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|Assistant Chief Ron Parker|
Ron Parker joined the LPPD in 1984 and was recognized as “Rookie Officer of the Year” in 1985. He transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division as a detective in 1986. In 1991, he promoted to Sergeant. During this tour of duty, Parker was awarded the Medal of Merit and the Medal of Valor. In 1997, Parker promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as a Patrol commander. He transferred to the Support Services Division in 2000 as commander. He was appointed Assistant Chief of Police in 2008 and given command of the Support Services and Criminal Investigations Divisions.
Parker has received a number of written commendations, several medals, and various awards. He has been recognized as Employee of the Quarter, Employee of the Year, and Manager of the Year on two separate occasions. He was recognized by the Texas House of Representatives as Texas’ Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. He serves as an assessor for the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Accreditation Program, is a board member of the La Porte Heritage Society and a Chamber of Commerce volunteer.
Parker holds several degrees, including an Associate’s in Engineering Technology, an Associate’s in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management. He has also completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executives Course and the Command Staff Leadership Seminar at Sam Houston State University. He is currently a student in the Naval Postgraduate School– Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He has been published by the Texas State Historical Society and is a Recognized Leadership Fellow after completion of the Texas Municipal League’s Inaugural Leadership Academy.