As part of a larger police family, all of us feel an impact when a police officer loses his or her life in the
line of duty, even when that event occurs in another part of the country. Recent police deaths have affected us even more deeply, and our officers are now facing challenges and a public sentiment that I have not seen in my career.
Police officers can only work effectively when we have a partnership with our community, and this partnership is something that we cherish in Southlake. Although we mourn for the loss of our brothers and sisters, we have seen an outpouring of support from our community and the citizens that we strive to protect. As we work to make sense of tragedy, this kind of support is a ray of light that we cling to. Thank you to the Southlake residents and businesses that stepped forward last week to remind us that our cause is noble and that our service is valued. The men and women of the Southlake Police Department will continue to work tirelessly to keep our citizens safe, and we will do so in the most professional manner possible. Thank you.
Chief of Police
The Southlake City Council confirmed City Manager Shana Yelverton’s appointment of James Brandon as Southlake’s new Police Chief at the June 2, 2015 City Council meeting.
Brandon, who has close to 20 years of law enforcement experience, was most recently the City’s Assistant Police Chief. Prior to that, he served in Corpus Christi rising to the rank of Captain.
“James Brandon’s time in Corpus Christi gave him the necessary background to lead the Southlake Police Department,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “As Chief, he will use that experience to grow the City’s police force and most importantly work with City residents and businesses to achieve the best possible safety and security standards,” Yelverton added.
“The police profession is facing challenges like we haven’t seen in many years,” said Brandon. “Those challenges can only be overcome with a day-in day-out commitment to the people we serve. I am honored to be working with a group of employees and for a City whose residents appreciate open and honest conversation.”
Brandon’s experience includes Captain of the Corpus Christi Organized Crime Unit, Swat Team and Bomb Squad. Since coming to Southlake, he has worked closely with the Department’s 73 sworn and civilian personnel to help reduce auto burglaries by 33%, residential burglaries by nearly 40%, and traffic accidents by 13%. He was also instrumental in working with federal law enforcement agencies after the 2013 Town Square shooting and Carroll Independent School District regarding the Southlake’s School Resource Officer program.
“Southlake’s School Resource Officer program is a terrific example of what can happen when community ideas and police know-how come together,” said Brandon. “Another example is how police are working to improve the commute even as necessary road construction projects take place,” he added. “I am excited to work with the Mayor, the City Council, the City Manager and the staff of the Police Department on the initiatives that are important to Southlake.”
Chief Brandon’s appointment is effective immediately.