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Lt. Rice began his Law Enforcement career as a dispatcher for the City of Webster in 1969. In 1970, he attended Academy Class # 1 at the Regional Law Enforcement Training Center (College of the Mainland) in Texas City. Upon graduating from the Academy, he was immediately assigned to Patrol Duties with the City of Webster.
During Rice's tenure with Webster, he became interested in Fire Suppression and Emergency Medical Services. He joined the Webster Fire Department as a Volunteer and achieved the rank of Lieutenant serving in the Search and Rescue Division. With Clear Lake Hospital being a new facility in Webster, Lieutenant Rice was afforded an opportunity to attend the first Emergency Medical Technician class. He continued to work full time with the Police Department and moonlighted as a Fire Fighter and EMT on the side. Lt. Rice remained with the City of Webster until 1973 when he accepted an offer to come to work for La Porte.
As a new officer with La Porte, Rice was afforded an opportunity in 1974 to implement and charter the existing La Porte Police Officers Association. He is the only one of three founding fathers of the association that still work for the PD. As founding father, charter member and past president of the association, Rice remains an active member of the association to this day. Rice worked general Patrol Duties in La Porte until promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1979. As a Sergeant, his duties varied from Patrol to Communications and as a Detective assigned to the Harris County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force. He served the Task Force as Group 4’s Field Supervisor, and as a K-9 handler. He remained at the Task Force until promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1999.
As a Lieutenant, he has served as a Patrol Commander for Day, Evening, and Night shifts, has commanded the Criminal Investigation Division, and currently holds the duties of Day Shift Patrol, DOT, Traffic, Jail and Police Fleet Boss. Lt. Rice holds TCOLE certificates in Telecommunications, Firearms Instructor and Master Police Officer. He also holds a Certificate of Technology in Law Enforcement from San Jacinto College.
Lt. Rice's hobbies involve guns and motorcycles. He enjoys an affiliation with the Texas State Rifle Association, National Rifle Association, Blue Knights (Chapter VII) Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Texas Masons (Cedar Bayou Lodge # 321). He donates his off duty time to fund raising events and admits they are his passion. The annual “Ride For Kids” - benefiting children with brain tumors, The “Texas Honor Ride” - benefiting our wounded soldiers recovering from their injuries at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio and “Warriors Weekend” - providing a weekend of fishing and fun for our wounded warriors from numerous military hospitals around the country, are only a few of the fundraisers to which Lt. Rice is proud to annually contribute both his time and financial support.