TCC police chief in Washington, D.C. for briefing

Tarrant County College Police Chief Shaun Williams

Tarrant County College Police Chief Shaun Williams is among several law enforcement leaders in Washington, D.C. this week for a briefing by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing at the White House.

The 11-member panel was established by President Barak Obama through a 2014 executive order to identify “best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust,” according to the order.

Serving as co-chairs were Charles Ramsey, commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department; and Laurie Robinson, professor at George Mason University.

Recommendations, released in a final report May 18, 2015, focus on six primary topics: building trust and legitimacy, policy and oversight, technology and social media, community policing and crime reduction, officer training and education, and officer safety and wellness.

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Pointing to training and education as his primary focus at TCC, Williams said he will take advantage of sessions providing more insight in that area.

Recommendations for that focus include support from the federal government for “development of partnerships with training facilities across the country to promote consistent standards for high quality training and establish training innovation hubs involving universities and police academies.”

Williams was named TCC’s chief of police in 2011. A retired Arlington police officer and former operations lieutenant at Cedar Valley College, he has served in numerous policing roles including patrol officer, narcotics-organized crime detective, school resource officer and internal affairs division sergeant.

Williams graduated from Texas Christian University in 2000, receiving a master’s degree in liberal arts, after earning a bachelor of applied and science degree from Dallas Baptist University in 1997. He holds a master peace officer certification and was named the 2012 Outstanding Administrator by the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators.