Sherman Police Department’s new third assistant chief is a familiar face at the department. Bruce Dawsey has been with SPD for 19 years.

“I am really looking forward to getting back to my roots,” Dawsey said, adding, “As a police officer your heart is always in patrol.”

Police Chief Zachary Flores told the city council his department is nearly fully staffed and he is excited about continuing to work to keep it that way. Adding a new assistant chief, Flores said, will allow the department to continue its trend toward an increase in good morale.

Dawsey was a military policeman while in the U.S. Army. When he got out of the Army, he went to work as a police officer Houston where he started in patrol and then worked in child abuse investigations. In 1998, he and his wife moved to Sherman because they didn’t want to raise their children in Houston.

After spending his first five years at SPD in patrol, Dawsey promoted to sergeant and then worked as the supervisor for patrol for two years before becoming the department’s public information officer for seven years. Then he was the criminal investigations division sergeant for three years before promoting to lieutenant. He then served in the office of professional standards and supervised the property and evidence departments, as well as communications division and the public information office.

Dawsey said when he was the patrol division supervisor he wasn’t actually going to calls on the streets, but he was trying to help those officers who were to stay safe and do their jobs as professionally as possible. Now as the assistant chief over the patrol division, he said, he will be able to continue that focus. He can also make sure that they are taken care of when they are on the streets and when they are back at the station.

“I am going to be able to make sure that their needs are met and their quality of life issues are addressed as far as the tools that they need to do their jobs are concerned,” Dawsey said. He said he will be the face of the command staff in the patrol division and he hopes that having someone in command who is focused directly on patrol will make that division feel as if they are not being forgotten.

“Patrol is the backbone of a department,” he said. “A department can function without a communications division or some other divisions, but the patrol officers are the face of the department in the community.

In addition to approving the creation of the new chief’s position and Dawsey’s appointment, the city council also approved two new positions at the police department. Those officers, Dawsey said, will start in patrol when they are hired.