Gov. Abbott appoints SPO Tim Whitaker To Texas Commission on Law Enforcement

Tom Kennedy

Senior Police Officer and HPOU Board Member Tim Whitaker has been named one of the nine members of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

Officer Whitaker is the only commissioner now riding a patrol assignment for a Texas law enforcement agency. He follows a long-standing HPD tradition for having a representative on this prestigious commission.

The Commission is a regulatory state agency that establishes and enforces standards “to ensure that the people of Texas are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement, corrections, and telecommunications personnel.”

It consists of three civilians, three police managers and three commissioned police officers. The other two police officer representatives are a police captain and a reserve police officer.

“We can correctly point out that Tim Whitaker is the only member of the Commission who still rides Patrol,” HPOU President Ray Hunt told the May general membership meeting.

Whitaker was scheduled to be sworn in during the Commission’s June meeting. He will serve a six-year term for the Austin-based commission. His appointment by Gov. Greg Abbott was unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate on May 27.

Whitaker is a 31-year HPD veteran, a field training officer for 22 of those years in which he has trained more than 180 rookie officers. He has served on the board in the Position 12 slot since 2012.

Whitaker is proud to point out that he has served on Patrol for all 31 of his years with the Department.

HPD frequently sees one of its own serve as a TCOLE commissioner. Whitaker succeeds HPD Senior Police Officer Joe Pennington, a 32-year veteran.

Chronologically, other HPD officers who have served are Walter Rankin, Bob Thomas, J. C. Mosier, J. J. Berry, Ray Hunt and R. Chavez.

Rankin went on to serve more many years as the constable for Harris County Precinct 1. Thomas was a founding member of the Houston Police Patrolman’s Union, which later joined the Houston Police Officers Association to become HPOU.

Sgt. Mosier retired at HPD and became chief deputy for current Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen. Berry was a long-time HPOU vice president who served as president before Hunt’s election.

“There’s always been an HPD officer there on the Commission,” Whitaker said.