The Department has more than 100 dedicated men and women with centuries of experience among them working together in different divisions to meet the needs of the community.
Those divisions include: Patrol, Investigations, Special Services, Support Services, Animal Services and Administration.
The Communications Center is one of the most vital services within the police, fire, and EMS departments. This section, housed within the Department, is
responsible for maintaining the lifeline between the public and the responding emergency unit in the field. They are truly the “FIRST” first responders.
Communications operators, or dispatchers, handle many types of calls ranging from the daily, routine call to the life or death emergency, to after-hours animal control and public
works. Dispatchers provide this indispensable service for the public and the responding units alike.
Lufkin Police Department dispatchers answer approximately 180,000 non-emergency calls and 80,000 9-1-1 emergency calls a year.
The Department currently employs 12 full-time and six part-time dispatchers. They work 12-hour shifts with three to four operators on duty at a time (minimum of two). Four shifts
of dispatchers provide 24-hour coverage, 365 days of the year working 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Communications Supervisor Ashley Jowell is currently working on bringing back a 9-1-1 public education program to local classrooms like Cell Phone Sally. Watch the video to
Crime Scene/Evidence & Property
The Department has two crime scene/evidence/property technicians who are under the supervision of the Investigations Division. Their primary duties include the recovery,
processing and preservation of evidence. When the technicians are called to a scene they are responsible for photographing the area, collecting evidence, taking measurements for
diagrams and documenting evidence recovery locations if necessary, lifting fingerprints and submit evidentiary items to the appropriate laboratory for analysis. They also
maintain custody of all evidence/property collected by the police department.
The Investigations Division is responsible for conducting a thorough investigation after a patrol officer exhausts all possibilities of a crime being solved quickly.
Investigators are assigned cases on a daily basis. The investigator, with the patrol officer’s information, will follow up with witness interviews, evidence gathering, suspect
information, etc. to assure the case is investigated in its entirety.
The Investigations Division is comprised of one lieutenant, one sergeant, one corporal, ten investigators, one office assistant, and two crime scene/evidence/property technicians.
Individual investigators specialize in family violence, crimes against children, and computer forensics. The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is also under the
supervision of this section. The lieutenant and five investigators work Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sergeant and five investigators work Tuesday through Friday,
6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the corporal works Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is at least one investigator on call 24 hours a day. On call investigators
are summoned when a patrol supervisor feels that a particular incident requires more investigative resources than patrol officers can provide. The office assistant works Monday
through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Department has approximately 35 patrol officers who work under the direction of more than 10 supervising lieutenants, sergeants and corporals with the ability to bring on four new officers within the next year thanks to a late 2015 city council vote.
Patrol officers spend their respective 12-hour shifts responding to service calls for a variety of emergencies and incidents requiring an officer’s expertise throughout the city limits.
The patrol division responds to approximately 40,000 calls for service each year. The patrol division makes an average of 2,000 arrests per year and handles about 350 mental health commitments annually.
The patrol division is also responsible for the Sex Offender Accountability Program (SOAP) where every registered sex offender in the City of Lufkin is checked monthly to ensure compliance with registration laws. Currently there are almost 90 registered sex offenders contacted each month by Lufkin Police officers.
The Department has three dedicated clerks who maintain the case management record system while providing services to police personnel and the public. The Records Section is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays.
Fingerprinting services (rolled not electronic) are also available through Police Support/Crime Scene Technician Debra Walsh from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost is $10 and you will need to bring a valid picture ID and valid Social Security card. The Department does not do fingerprints for immigration or License to Carry Handguns as they no longer take rolled prints, only electronic. For more information, she can be reached at email@example.com or 936-633-0345.
The Department has a five-member team which comprises the Street Crimes Unit. They work closely with the community and members of surrounding law enforcement agencies on drug eradication in city and county neighborhoods. Tips on drug activity in your area can be reported to Sgt. Travis Strickland via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, 936-633-0300 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS. All calls through Crime Stoppers are confidential and you do not have to give your name.
Sgt. Travis Strickland also supervises the Department’s 15-member Special Response Team. The Special Response Team is made up of full-time police officers and executes high-risk felony warrants along with other critical incidents, ranging from hostage situations to disaster response.
SRT Team Video
The Traffic Safety Section was formed in January, 2000. It is comprised of one dedicated corporal and three patrol officers that are trained accident re-constructionists. The Traffic Section is primarily responsible for enforcing traffic laws and investigating all traffic fatality and City of Lufkin fleet accidents. Other duties include the supervision of school crossing guards, rotation tow trucks, and assisting patrol when needed. All members of the Traffic Section are subject to being called in at any time day or night.
Traffic investigators are certified in Radar and Lidar. The Traffic Section utilizes some of the most up to date investigative tools available. These tools include the Stalker/DSR 2x radar and the Nikon Pulse Laser Station for accident reconstruction.
The traffic division supervises 11 school crossing guards stationed at six crossing zones throughout the city, along with overseeing the availability of officers for special events
like football games, Zoo Boo, Fourth of July Fireworks, parades, Downtown Hoedown, Lufkin Bistro, Pitser Garrison Convention Center Events, walks/runs and other city-sponsored
The Traffic Safety Section is supervised by Cpl. Brad Davis who works 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Cpl. Davis for questions about having an officer presence for
city-sponsored special events at email@example.com.
Off-duty officers can also be hired for private security detail (average $30/hour) by contacting Det. Ronald Stubblefield at firstname.lastname@example.org.