Poteet Chief of Police, Bruce Hickman was surprised during the August 6 meeting of the Poteet City Council when his wife, Jennifer, and the council recognized him with a framed certificate for receiving his Master Peace Officer License.
A Master Peace Officer License is the highest level that a Texas peace officer can currently achieve. According to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) a peace officer must have completed a requisite number of training hours and years of service to achieve a masters including 1,200 training hours and 20 years of service; 2,400 training hours and 15 years of experience; 3,300 training hours and 12 years of service; or 4,000 training hours and 10 years of service.
“I am happy to have reached this milestone in my law enforcement career and I feel that I have obtained it at a good time in my career,” said Chief Hickman.
Chief Bruce Hickman has been a member of Law enforcement for 15 years. Upon graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy at San Antonio College, he was hired by the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Department as a Patrol Deputy in November 2000. He was promoted to Sgt. Patrol Deputy in 2008 where he held that title through his departure from the Sheriff’s Department in December 2012.
In January 2013, he was hired as a Reserve Patrol Officer for the Poteet Police Department. Shortly after his hire, he was placed in Code Enforcement, which was a position that hadn’t been filled in many years. He made great progress in this position, but due to his knowledge he was quickly placed in the IT department as well as assisting Lt. Leal in investigations where the demand was greater. During this time, he was able to oversee the program that for the first time, equipped our officers with body worn cameras. He also established the COPSYNC program, which is the department’s first ever electronic report writing and record retention system.
In the summer of 2015, the Chief of Police position became available and he applied, to which he was appointed by council. On September 14, 2015 he was sworn in as Poteet Chief of Police.
On June 21, 2019, after 15 years and 2,400 hours of intense training, to include: The New Chief Development Program and Texas Police Chief Leadership Series, Chief Hickman earned his Master Peace Officer License. In addition, Chief Hickman is also a Basic Instructor as well as a Firearms Instructor.
“I hope this blesses my sons, Devon and Ace, with courage to always strive for the most in their career choices. No matter what career path you may follow, if you balance experience and training and you always keep God first, your goals will always be met with integrity,” said Hickman. “I pray the community of Poteet will find comfort in knowing that it’s police department is dedicated to providing training and continuing education for its police officers.”