Tulia, TX - Newly appointed Police Chief Steven Brush says he wants to change the negative perception some residents have of the Tulia Police Department.
"We don't want to be just the police, but we want to be part of the community, we want to know the people and we want the people to know us," said Brush. "We want to figure out where exactly we stand in training, education and experience. I want us to build on all the good things that are already going on over there and improve the department from there."
Chief Brush has a law enforcement career spanning over 20 years. He comes to Tulia after serving as a Lieutenant with the Amarillo Police Department.
"I'm happy to be here in Tulia," said Brush. "I'm appreciative of all the folks that came out today and the people of Tulia for giving me this opportunity."
City Manager Dion Miller says Brush is the best choice for police chief because of his qualifications and because he will bring a fresh approach to the department.
"I think that will give the Tulia Police Department a step up because of his networking and his contacts and those resources that are so intangible in being a leader." said Miller.
Miller says the department has struggled with leadership for years. In the past, many police chiefs haven't stayed with the department for a long time, some only staying for about a year. However, Chief Brush says he's planning a long career in Tulia.
Chief Brush's induction today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was no coincidence. He wanted to wait until this day because of his admiration of Dr. King's views on equality and justice.
"Martin Luther King showed us the way in how you respect people from all races and different backgrounds and I think Steven Brush will bring that will him," said Miller.