Congratulations to Southlake Police Officer Chris Garrett for taking first place in the Texas Department of Public Safety’s annual Commercial Vehicle Inspection (CVE) competition his first time out! Officer Garrett took first place in the Level One CVE 2015 North Texas Municipal Inspector’s Championship competition held in Arlington on April 29, 2015.
The Level One CVE competition consists of taking an hour-long timed written test and three separate hands-on skill tests to determine his knowledge and expertise as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer. The hands-on portion involved finding violations on three different 18-wheelers in the quickest time. This portion of the test was also timed requiring each CVE Officer to find as many violations as possible within thirty minutes and fifty-five minutes.
Officer Garrett had to interview each driver and check credentials and proper paperwork for the driver and each vehicle. He then had to look for violations on each 18-wheeler. Officer Garrett came out on top of all of the competitors on the written test and finding the most violations on each truck. He says, “I really like what I do and I know it makes a difference. Getting unsafe vehicles and overweight trucks off the roadways helps prevent wear and tear on City streets and highways which help save taxpayers money.”
Officer Garrett has been a Police Officer for 23 years; thirteen at the City of Southlake and a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer for the City of Southlake since August of 2012.
He spends his days traveling City streets and nearby highways looking for violators. He adds, “Before I started working in this position I didn’t realize how many unsafe trucks were traveling on our streets and highways that present a danger to my family and other families.”
Officer Garrett says the competition provided a great training opportunity and a chance to meet and talk with other CVE officers in other cities. He says he plans to compete next year and perhaps go all the way to the state competitions.
Great job Officer Garrett. You are an asset to the City of Southlake and the Police Department. Congratulations again!