The city of Sherman welcomed its newest patrol officer on Wednesday afternoon, a local man with an accomplished military career already on his résumé. Officer Timothy Hale, who was born and raised in Sherman, was officially introduced by Sherman police officials at a ceremony at police headquarters noting his completion of the Field Training Officer Program.

The city of Sherman welcomed its newest patrol officer on Wednesday afternoon, a local man with an accomplished military career already on his résumé. Officer Timothy Hale, who was born and raised in Sherman, was officially introduced by Sherman police officials at a ceremony at police headquarters noting his completion of the Field Training Officer Program.


"I’ve heard nothing but good about you, Tim," said Assistant Police Chief Ken Francis. "Everything I hear is exactly what we expect in a Sherman police officer."


During his decade in the Marine Corps, Hale served four tours of duty in Iraq. His first tour was during the war’s opening months, followed by two tours in Al Asad and a final tour in Husaybah on the Syrian border. Even after completing his career in active duty in 2010, Hale remained involved in the Marines as a member of the reserves, recently attaining the rank of gunnery sergeant.


Hale is the first officer to be introduced to the public under the department’s new policy, whereby the department waits until after field training to induct new police. The department formerly held ceremonies for recruits when they joined the force.


"We decided quite a while back that we wanted to wait until the person proves themselves by making it through the FTO training program," explained Francis.


"One of the things I heard before I was even in the hiring process with Sherman was that we have a phenomenal FTO program, and it’s true," said Hale, after thanking his wife for her support. "I promise to devote the same tenacity and enthusiasm to my police career as I have to my military career.""


Officer Hale was joined at the ceremony by his wife Brianne, a pharmacist, and the couple’s one-year-old son, Jaxson. His addition to the Sherman Police Force brings the total number of patrol officers in the city to 33.