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|Assistant Chief Ron Parker|
Ron Parker joined the La Porte Police Department in January 1984. Initially, he was assigned to the Patrol Division as a patrol officer. During his first year of service, he was recognized as “Rookie Officer of the Year”.
In September 1986, he was assigned as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, where he specialized in crimes against persons, juvenile offenders, and child abuse investigations. In July 1991, Parker was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned as a shift supervisor in patrol. During this tour of duty, he was awarded the Medal of Merit and the Medal of Valor for actions on duty. In July 1997, he was again promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assumed command of a patrol shift. He also served as commander of the department’s Field Training Program.
Parker was transferred to the Support Services Division as commanding officer in August, 2000. He was instrumental in budget development during this period and served as overall commander of the Citizen’s Police Academy, dispatch and jail operations, recruiting and personnel, animal control, research and planning, and crime prevention. On February 4, 2008, Parker was appointed as Assistant Chief of Police and assumed command of the Support Services Bureau, which includes the Support Services Division and the Criminal Investigations Division.
During his tenure with the LPPD, Parker has received 16 commendations, several medals, and various awards for the City of La Porte such as Employee of the Quarter, Employee of the Year, and Manager of the Year. Additionally, he was recognized by the American Legion of Texas as the State of Texas Police Officer of the Year in 1994 and was also recognized for this award by the Texas House of Representatives by special resolution. Most recently, in January 2011, Parker was named as the 2010 City of La Porte Manager of the Year for a second time in his career.
Assistant Chief Parker holds several degrees in Design Technology and Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the Leadership Command College of the Law Enforcement Management Institute at Sam Houston State University. He currently holds a Master Peace Officer’s License. He is a member of the American Legion, Leadership Command College Alumni Association, Texas Police Officer’s Association, Texas Municipal Police Officer’s Association, Texas Police Chief’s Association, and the First United Methodist Church of La Porte. Parker also serves as an ambassador for the La Porte Bayshore Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Debra reside in La Porte and have two grown children, Brandi and Kent.