Being a police officer isn’t just a job, it’s a calling. ‘Answering the call to serve’ is what the men and women of the Beaumont Police Department do every day. Many times the call is to apprehend a criminal who has chosen to do harm in our community. Other times the call involves an accident, a family disturbance, or a missing child or elderly person. Most recently we responded to many calls for help during and after an epic flood. No matter the call, we will answer – it’s our duty, our privilege, and our pledge.
The Department’s 2017 Annual Report provides a snapshot of highlights from our operations during the year and demonstrates how our officers answer their personal callings to serve and protect their fellow man.
Nothing tests the mettle of a police department more than a disaster. Hurricane Harvey provided such a test in 2017, not only for our department but for the entire city. Floods from this event inundated thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues across Southeast Texas. Over a third of the city’s total workforce was impacted by the storm with 125 Beaumont Police Department employees incurring significant personal property loss of their homes and/or vehicles. A majority of these affected police officers and civilians remained on the job during the city closure and emergency response even while their own homes flooded.
I have never been more proud of our employees as I was during these difficult weeks in August and September. In addition to life-saving rescues, our employees worked hand in hand alongside other city departments to respond to and manage the crisis. The Department’s Division of Emergency Management did an outstanding job providing oversight for the city-wide response. Cops were driving dump trucks, filling sandbags, distributing supplies, helping clear and secure flooded roadways and any other task asked of them by another agency or city department. A core group of our civilians worked with other city emergency management personnel around the clock to tackle the myriad duties associated with recording employee hours, maintaining inventory, and tracking equipment and supplies that were flowing to and from the area. The incredible teamwork of everyone involved was amazing to witness.
The flood waters have long since receded but many of our employees, like others in the community, remain displaced from their homes. The recovery process is long and hard. We are humbled and honored by the assistance we have received from a large number of businesses, organizations, and individuals who have made it their mission to help our employees in need. This outreach reminds us that we are not in this alone and that relationships matter.
It is an honor to serve as your Chief of Police and to work alongside the dedicated police officers and civilians of the Beaumont Police Department. Know that we stand ready to answer the call to serve and will continue providing premiere law enforcement services 24 hours, seven days a week, year round.
James P. Singletary
Chief of Police