004.41 4197.46
H Heights      26,468.00 211.58 2912.95 3124.53
Temple      60,243.00 288.83 3587.14 3875.97
San Marcos      55,187.00 329.79 3084.06 3413.85
Brenham      15,415.00 674.67 4009.08 4683.75
source 2009 Crime in Texas Report    

Congratulations Assistant Chief Ramsey!
With the appointment of Police Chief Jeff Straub as Assistant City Manager, the Taylor City Council created the rank of Assistant Chief of Police in the police department.  After careful consideration, Chief Straub has selected Sergeant Daniel Ramsey for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.

Ramsey began his law enforcement career at the Temple Police Department in 1982.  He served the McGregor Police Department as a shift supervisor and came to Taylor as a police officer in 1999.  Ramsey was subsequently promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant through his years of service at TPD.

Sergeant Ramsey is a 2010 graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ashworth College.  He has received over 3,400 hours of law enforcement training, holds Master Peace Officer, Instructor and Firearms Instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.  He is also a certified collision reconstructionist and a certified emergency driving instructor.

“I have known Dan for 28 years and watched him grow as a person, police officer, supervisor and administrator,” said Police Chief Jeff Straub.  “Dan has demonstrated that he has personal integrity and has displayed the initiative to complete advanced law enforcement training on his own.  I am excited that Dan will assist me in carrying out goals for even more improvement of an excellent police department.”   

More Grants and Awards!
A very important part of what we do at the Taylor Police Department is to reach out to and interact with our citizens with various community programs.  Last fiscal year (Oct. - Sept.), we conducted 24 community events, serving 6,574 attendees!

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."

Taylor Again Recognized for National Night Out
The Taylor Police Department is pleased to announce that we have been notified by the National Association of Town Watch that we have once again won an award for our community's National  Night Out programs!

Taylor placed 36th nationwide, 4th in the state of Texas and 2nd in central Texas among cities with a population of 15,000 to 49,999.

"This is just another demonstration of how great our community is," said police chief Jeff Straub. "We are excited to be recognized for the great NNO participation and also look to ranking even more highly in the future."
 

Click here to see award winners.

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.


The department was obtained $483,786 in grants and purchased many items with seized funds during this time period.

Grants received are as follows:

year

grant

amount

purchased

1999

Crimesoft beta

 $  10,000.00

Records management, CAD, 

Digital mugshots, etc

1999

LLEBG

 $  25,641.00

AFIX NT Server

 

 

2000

LLEBG

 $  18,714.00

Uniform side-arms

 

 

2001

LLEBG

 $  14,706.00

Speed sign, covert audio and video

 

2002

COPS MORE

 $111,713.00

mobile data server, PCs, wireless

 

2002

DPS

 $  42,000.00

VHS in-car video x 12

 

 

2005

Homeland Security

 $  58,000.00

interoperability device and radios

 

2007

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

laptop, projector and hi-def camera

 

2008

Homeland Security

 $194,437.00

Digital video system, new PCs, 

new IP based network for cars, vests

2009

JAG

 $  10,575.00

Pawn Shop database, gun safes,

stop sticks, car organizers, 3 CPUs

2009

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

Safety City

 

 

 

 


Total $493,786


National Night Out 2009 Coloring Contest Winners!

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Wednesday evening, July 29th was a very special night for area children that participated in the 1st Annual National Night Out Coloring Contest! Participants in three age groups (3-5, 6-8, and 9-11 years old) submitted their National Night Out art to a panel of judges that selected winners in each category. All who attended the awards presentation were treated to cookies and juice and got to spend some time with Mayor Pro Tem Ella Jez, area police officers, fire fighters and Sparky and McGruff! All children that attended were awarded a bag of National Night Out goodies, as well.


Prizes were awarded to 1st through 4th place winners in the contest.  3rd and 4th place winners received a backpack and pizza coupons courtesy of Pizza Hut .  2nd place winners received a  pizza coupon and a $20 gift card from Walmart.  1st place winners received new bicycles courtesy of Walmart!


Picture below are our winners!

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Xavier Gonzales - (red bike) 9 years old - 1st place in the 9-11 age group
Nathaniel Flores - (white shirt) 6 years old - 1st place in the 6-8 age group
Zachary Ingles - 5 years old - 1st place in the 3-5 age group.

Taylor residents will be hosting 18 parties on National Night Out, Tuesday August 4th!  We hope to see you there!


TPD Launches Being Safe is Cool Program

On Friday July 24th, 2009 with the support of local sponsors Sonic and Whataburger, the Taylor Police Department will launch their “Being Safe is Cool!” program.  Officers, armed with coupons from our local sponsors will hand out the coupons to children they see doing something safely, e.g. wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, holding their parent’s hand while crossing the street, wearing a seatbelt, etc.  The coupons can then be redeemed for a free ice cream cone from Sonic or a free Justaburger from Whataburger.


The program will run through August 24th, 2009.


The goal of this program is to reward the children for positive behaviors and provide officers with a vehicle for positive interaction with our great youth and their families.

Other area agencies (such as Pflugerville PD) have implemented similar programs.


For more information, contact Beth Wilkes at the Taylor Police Department:


(512) 352-5552 or 365-2509 (metro) or emai Beth Wikes.



Wal-mart Recognized for Christmas with a Cop Support
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On February 23rd, 2009 the Taylor Police Department recognized our local Wal-mart Supercenter and The Wal-mart Foundation for their support of  the Department's Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) program. Store Manager Dennis Brown and his staff were recognized by TPD employees with the presentation of a plaque by Police Chief Jeff Straub for the store's outstanding support of our community.


The Wal-mart Foundation provided a $2,500 grant which made CWAC possible. CWAC is a program where specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers whom took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more.


Officers Complete Field Training
The Taylor Police is proud to announce that all officers recruited in last year's new recruitment effort have successfully completed field training.  After having attended the CAPGOG Regional Police Academy and passing all required examinations and the State licensing exam, the new officers were required to successfully complete about 16 weeks' training under the watchful eyes of field training officers. Officers are only released from field training after they are able to successfully demonstrate that they can perform all job functions and tasks.

Officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown are now able to staff one-officer patrol units.

The new officers must now successfully complete the remainder of their 18 month probationary period before they can receive the status of full civil service police officers with the City of Taylor.

2008 Call and Crime Data
In 2008 Taylor Police responded to more calls for service than ever (a 15% increase), but reported less crime overall (a 20% decrease in offense reports from 2007) in any year since 2004. "While our population continues to grow, we have seen a greater demand for police services, but the types of services we are having to provide is changing," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "It is my opinion that this change reflects an improvement in the overall quality of life of our residents and visitors."

View 2008 call and crime data

Christmas with a Cop a Huge Success!
If the huge smiles on the faces of the participants was any indication, the Taylor Police Department's first annual Christmas With a Cop (CWAC) was a huge success!

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Specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers who took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more!

This program was made possible by a grant from The Wal-mart Foundation. Transportation was provided by the Taylor Independent School District.

Volunteer Police Chaplain Program Cited in New Book 

The Taylor Police Department's Volunteer Police Chaplain program and its successes have been cited in a new book written by former program coordinator (retired) Rev. Steve Best, M.Div. The book, "Stories of the Street: Images of the Human Condition" was recently published by Strategic Book Publishing of New York, NY.

The book contains accounts of situations Best encountered as he served as a volunteer police chaplain for Austin PD, DPS and the Taylor Police Department and includes an introduction written in part by Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.

The Taylor Police Department congratulates Rev. Best on being published and even more so, is grateful for his service to the law enforcement community in general and the Taylor Police Department specifically.

Wal-mart Foundation Grant Sponsors Christmas with a Cop

Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Wal-mart Foundation, the Taylor Police Department will host its first annual Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) Program!

CWAC is a program designed to enable police officers and a specially selected young persons in need to spend one on one time together, shopping for Christmas presents.  Each child will be allotted an amount of funds for shopping and additionally their family will receive a Holiday meal from the program. After shopping together, the children and officers will return to a select meeting place where they will eat lunch together and wrap presents.

"While programs that deliver presents to children and their families are great," said Police Chief Jeff Straub,  "we think it will be very special for a child to spend that one on one time shopping with a police officer, wrapping presents and eating lunch together. It is our hope that this special time will build relationships."


CWAC intends to serve 20 children and their families this year.

Taylor Police Named As National Night Out Award Winners

The Taylor Police Department recently received national recognition from the National Association of Town Watch for the department's National Night Out festivities in 2008!  Our program ranked 49th in the nation and 6th in the State of Texas among all cities of a population between 15,000-49,999. (read about the award's criteria)

TPD would like to thank our many party hosts, volunteers and party attendees for making NNO 2008 such a great success!

TPD Deploys Tasers

After careful consideration and more than a few years of study, the Taylor Police Department has deployed TASERS to its patrol officers.  "After observing TASERS in use by our local constable's office and seeing the deterrent effect the mere presence of a TASER has had on potentially violent subjects, we have elected to deploy them to our personnel," said TPD Chief Jeff Straub. "It is our hope that TASERS will help ensure the safety of our personnel, the safety of the public and prevent us from having to injure a violent suspect."

The training of TPD personnel was provided by Williamson County Constable Precinct 4's office.  Our thanks goes out to Constable Marty Ruble and his excellent staff for their assistance!

New Police Officers Sworn In

New Officers Sworn In
Pictured above are officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown being sworn in by police chief Jeff Straub at the Texas State Peace Officers' Memorial at the Capitol in Austin.

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 four Taylor Police Department recruits graduated from the Capital Area Council of Government Police Academy and were sworn in as the City's newest police officers.

The officers received intensive training in criminal law, traffic law, patrol procedures, emergency driving, use of force and many other pertinent topics.

After successfully completing the academt, the officers then successfully passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education licensing examination for peace officers.

The new officers are:

Byron Totty, Tommy Dewayne Harms, Maris Heyward and Coty Brown.

The new officers must next successfully complete an intensive field training program of approximately 16 weeks in length and must also complete an 18 month probationary period.

"We are extremely proud of the great success of our newest officers in the police academy," said Taylor police chief Jeff Straub. "Most of all, I am very impressed with their personal qualities. They seem to be individuals of the highest character who are very excited about serving the citizens of Taylor."


New Badges, Tradition Retained
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.

New Badge Designs

TPD Awarded Additional Grant Funds
TPD was recently notified that they have been awarded additional Homeland Security Grant funds in the amount of $22,843.50.  These funds (which require no match on the part of the City) will be utilized to purchase additional DP-2 in-car digital video units.

TPD Makes Significant Progress on City's Strategic Plan
The Taylor Police Department recently reviewed their part of the City's overall strategic plan and is pleased to report we have made significant progress! Check out the brief report here!


New In-car Digital Video Units and Server Installed!
The Taylor Police Department's new, in-car digital video system has been installed!  Training in the new system is on-going at this time.

Digital video is far more efficient for storage and retrieval of individual incidents and records a continual loop of a preset time.  Once activated, the recorder retains this information, permiting us to view the pre-incident recording.

This system was funded 100% with Homeland Security grant funds at no cost to Taylor citizens.

New Digital Radios Have Arrived!
After having assisted in the unloading of an 18-wheeler, we are pleased to announce that the new digital radios and equipment have arrived.

We await the radios' programming (which is being provided to us at no cost) by Williamson County communications personnel.

We anticipate that all radios will be deployed and the new system in place by June 26, 2008.


Council Approves Purchase of Digital Radio Equipment Enabling Public Safety to Participate in Williamson County's Regional Radio System
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council voted unanimously to allow public safety to purchase the components necessary to upgrade our dispatch center and radios. This purchase will enable full regional interoperability (via Williamson County's Regional radio system).  The new radio components will greatly enhance area radio transmission and reception and will enable Taylor units and dispatch to communicate with all other cities in Williamson County and subsequently Travis, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

The current Taylor VHF radio systems used by police and fire will no longer be protected by the FCC as of 2011 and the system is already experiencing reduced capability (which has been attributed to bordering frequency encroachment). The new digital radio system has been tested by TPD both in town and throughout the county and has produced far superior results.

While cities of similar size have expended between $1.2 - 2 mil. for similar radio system capability, Taylor will expend approximately $366,000 to outfit all emergency service units, obtain portable radio units and outfit our dispatch center.

Costs have been kept down by the PD purchasing a serviceable but lesser model portable radio for its officers and by implementing a VOIP network for radio control in our dispatch center.

"This (the purchase of the new radio equipment) is a great step forward for Taylor public safety," said police chief Jeff Straub. "City management and our Council have been foresighted enough to recognize the vital need for a robust communications system that will serve us well into the future.  They also have seen that the ability to communicate with any other agency around us will better serve the citizens of the City of Taylor and surrounding communities," said Straub.

Chief Straub also mentioned his gratitude to Williamson County Communications personnel (particularly Patrick Cobb) in their providing engineering and technical support. 

In addition to radio coverage throughout our region and the benefit of interoperability, the City of Taylor will increase its number of talk groups from the current 3, to a potential of 30 to include an encrypted channel for tactical responses.

Mobile and portable units could be installed within the next 30-60 days with a temporary radio concolette placed in dispatch until the new VOIP network is in place.

TPD Granted Permission to Over-hire
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council granted the police department permission to over-hire one police officer position.  Currently, the department has four officer vacancies (which are currently being filled, with recruits tentatively scheduled to begin the police academy on 04-28-08).  A fifth police officer vacancy will occur as we promote to fill a vacant sergeant's slot.  Testing for the sergeant's position is April 30th.

The ability to over-hire the one position will enable the PD to hire in time for the 04-28-08 academy start date.

New City ID Cards Forthcoming
In working with the City's Finance Department to zero out some old fund balances, the police department has elected to use some court awarded seized funds to purchase a new, state of the art ID card system.  This system will meet and exceed all of the new State mandated ID card requirements for police officers (hologram, fingerprints, etc.) and will also be utilized to create color coded ID cards for all city employees.

The new ID card system will print on media that is similar in size and density of a common credit card.

Digital Video Units and Server Arrive!

All of the components from our new Homeland Security Grant funded digital in-car video system have arrived!  Install is tentatively scheduled for the last week of April or the first week of May.

This system will not only permit us to do away with the cumbersome VHS system, but will allow us to instantly retrieve (and copy for prosecutors, etc.) individual stops and contacts.  The new system, besides having the enhanced video quality of a DVD and multiple cameras will allow us to better scrutinize each and every stop, will be a powerful training tool and will cut down on the massive amount of time we spend copying VHS recordings.  (VHS can only be copied realtime to a DVD, so, if you have 2 cars with 2 hours of video of an event, that's 4 hours' copying time!) 


From 3 to 85 - TPD Applicant Pool Grows!
In a day and age where almost all police agencies are experiencing serious difficulties in recruiting qualified police applicants, the Taylor Police Department recently experienced some astounding success.  The Department's received 85 applications for their 02-29-08 test, a tremendous increase from the 3 that signed up to take their past two tests.

With Taylor City Council's approval, the Taylor Police Department has been enabled to recruit qualified applicants that do not yet possess a peace officer's license as police cadets.  Once an applicant successfully passes the police officers' entrance examination and physical skills test, they are placed on a civil service list to be considered for vacancies regardless of whether they are yet licensed a peace officers.  Those who successfully pass a rigorous background examination, oral interview board and other screening mechanisms will then be given conditional offers of employment.  They must then also pass an intensive physical and psychological examination to proceed in the process.

Those that are not yet licensed will be sent to a regional police academy where they will obtain licensure.  Police recruits will then undergo an intensive 16 week field training program prior to being released to work on their own as probationary police officers.

"Opening our agency to all qualified individuals (as opposed to only those that already have a peace officer's license) is a great step for our department," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "Most people who would like to become police officers have family responsibilities and  cannot afford to quit their jobs to attend a police academy on their own. Paying a competitive wage for recruits and guiding them through the licensing process will help us develop officers with a loyalty to our City," said Straub.  "We want people committed to personal growth, being team members and the welfare of our community.  This is a great start to reach our goals."

Straub also lauded his recruiting staff, pointing out that they followed up personally and almost instantly with potential recruits.

New Technology Implemented, More to Come
Thanks to Homeland Security grant funds and a forward-looking staff, the Taylor Police Department has recently deployed an encrypted Broadband network to their police units.  According to Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub, "The intent of this network deployment is to attain our longstanding goal: to provide officers in the field the same capabilities they would have at the station.  Officers now have access to all calls for service data, report writing, records management data, warrants databases and mugshots, all from their cars."

TPD Receive "Contract Trainer" Status from TCLEOSE

After having undergone an extensive applications process, the Taylor Police Department was awarded "Contract Trainer" status by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) on Friday September 7th, 2007. This status allows TPD to provide State recognized training to all Texas peace officers.


Taylor Police Receive $4,000 Award from TxDOT
The Taylor Police Department has been awarded $4,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the purchase of traffic enforcement and/or safety equipment. The department became eligible for the randomly distributed award by participating in TxDOT's  "Click-it or Ticket" program.

Purchase with the awarded funds were a high definition video camera and docking station for DVD transfer of video and a laptop computer and projector for training and educational presentations.

"We're excited to have been awarded these funds," said police chief Jeff Straub. "This award has permitted us to purchase more items we have needed without placing any additional burden on tax payers."

Taylor Police Receive $172,316 Homeland Security Grant

The Taylor Police Department has been notified that they have been awarded $172,316 in funds (with no match required) for the purchase of specific equipment.  These grant funds will allow for the improvement of the department's mobile data system to deploy the department's records management system to the field, deployment of new laptop computers, the installation and deployment of a digital in-car video system with server, the purchase of 27 bullet proof vests and more.

"This grant will allow us to take one more step in our attempt to continue to be a progressive police agency, and all at no additional cost to the taxpayer," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "The fact that no matching funds are required is excellent."
 
Police Communications Now Reverse 911 Capable
Taylor Police Communications now has the ability to notify residents of public safety emergencies via a reverse 911 system.  When activated, the system will phone residents and advise them of situations such as tornado warnings, hazardous materials spills, etc. and can be activated in specific neighborhoods if needed.

Utilizing Homeland Security Grant funds and nominal contributions from participating cities, CAPCOG (The Capitol Area Council of Governments) has purchased and deployed this reverse 911 system.

"We see this as a major addition to our capabilities enabling us to more effectively notify residents in a time of emergency," said Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.  "Warning sirens are almost cost prohibitive and the ability to hear these sirens inside of a well constructed structure is questionable.  Another issue is that a siren cannot provide instructions on what is occurring and how folks should respond.  We feel that reverse 911 is a major communications enhancement."

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Taylor Police Deploy Speed Measurement Laser
With the changing complexion of the City of Taylor has come a substantial increase in vehicular traffic and with this traffic, the need for more effective speed control measures.  As traffic has increased, it has become more difficult to use car mounted moving radar effectively.  Sometimes it is just not safe nor practical to risk turning around in traffic to pursue speed law violators.  Another issue in our city is that many of our streets--particularly in residential areas-- are not wide enough to accommodate the effective use of moving radar.

To address these issues, the Taylor Police Department has purchased and deployed a new speed measuring laser device.  Laser will enable us to effectively measure speed of individual vehicles in dense traffic, measure speed in areas where it is not practical to run moving radar or place a police unit (such as school zones, many residential areas, etc.). 

The laser unit was purchased with funds seized from drug dealers and awarded to TPD by the courts and at no expense to the tax payer.

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Technology Article Highlighting Taylor PD Appears in Texas Town and City (The Official magazine of the Texas Municipal League!

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The May issue of Texas Town and City features an article highlighting Taylor PD's technology implementation!  

We're excited to share what we've learned with others and send a special thanks to TML for recognizing out efforts!

TTC is a TML publication that is available only by subscription. 

READ THE ARTICLE

 

 
 58,000.00

interoperability device and radios

 

2007

TxDOT

 

Henry Fluck Appointed Chief of Police

02-15-13

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."


Dan Ramsey Appointed Interim Chief of Police

City Manager Jim Dunaway has appointed Dan Ramsey interim chief of police.  This appointment was confirmed by the Taylor City Council at their September 8th council meeting. Ramsey assumes command of the department after former police chief Jeff Straub was named assistant city manager and chief operations officer of the city 18 months ago.

Ramsey has been a police officer since 1982 and has served at the Temple Police Department, Bell County Sheriff's Office, McGregor Police Department and has been at Taylor PD since 1999. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College.

2009 Taylor Violent Crime Rate Lowest in County

In older cities in Texas, change is often lamented as residents look back at "the good old days," of bustling downtowns, family run businesses and when the world seemed to be a kinder, gentler place.  But, all change is not bad.

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!"


    violent property total index
City pop per 100k per 100k per 100k
Georgetown      52,555.00 98.94 1529.83 1628.77
Hutto      17,482.00 165.88 783.66 949.55
Round Rock    110,531.00 115.80 2507.89 2623.70
Taylor      16,394.00 61.00 2494.82 2555.81
Cedar Park      68,464.00 102.24 1434.33 1536.57
Leander      28,646.00 90.76 984.43 1075.19
   
Belton      18,130.00 193.05 4004.41 4197.46
H Heights      26,468.00 211.58 2912.95 3124.53
Temple      60,243.00 288.83 3587.14 3875.97
San Marcos      55,187.00 329.79 3084.06 3413.85
Brenham      15,415.00 674.67 4009.08 4683.75
source 2009 Crime in Texas Report    

Congratulations Assistant Chief Ramsey!
With the appointment of Police Chief Jeff Straub as Assistant City Manager, the Taylor City Council created the rank of Assistant Chief of Police in the police department.  After careful consideration, Chief Straub has selected Sergeant Daniel Ramsey for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.

Ramsey began his law enforcement career at the Temple Police Department in 1982.  He served the McGregor Police Department as a shift supervisor and came to Taylor as a police officer in 1999.  Ramsey was subsequently promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant through his years of service at TPD.

Sergeant Ramsey is a 2010 graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ashworth College.  He has received over 3,400 hours of law enforcement training, holds Master Peace Officer, Instructor and Firearms Instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.  He is also a certified collision reconstructionist and a certified emergency driving instructor.

“I have known Dan for 28 years and watched him grow as a person, police officer, supervisor and administrator,” said Police Chief Jeff Straub.  “Dan has demonstrated that he has personal integrity and has displayed the initiative to complete advanced law enforcement training on his own.  I am excited that Dan will assist me in carrying out goals for even more improvement of an excellent police department.”   

More Grants and Awards!
A very important part of what we do at the Taylor Police Department is to reach out to and interact with our citizens with various community programs.  Last fiscal year (Oct. - Sept.), we conducted 24 community events, serving 6,574 attendees!

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."

Taylor Again Recognized for National Night Out
The Taylor Police Department is pleased to announce that we have been notified by the National Association of Town Watch that we have once again won an award for our community's National  Night Out programs!

Taylor placed 36th nationwide, 4th in the state of Texas and 2nd in central Texas among cities with a population of 15,000 to 49,999.

"This is just another demonstration of how great our community is," said police chief Jeff Straub. "We are excited to be recognized for the great NNO participation and also look to ranking even more highly in the future."
 

Click here to see award winners.

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.


The department was obtained $483,786 in grants and purchased many items with seized funds during this time period.

Grants received are as follows:

year

grant

amount

purchased

1999

Crimesoft beta

 $  10,000.00

Records management, CAD, 

Digital mugshots, etc

1999

LLEBG

 $  25,641.00

AFIX NT Server

 

 

2000

LLEBG

 $  18,714.00

Uniform side-arms

 

 

2001

LLEBG

 $  14,706.00

Speed sign, covert audio and video

 

2002

COPS MORE

 $111,713.00

mobile data server, PCs, wireless

 

2002

DPS

 $  42,000.00

VHS in-car video x 12

 

 

2005

Homeland Security

 $  58,000.00

interoperability device and radios

 

2007

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

laptop, projector and hi-def camera

 

2008

Homeland Security

 $194,437.00

Digital video system, new PCs, 

new IP based network for cars, vests

2009

JAG

 $  10,575.00

Pawn Shop database, gun safes,

stop sticks, car organizers, 3 CPUs

2009

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

Safety City

 

 

 

 


Total $493,786


National Night Out 2009 Coloring Contest Winners!

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Wednesday evening, July 29th was a very special night for area children that participated in the 1st Annual National Night Out Coloring Contest! Participants in three age groups (3-5, 6-8, and 9-11 years old) submitted their National Night Out art to a panel of judges that selected winners in each category. All who attended the awards presentation were treated to cookies and juice and got to spend some time with Mayor Pro Tem Ella Jez, area police officers, fire fighters and Sparky and McGruff! All children that attended were awarded a bag of National Night Out goodies, as well.


Prizes were awarded to 1st through 4th place winners in the contest.  3rd and 4th place winners received a backpack and pizza coupons courtesy of Pizza Hut .  2nd place winners received a  pizza coupon and a $20 gift card from Walmart.  1st place winners received new bicycles courtesy of Walmart!


Picture below are our winners!

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winners


Xavier Gonzales - (red bike) 9 years old - 1st place in the 9-11 age group
Nathaniel Flores - (white shirt) 6 years old - 1st place in the 6-8 age group
Zachary Ingles - 5 years old - 1st place in the 3-5 age group.

Taylor residents will be hosting 18 parties on National Night Out, Tuesday August 4th!  We hope to see you there!


TPD Launches Being Safe is Cool Program

On Friday July 24th, 2009 with the support of local sponsors Sonic and Whataburger, the Taylor Police Department will launch their “Being Safe is Cool!” program.  Officers, armed with coupons from our local sponsors will hand out the coupons to children they see doing something safely, e.g. wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, holding their parent’s hand while crossing the street, wearing a seatbelt, etc.  The coupons can then be redeemed for a free ice cream cone from Sonic or a free Justaburger from Whataburger.


The program will run through August 24th, 2009.


The goal of this program is to reward the children for positive behaviors and provide officers with a vehicle for positive interaction with our great youth and their families.

Other area agencies (such as Pflugerville PD) have implemented similar programs.


For more information, contact Beth Wilkes at the Taylor Police Department:


(512) 352-5552 or 365-2509 (metro) or emai Beth Wikes.



Wal-mart Recognized for Christmas with a Cop Support
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On February 23rd, 2009 the Taylor Police Department recognized our local Wal-mart Supercenter and The Wal-mart Foundation for their support of  the Department's Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) program. Store Manager Dennis Brown and his staff were recognized by TPD employees with the presentation of a plaque by Police Chief Jeff Straub for the store's outstanding support of our community.


The Wal-mart Foundation provided a $2,500 grant which made CWAC possible. CWAC is a program where specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers whom took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more.


Officers Complete Field Training
The Taylor Police is proud to announce that all officers recruited in last year's new recruitment effort have successfully completed field training.  After having attended the CAPGOG Regional Police Academy and passing all required examinations and the State licensing exam, the new officers were required to successfully complete about 16 weeks' training under the watchful eyes of field training officers. Officers are only released from field training after they are able to successfully demonstrate that they can perform all job functions and tasks.

Officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown are now able to staff one-officer patrol units.

The new officers must now successfully complete the remainder of their 18 month probationary period before they can receive the status of full civil service police officers with the City of Taylor.

2008 Call and Crime Data
In 2008 Taylor Police responded to more calls for service than ever (a 15% increase), but reported less crime overall (a 20% decrease in offense reports from 2007) in any year since 2004. "While our population continues to grow, we have seen a greater demand for police services, but the types of services we are having to provide is changing," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "It is my opinion that this change reflects an improvement in the overall quality of life of our residents and visitors."

View 2008 call and crime data

Christmas with a Cop a Huge Success!
If the huge smiles on the faces of the participants was any indication, the Taylor Police Department's first annual Christmas With a Cop (CWAC) was a huge success!

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Specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers who took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more!

This program was made possible by a grant from The Wal-mart Foundation. Transportation was provided by the Taylor Independent School District.

Volunteer Police Chaplain Program Cited in New Book 

The Taylor Police Department's Volunteer Police Chaplain program and its successes have been cited in a new book written by former program coordinator (retired) Rev. Steve Best, M.Div. The book, "Stories of the Street: Images of the Human Condition" was recently published by Strategic Book Publishing of New York, NY.

The book contains accounts of situations Best encountered as he served as a volunteer police chaplain for Austin PD, DPS and the Taylor Police Department and includes an introduction written in part by Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.

The Taylor Police Department congratulates Rev. Best on being published and even more so, is grateful for his service to the law enforcement community in general and the Taylor Police Department specifically.

Wal-mart Foundation Grant Sponsors Christmas with a Cop

Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Wal-mart Foundation, the Taylor Police Department will host its first annual Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) Program!

CWAC is a program designed to enable police officers and a specially selected young persons in need to spend one on one time together, shopping for Christmas presents.  Each child will be allotted an amount of funds for shopping and additionally their family will receive a Holiday meal from the program. After shopping together, the children and officers will return to a select meeting place where they will eat lunch together and wrap presents.

"While programs that deliver presents to children and their families are great," said Police Chief Jeff Straub,  "we think it will be very special for a child to spend that one on one time shopping with a police officer, wrapping presents and eating lunch together. It is our hope that this special time will build relationships."


CWAC intends to serve 20 children and their families this year.

Taylor Police Named As National Night Out Award Winners

The Taylor Police Department recently received national recognition from the National Association of Town Watch for the department's National Night Out festivities in 2008!  Our program ranked 49th in the nation and 6th in the State of Texas among all cities of a population between 15,000-49,999. (read about the award's criteria)

TPD would like to thank our many party hosts, volunteers and party attendees for making NNO 2008 such a great success!

TPD Deploys Tasers

After careful consideration and more than a few years of study, the Taylor Police Department has deployed TASERS to its patrol officers.  "After observing TASERS in use by our local constable's office and seeing the deterrent effect the mere presence of a TASER has had on potentially violent subjects, we have elected to deploy them to our personnel," said TPD Chief Jeff Straub. "It is our hope that TASERS will help ensure the safety of our personnel, the safety of the public and prevent us from having to injure a violent suspect."

The training of TPD personnel was provided by Williamson County Constable Precinct 4's office.  Our thanks goes out to Constable Marty Ruble and his excellent staff for their assistance!

New Police Officers Sworn In

New Officers Sworn In
Pictured above are officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown being sworn in by police chief Jeff Straub at the Texas State Peace Officers' Memorial at the Capitol in Austin.

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 four Taylor Police Department recruits graduated from the Capital Area Council of Government Police Academy and were sworn in as the City's newest police officers.

The officers received intensive training in criminal law, traffic law, patrol procedures, emergency driving, use of force and many other pertinent topics.

After successfully completing the academt, the officers then successfully passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education licensing examination for peace officers.

The new officers are:

Byron Totty, Tommy Dewayne Harms, Maris Heyward and Coty Brown.

The new officers must next successfully complete an intensive field training program of approximately 16 weeks in length and must also complete an 18 month probationary period.

"We are extremely proud of the great success of our newest officers in the police academy," said Taylor police chief Jeff Straub. "Most of all, I am very impressed with their personal qualities. They seem to be individuals of the highest character who are very excited about serving the citizens of Taylor."


New Badges, Tradition Retained
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.

New Badge Designs

TPD Awarded Additional Grant Funds
TPD was recently notified that they have been awarded additional Homeland Security Grant funds in the amount of $22,843.50.  These funds (which require no match on the part of the City) will be utilized to purchase additional DP-2 in-car digital video units.

TPD Makes Significant Progress on City's Strategic Plan
The Taylor Police Department recently reviewed their part of the City's overall strategic plan and is pleased to report we have made significant progress! Check out the brief report here!


New In-car Digital Video Units and Server Installed!
The Taylor Police Department's new, in-car digital video system has been installed!  Training in the new system is on-going at this time.

Digital video is far more efficient for storage and retrieval of individual incidents and records a continual loop of a preset time.  Once activated, the recorder retains this information, permiting us to view the pre-incident recording.

This system was funded 100% with Homeland Security grant funds at no cost to Taylor citizens.

New Digital Radios Have Arrived!
After having assisted in the unloading of an 18-wheeler, we are pleased to announce that the new digital radios and equipment have arrived.

We await the radios' programming (which is being provided to us at no cost) by Williamson County communications personnel.

We anticipate that all radios will be deployed and the new system in place by June 26, 2008.


Council Approves Purchase of Digital Radio Equipment Enabling Public Safety to Participate in Williamson County's Regional Radio System
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council voted unanimously to allow public safety to purchase the components necessary to upgrade our dispatch center and radios. This purchase will enable full regional interoperability (via Williamson County's Regional radio system).  The new radio components will greatly enhance area radio transmission and reception and will enable Taylor units and dispatch to communicate with all other cities in Williamson County and subsequently Travis, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

The current Taylor VHF radio systems used by police and fire will no longer be protected by the FCC as of 2011 and the system is already experiencing reduced capability (which has been attributed to bordering frequency encroachment). The new digital radio system has been tested by TPD both in town and throughout the county and has produced far superior results.

While cities of similar size have expended between $1.2 - 2 mil. for similar radio system capability, Taylor will expend approximately $366,000 to outfit all emergency service units, obtain portable radio units and outfit our dispatch center.

Costs have been kept down by the PD purchasing a serviceable but lesser model portable radio for its officers and by implementing a VOIP network for radio control in our dispatch center.

"This (the purchase of the new radio equipment) is a great step forward for Taylor public safety," said police chief Jeff Straub. "City management and our Council have been foresighted enough to recognize the vital need for a robust communications system that will serve us well into the future.  They also have seen that the ability to communicate with any other agency around us will better serve the citizens of the City of Taylor and surrounding communities," said Straub.

Chief Straub also mentioned his gratitude to Williamson County Communications personnel (particularly Patrick Cobb) in their providing engineering and technical support. 

In addition to radio coverage throughout our region and the benefit of interoperability, the City of Taylor will increase its number of talk groups from the current 3, to a potential of 30 to include an encrypted channel for tactical responses.

Mobile and portable units could be installed within the next 30-60 days with a temporary radio concolette placed in dispatch until the new VOIP network is in place.

TPD Granted Permission to Over-hire
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council granted the police department permission to over-hire one police officer position.  Currently, the department has four officer vacancies (which are currently being filled, with recruits tentatively scheduled to begin the police academy on 04-28-08).  A fifth police officer vacancy will occur as we promote to fill a vacant sergeant's slot.  Testing for the sergeant's position is April 30th.

The ability to over-hire the one position will enable the PD to hire in time for the 04-28-08 academy start date.

New City ID Cards Forthcoming
In working with the City's Finance Department to zero out some old fund balances, the police department has elected to use some court awarded seized funds to purchase a new, state of the art ID card system.  This system will meet and exceed all of the new State mandated ID card requirements for police officers (hologram, fingerprints, etc.) and will also be utilized to create color coded ID cards for all city employees.

The new ID card system will print on media that is similar in size and density of a common credit card.

Digital Video Units and Server Arrive!

All of the components from our new Homeland Security Grant funded digital in-car video system have arrived!  Install is tentatively scheduled for the last week of April or the first week of May.

This system will not only permit us to do away with the cumbersome VHS system, but will allow us to instantly retrieve (and copy for prosecutors, etc.) individual stops and contacts.  The new system, besides having the enhanced video quality of a DVD and multiple cameras will allow us to better scrutinize each and every stop, will be a powerful training tool and will cut down on the massive amount of time we spend copying VHS recordings.  (VHS can only be copied realtime to a DVD, so, if you have 2 cars with 2 hours of video of an event, that's 4 hours' copying time!) 


From 3 to 85 - TPD Applicant Pool Grows!
In a day and age where almost all police agencies are experiencing serious difficulties in recruiting qualified police applicants, the Taylor Police Department recently experienced some astounding success.  The Department's received 85 applications for their 02-29-08 test, a tremendous increase from the 3 that signed up to take their past two tests.

With Taylor City Council's approval, the Taylor Police Department has been enabled to recruit qualified applicants that do not yet possess a peace officer's license as police cadets.  Once an applicant successfully passes the police officers' entrance examination and physical skills test, they are placed on a civil service list to be considered for vacancies regardless of whether they are yet licensed a peace officers.  Those who successfully pass a rigorous background examination, oral interview board and other screening mechanisms will then be given conditional offers of employment.  They must then also pass an intensive physical and psychological examination to proceed in the process.

Those that are not yet licensed will be sent to a regional police academy where they will obtain licensure.  Police recruits will then undergo an intensive 16 week field training program prior to being released to work on their own as probationary police officers.

"Opening our agency to all qualified individuals (as opposed to only those that already have a peace officer's license) is a great step for our department," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "Most people who would like to become police officers have family responsibilities and  cannot afford to quit their jobs to attend a police academy on their own. Paying a competitive wage for recruits and guiding them through the licensing process will help us develop officers with a loyalty to our City," said Straub.  "We want people committed to personal growth, being team members and the welfare of our community.  This is a great start to reach our goals."

Straub also lauded his recruiting staff, pointing out that they followed up personally and almost instantly with potential recruits.

New Technology Implemented, More to Come
Thanks to Homeland Security grant funds and a forward-looking staff, the Taylor Police Department has recently deployed an encrypted Broadband network to their police units.  According to Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub, "The intent of this network deployment is to attain our longstanding goal: to provide officers in the field the same capabilities they would have at the station.  Officers now have access to all calls for service data, report writing, records management data, warrants databases and mugshots, all from their cars."

TPD Receive "Contract Trainer" Status from TCLEOSE

After having undergone an extensive applications process, the Taylor Police Department was awarded "Contract Trainer" status by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) on Friday September 7th, 2007. This status allows TPD to provide State recognized training to all Texas peace officers.


Taylor Police Receive $4,000 Award from TxDOT
The Taylor Police Department has been awarded $4,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the purchase of traffic enforcement and/or safety equipment. The department became eligible for the randomly distributed award by participating in TxDOT's  "Click-it or Ticket" program.

Purchase with the awarded funds were a high definition video camera and docking station for DVD transfer of video and a laptop computer and projector for training and educational presentations.

"We're excited to have been awarded these funds," said police chief Jeff Straub. "This award has permitted us to purchase more items we have needed without placing any additional burden on tax payers."

Taylor Police Receive $172,316 Homeland Security Grant

The Taylor Police Department has been notified that they have been awarded $172,316 in funds (with no match required) for the purchase of specific equipment.  These grant funds will allow for the improvement of the department's mobile data system to deploy the department's records management system to the field, deployment of new laptop computers, the installation and deployment of a digital in-car video system with server, the purchase of 27 bullet proof vests and more.

"This grant will allow us to take one more step in our attempt to continue to be a progressive police agency, and all at no additional cost to the taxpayer," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "The fact that no matching funds are required is excellent."
 
Police Communications Now Reverse 911 Capable
Taylor Police Communications now has the ability to notify residents of public safety emergencies via a reverse 911 system.  When activated, the system will phone residents and advise them of situations such as tornado warnings, hazardous materials spills, etc. and can be activated in specific neighborhoods if needed.

Utilizing Homeland Security Grant funds and nominal contributions from participating cities, CAPCOG (The Capitol Area Council of Governments) has purchased and deployed this reverse 911 system.

"We see this as a major addition to our capabilities enabling us to more effectively notify residents in a time of emergency," said Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.  "Warning sirens are almost cost prohibitive and the ability to hear these sirens inside of a well constructed structure is questionable.  Another issue is that a siren cannot provide instructions on what is occurring and how folks should respond.  We feel that reverse 911 is a major communications enhancement."

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Taylor Police Deploy Speed Measurement Laser
With the changing complexion of the City of Taylor has come a substantial increase in vehicular traffic and with this traffic, the need for more effective speed control measures.  As traffic has increased, it has become more difficult to use car mounted moving radar effectively.  Sometimes it is just not safe nor practical to risk turning around in traffic to pursue speed law violators.  Another issue in our city is that many of our streets--particularly in residential areas-- are not wide enough to accommodate the effective use of moving radar.

To address these issues, the Taylor Police Department has purchased and deployed a new speed measuring laser device.  Laser will enable us to effectively measure speed of individual vehicles in dense traffic, measure speed in areas where it is not practical to run moving radar or place a police unit (such as school zones, many residential areas, etc.). 

The laser unit was purchased with funds seized from drug dealers and awarded to TPD by the courts and at no expense to the tax payer.

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Technology Article Highlighting Taylor PD Appears in Texas Town and City (The Official magazine of the Texas Municipal League!

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The May issue of Texas Town and City features an article highlighting Taylor PD's technology implementation!  

We're excited to share what we've learned with others and send a special thanks to TML for recognizing out efforts!

TTC is a TML publication that is available only by subscription. 

READ THE ARTICLE

 

 
 4,000.00

laptop, projector and hi-def camera

 

2008

Homeland Security

 $194,437.00

Digital video system, new PCs, 

new IP based network for cars, vests

2009

JAG

 

Henry Fluck Appointed Chief of Police

02-15-13

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."


Dan Ramsey Appointed Interim Chief of Police

City Manager Jim Dunaway has appointed Dan Ramsey interim chief of police.  This appointment was confirmed by the Taylor City Council at their September 8th council meeting. Ramsey assumes command of the department after former police chief Jeff Straub was named assistant city manager and chief operations officer of the city 18 months ago.

Ramsey has been a police officer since 1982 and has served at the Temple Police Department, Bell County Sheriff's Office, McGregor Police Department and has been at Taylor PD since 1999. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College.

2009 Taylor Violent Crime Rate Lowest in County

In older cities in Texas, change is often lamented as residents look back at "the good old days," of bustling downtowns, family run businesses and when the world seemed to be a kinder, gentler place.  But, all change is not bad.

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!"


    violent property total index
City pop per 100k per 100k per 100k
Georgetown      52,555.00 98.94 1529.83 1628.77
Hutto      17,482.00 165.88 783.66 949.55
Round Rock    110,531.00 115.80 2507.89 2623.70
Taylor      16,394.00 61.00 2494.82 2555.81
Cedar Park      68,464.00 102.24 1434.33 1536.57
Leander      28,646.00 90.76 984.43 1075.19
   
Belton      18,130.00 193.05 4004.41 4197.46
H Heights      26,468.00 211.58 2912.95 3124.53
Temple      60,243.00 288.83 3587.14 3875.97
San Marcos      55,187.00 329.79 3084.06 3413.85
Brenham      15,415.00 674.67 4009.08 4683.75
source 2009 Crime in Texas Report    

Congratulations Assistant Chief Ramsey!
With the appointment of Police Chief Jeff Straub as Assistant City Manager, the Taylor City Council created the rank of Assistant Chief of Police in the police department.  After careful consideration, Chief Straub has selected Sergeant Daniel Ramsey for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.

Ramsey began his law enforcement career at the Temple Police Department in 1982.  He served the McGregor Police Department as a shift supervisor and came to Taylor as a police officer in 1999.  Ramsey was subsequently promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant through his years of service at TPD.

Sergeant Ramsey is a 2010 graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ashworth College.  He has received over 3,400 hours of law enforcement training, holds Master Peace Officer, Instructor and Firearms Instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.  He is also a certified collision reconstructionist and a certified emergency driving instructor.

“I have known Dan for 28 years and watched him grow as a person, police officer, supervisor and administrator,” said Police Chief Jeff Straub.  “Dan has demonstrated that he has personal integrity and has displayed the initiative to complete advanced law enforcement training on his own.  I am excited that Dan will assist me in carrying out goals for even more improvement of an excellent police department.”   

More Grants and Awards!
A very important part of what we do at the Taylor Police Department is to reach out to and interact with our citizens with various community programs.  Last fiscal year (Oct. - Sept.), we conducted 24 community events, serving 6,574 attendees!

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."

Taylor Again Recognized for National Night Out
The Taylor Police Department is pleased to announce that we have been notified by the National Association of Town Watch that we have once again won an award for our community's National  Night Out programs!

Taylor placed 36th nationwide, 4th in the state of Texas and 2nd in central Texas among cities with a population of 15,000 to 49,999.

"This is just another demonstration of how great our community is," said police chief Jeff Straub. "We are excited to be recognized for the great NNO participation and also look to ranking even more highly in the future."
 

Click here to see award winners.

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.


The department was obtained $483,786 in grants and purchased many items with seized funds during this time period.

Grants received are as follows:

year

grant

amount

purchased

1999

Crimesoft beta

 $  10,000.00

Records management, CAD, 

Digital mugshots, etc

1999

LLEBG

 $  25,641.00

AFIX NT Server

 

 

2000

LLEBG

 $  18,714.00

Uniform side-arms

 

 

2001

LLEBG

 $  14,706.00

Speed sign, covert audio and video

 

2002

COPS MORE

 $111,713.00

mobile data server, PCs, wireless

 

2002

DPS

 $  42,000.00

VHS in-car video x 12

 

 

2005

Homeland Security

 $  58,000.00

interoperability device and radios

 

2007

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

laptop, projector and hi-def camera

 

2008

Homeland Security

 $194,437.00

Digital video system, new PCs, 

new IP based network for cars, vests

2009

JAG

 $  10,575.00

Pawn Shop database, gun safes,

stop sticks, car organizers, 3 CPUs

2009

TxDOT

 $    4,000.00

Safety City

 

 

 

 


Total $493,786


National Night Out 2009 Coloring Contest Winners!

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Wednesday evening, July 29th was a very special night for area children that participated in the 1st Annual National Night Out Coloring Contest! Participants in three age groups (3-5, 6-8, and 9-11 years old) submitted their National Night Out art to a panel of judges that selected winners in each category. All who attended the awards presentation were treated to cookies and juice and got to spend some time with Mayor Pro Tem Ella Jez, area police officers, fire fighters and Sparky and McGruff! All children that attended were awarded a bag of National Night Out goodies, as well.


Prizes were awarded to 1st through 4th place winners in the contest.  3rd and 4th place winners received a backpack and pizza coupons courtesy of Pizza Hut .  2nd place winners received a  pizza coupon and a $20 gift card from Walmart.  1st place winners received new bicycles courtesy of Walmart!


Picture below are our winners!

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winners


Xavier Gonzales - (red bike) 9 years old - 1st place in the 9-11 age group
Nathaniel Flores - (white shirt) 6 years old - 1st place in the 6-8 age group
Zachary Ingles - 5 years old - 1st place in the 3-5 age group.

Taylor residents will be hosting 18 parties on National Night Out, Tuesday August 4th!  We hope to see you there!


TPD Launches Being Safe is Cool Program

On Friday July 24th, 2009 with the support of local sponsors Sonic and Whataburger, the Taylor Police Department will launch their “Being Safe is Cool!” program.  Officers, armed with coupons from our local sponsors will hand out the coupons to children they see doing something safely, e.g. wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, holding their parent’s hand while crossing the street, wearing a seatbelt, etc.  The coupons can then be redeemed for a free ice cream cone from Sonic or a free Justaburger from Whataburger.


The program will run through August 24th, 2009.


The goal of this program is to reward the children for positive behaviors and provide officers with a vehicle for positive interaction with our great youth and their families.

Other area agencies (such as Pflugerville PD) have implemented similar programs.


For more information, contact Beth Wilkes at the Taylor Police Department:


(512) 352-5552 or 365-2509 (metro) or emai Beth Wikes.



Wal-mart Recognized for Christmas with a Cop Support
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On February 23rd, 2009 the Taylor Police Department recognized our local Wal-mart Supercenter and The Wal-mart Foundation for their support of  the Department's Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) program. Store Manager Dennis Brown and his staff were recognized by TPD employees with the presentation of a plaque by Police Chief Jeff Straub for the store's outstanding support of our community.


The Wal-mart Foundation provided a $2,500 grant which made CWAC possible. CWAC is a program where specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers whom took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more.


Officers Complete Field Training
The Taylor Police is proud to announce that all officers recruited in last year's new recruitment effort have successfully completed field training.  After having attended the CAPGOG Regional Police Academy and passing all required examinations and the State licensing exam, the new officers were required to successfully complete about 16 weeks' training under the watchful eyes of field training officers. Officers are only released from field training after they are able to successfully demonstrate that they can perform all job functions and tasks.

Officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown are now able to staff one-officer patrol units.

The new officers must now successfully complete the remainder of their 18 month probationary period before they can receive the status of full civil service police officers with the City of Taylor.

2008 Call and Crime Data
In 2008 Taylor Police responded to more calls for service than ever (a 15% increase), but reported less crime overall (a 20% decrease in offense reports from 2007) in any year since 2004. "While our population continues to grow, we have seen a greater demand for police services, but the types of services we are having to provide is changing," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "It is my opinion that this change reflects an improvement in the overall quality of life of our residents and visitors."

View 2008 call and crime data

Christmas with a Cop a Huge Success!
If the huge smiles on the faces of the participants was any indication, the Taylor Police Department's first annual Christmas With a Cop (CWAC) was a huge success!

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Specially nominated youths from the community were coupled with police officers who took the young people shopping to buy gifts for themselves and their families. Afterwards, officers, staff and our volunteer police chaplains treated the participants to a pizza lunch and assisted them in wrapping presents.

The participants' families were also provided with a Holiday lunch consisting of a large ham, vegetables and more!

This program was made possible by a grant from The Wal-mart Foundation. Transportation was provided by the Taylor Independent School District.

Volunteer Police Chaplain Program Cited in New Book 

The Taylor Police Department's Volunteer Police Chaplain program and its successes have been cited in a new book written by former program coordinator (retired) Rev. Steve Best, M.Div. The book, "Stories of the Street: Images of the Human Condition" was recently published by Strategic Book Publishing of New York, NY.

The book contains accounts of situations Best encountered as he served as a volunteer police chaplain for Austin PD, DPS and the Taylor Police Department and includes an introduction written in part by Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.

The Taylor Police Department congratulates Rev. Best on being published and even more so, is grateful for his service to the law enforcement community in general and the Taylor Police Department specifically.

Wal-mart Foundation Grant Sponsors Christmas with a Cop

Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Wal-mart Foundation, the Taylor Police Department will host its first annual Christmas with a Cop (CWAC) Program!

CWAC is a program designed to enable police officers and a specially selected young persons in need to spend one on one time together, shopping for Christmas presents.  Each child will be allotted an amount of funds for shopping and additionally their family will receive a Holiday meal from the program. After shopping together, the children and officers will return to a select meeting place where they will eat lunch together and wrap presents.

"While programs that deliver presents to children and their families are great," said Police Chief Jeff Straub,  "we think it will be very special for a child to spend that one on one time shopping with a police officer, wrapping presents and eating lunch together. It is our hope that this special time will build relationships."


CWAC intends to serve 20 children and their families this year.

Taylor Police Named As National Night Out Award Winners

The Taylor Police Department recently received national recognition from the National Association of Town Watch for the department's National Night Out festivities in 2008!  Our program ranked 49th in the nation and 6th in the State of Texas among all cities of a population between 15,000-49,999. (read about the award's criteria)

TPD would like to thank our many party hosts, volunteers and party attendees for making NNO 2008 such a great success!

TPD Deploys Tasers

After careful consideration and more than a few years of study, the Taylor Police Department has deployed TASERS to its patrol officers.  "After observing TASERS in use by our local constable's office and seeing the deterrent effect the mere presence of a TASER has had on potentially violent subjects, we have elected to deploy them to our personnel," said TPD Chief Jeff Straub. "It is our hope that TASERS will help ensure the safety of our personnel, the safety of the public and prevent us from having to injure a violent suspect."

The training of TPD personnel was provided by Williamson County Constable Precinct 4's office.  Our thanks goes out to Constable Marty Ruble and his excellent staff for their assistance!

New Police Officers Sworn In

New Officers Sworn In
Pictured above are officers Tommy Harms, Maris Heyward, Byron Totty and Coty Brown being sworn in by police chief Jeff Straub at the Texas State Peace Officers' Memorial at the Capitol in Austin.

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 four Taylor Police Department recruits graduated from the Capital Area Council of Government Police Academy and were sworn in as the City's newest police officers.

The officers received intensive training in criminal law, traffic law, patrol procedures, emergency driving, use of force and many other pertinent topics.

After successfully completing the academt, the officers then successfully passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education licensing examination for peace officers.

The new officers are:

Byron Totty, Tommy Dewayne Harms, Maris Heyward and Coty Brown.

The new officers must next successfully complete an intensive field training program of approximately 16 weeks in length and must also complete an 18 month probationary period.

"We are extremely proud of the great success of our newest officers in the police academy," said Taylor police chief Jeff Straub. "Most of all, I am very impressed with their personal qualities. They seem to be individuals of the highest character who are very excited about serving the citizens of Taylor."


New Badges, Tradition Retained
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.

New Badge Designs

TPD Awarded Additional Grant Funds
TPD was recently notified that they have been awarded additional Homeland Security Grant funds in the amount of $22,843.50.  These funds (which require no match on the part of the City) will be utilized to purchase additional DP-2 in-car digital video units.

TPD Makes Significant Progress on City's Strategic Plan
The Taylor Police Department recently reviewed their part of the City's overall strategic plan and is pleased to report we have made significant progress! Check out the brief report here!


New In-car Digital Video Units and Server Installed!
The Taylor Police Department's new, in-car digital video system has been installed!  Training in the new system is on-going at this time.

Digital video is far more efficient for storage and retrieval of individual incidents and records a continual loop of a preset time.  Once activated, the recorder retains this information, permiting us to view the pre-incident recording.

This system was funded 100% with Homeland Security grant funds at no cost to Taylor citizens.

New Digital Radios Have Arrived!
After having assisted in the unloading of an 18-wheeler, we are pleased to announce that the new digital radios and equipment have arrived.

We await the radios' programming (which is being provided to us at no cost) by Williamson County communications personnel.

We anticipate that all radios will be deployed and the new system in place by June 26, 2008.


Council Approves Purchase of Digital Radio Equipment Enabling Public Safety to Participate in Williamson County's Regional Radio System
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council voted unanimously to allow public safety to purchase the components necessary to upgrade our dispatch center and radios. This purchase will enable full regional interoperability (via Williamson County's Regional radio system).  The new radio components will greatly enhance area radio transmission and reception and will enable Taylor units and dispatch to communicate with all other cities in Williamson County and subsequently Travis, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

The current Taylor VHF radio systems used by police and fire will no longer be protected by the FCC as of 2011 and the system is already experiencing reduced capability (which has been attributed to bordering frequency encroachment). The new digital radio system has been tested by TPD both in town and throughout the county and has produced far superior results.

While cities of similar size have expended between $1.2 - 2 mil. for similar radio system capability, Taylor will expend approximately $366,000 to outfit all emergency service units, obtain portable radio units and outfit our dispatch center.

Costs have been kept down by the PD purchasing a serviceable but lesser model portable radio for its officers and by implementing a VOIP network for radio control in our dispatch center.

"This (the purchase of the new radio equipment) is a great step forward for Taylor public safety," said police chief Jeff Straub. "City management and our Council have been foresighted enough to recognize the vital need for a robust communications system that will serve us well into the future.  They also have seen that the ability to communicate with any other agency around us will better serve the citizens of the City of Taylor and surrounding communities," said Straub.

Chief Straub also mentioned his gratitude to Williamson County Communications personnel (particularly Patrick Cobb) in their providing engineering and technical support. 

In addition to radio coverage throughout our region and the benefit of interoperability, the City of Taylor will increase its number of talk groups from the current 3, to a potential of 30 to include an encrypted channel for tactical responses.

Mobile and portable units could be installed within the next 30-60 days with a temporary radio concolette placed in dispatch until the new VOIP network is in place.

TPD Granted Permission to Over-hire
On 03-25-08, the Taylor City Council granted the police department permission to over-hire one police officer position.  Currently, the department has four officer vacancies (which are currently being filled, with recruits tentatively scheduled to begin the police academy on 04-28-08).  A fifth police officer vacancy will occur as we promote to fill a vacant sergeant's slot.  Testing for the sergeant's position is April 30th.

The ability to over-hire the one position will enable the PD to hire in time for the 04-28-08 academy start date.

New City ID Cards Forthcoming
In working with the City's Finance Department to zero out some old fund balances, the police department has elected to use some court awarded seized funds to purchase a new, state of the art ID card system.  This system will meet and exceed all of the new State mandated ID card requirements for police officers (hologram, fingerprints, etc.) and will also be utilized to create color coded ID cards for all city employees.

The new ID card system will print on media that is similar in size and density of a common credit card.

Digital Video Units and Server Arrive!

All of the components from our new Homeland Security Grant funded digital in-car video system have arrived!  Install is tentatively scheduled for the last week of April or the first week of May.

This system will not only permit us to do away with the cumbersome VHS system, but will allow us to instantly retrieve (and copy for prosecutors, etc.) individual stops and contacts.  The new system, besides having the enhanced video quality of a DVD and multiple cameras will allow us to better scrutinize each and every stop, will be a powerful training tool and will cut down on the massive amount of time we spend copying VHS recordings.  (VHS can only be copied realtime to a DVD, so, if you have 2 cars with 2 hours of video of an event, that's 4 hours' copying time!) 


From 3 to 85 - TPD Applicant Pool Grows!
In a day and age where almost all police agencies are experiencing serious difficulties in recruiting qualified police applicants, the Taylor Police Department recently experienced some astounding success.  The Department's received 85 applications for their 02-29-08 test, a tremendous increase from the 3 that signed up to take their past two tests.

With Taylor City Council's approval, the Taylor Police Department has been enabled to recruit qualified applicants that do not yet possess a peace officer's license as police cadets.  Once an applicant successfully passes the police officers' entrance examination and physical skills test, they are placed on a civil service list to be considered for vacancies regardless of whether they are yet licensed a peace officers.  Those who successfully pass a rigorous background examination, oral interview board and other screening mechanisms will then be given conditional offers of employment.  They must then also pass an intensive physical and psychological examination to proceed in the process.

Those that are not yet licensed will be sent to a regional police academy where they will obtain licensure.  Police recruits will then undergo an intensive 16 week field training program prior to being released to work on their own as probationary police officers.

"Opening our agency to all qualified individuals (as opposed to only those that already have a peace officer's license) is a great step for our department," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "Most people who would like to become police officers have family responsibilities and  cannot afford to quit their jobs to attend a police academy on their own. Paying a competitive wage for recruits and guiding them through the licensing process will help us develop officers with a loyalty to our City," said Straub.  "We want people committed to personal growth, being team members and the welfare of our community.  This is a great start to reach our goals."

Straub also lauded his recruiting staff, pointing out that they followed up personally and almost instantly with potential recruits.

New Technology Implemented, More to Come
Thanks to Homeland Security grant funds and a forward-looking staff, the Taylor Police Department has recently deployed an encrypted Broadband network to their police units.  According to Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub, "The intent of this network deployment is to attain our longstanding goal: to provide officers in the field the same capabilities they would have at the station.  Officers now have access to all calls for service data, report writing, records management data, warrants databases and mugshots, all from their cars."

TPD Receive "Contract Trainer" Status from TCLEOSE

After having undergone an extensive applications process, the Taylor Police Department was awarded "Contract Trainer" status by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) on Friday September 7th, 2007. This status allows TPD to provide State recognized training to all Texas peace officers.


Taylor Police Receive $4,000 Award from TxDOT
The Taylor Police Department has been awarded $4,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the purchase of traffic enforcement and/or safety equipment. The department became eligible for the randomly distributed award by participating in TxDOT's  "Click-it or Ticket" program.

Purchase with the awarded funds were a high definition video camera and docking station for DVD transfer of video and a laptop computer and projector for training and educational presentations.

"We're excited to have been awarded these funds," said police chief Jeff Straub. "This award has permitted us to purchase more items we have needed without placing any additional burden on tax payers."

Taylor Police Receive $172,316 Homeland Security Grant

The Taylor Police Department has been notified that they have been awarded $172,316 in funds (with no match required) for the purchase of specific equipment.  These grant funds will allow for the improvement of the department's mobile data system to deploy the department's records management system to the field, deployment of new laptop computers, the installation and deployment of a digital in-car video system with server, the purchase of 27 bullet proof vests and more.

"This grant will allow us to take one more step in our attempt to continue to be a progressive police agency, and all at no additional cost to the taxpayer," said police chief Jeff Straub.  "The fact that no matching funds are required is excellent."
 
Police Communications Now Reverse 911 Capable
Taylor Police Communications now has the ability to notify residents of public safety emergencies via a reverse 911 system.  When activated, the system will phone residents and advise them of situations such as tornado warnings, hazardous materials spills, etc. and can be activated in specific neighborhoods if needed.

Utilizing Homeland Security Grant funds and nominal contributions from participating cities, CAPCOG (The Capitol Area Council of Governments) has purchased and deployed this reverse 911 system.

"We see this as a major addition to our capabilities enabling us to more effectively notify residents in a time of emergency," said Taylor Police Chief Jeff Straub.  "Warning sirens are almost cost prohibitive and the ability to hear these sirens inside of a well constructed structure is questionable.  Another issue is that a siren cannot provide instructions on what is occurring and how folks should respond.  We feel that reverse 911 is a major communications enhancement."

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Taylor Police Deploy Speed Measurement Laser
With the changing complexion of the City of Taylor has come a substantial increase in vehicular traffic and with this traffic, the need for more effective speed control measures.  As traffic has increased, it has become more difficult to use car mounted moving radar effectively.  Sometimes it is just not safe nor practical to risk turning around in traffic to pursue speed law violators.  Another issue in our city is that many of our streets--particularly in residential areas-- are not wide enough to accommodate the effective use of moving radar.

To address these issues, the Taylor Police Department has purchased and deployed a new speed measuring laser device.  Laser will enable us to effectively measure speed of individual vehicles in dense traffic, measure speed in areas where it is not practical to run moving radar or place a police unit (such as school zones, many residential areas, etc.). 

The laser unit was purchased with funds seized from drug dealers and awarded to TPD by the courts and at no expense to the tax payer.

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Technology Article Highlighting Taylor PD Appears in Texas Town and City (The Official magazine of the Texas Municipal League!

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The May issue of Texas Town and City features an article highlighting Taylor PD's technology implementation!  

We're excited to share what we've learned with others and send a special thanks to TML for recognizing out efforts!

TTC is a TML publication that is available only by subscription. 

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Henry Fluck Appointed Chief of Police

02-15-13

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."


Dan Ramsey Appointed Interim Chief of Police

City Manager Jim Dunaway has appointed Dan Ramsey interim chief of police.  This appointment was confirmed by the Taylor City Council at their September 8th council meeting. Ramsey assumes command of the department after former police chief Jeff Straub was named assistant city manager and chief operations officer of the city 18 months ago.

Ramsey has been a police officer since 1982 and has served at the Temple Police Department, Bell County Sheriff's Office, McGregor Police Department and has been at Taylor PD since 1999. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute's Leadership Command College.

2009 Taylor Violent Crime Rate Lowest in County

In older cities in Texas, change is often lamented as residents look back at "the good old days," of bustling downtowns, family run businesses and when the world seemed to be a kinder, gentler place.  But, all change is not bad.

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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