K-9 Officer, Sergeant Luis Farias, returns to the Poteet Police Department with the new title of Sergeant and with a four-legged partner, Nikko. Both recruits are ready to join with the department in taking a big bad bite out of Poteet drug crime.
Poteet Police Chief Chavez said that Farias would help the department keep aiming for its new directional goals stating, “Luis Farias is going to be a great asset to the Poteet Police Department. With the addition of his K9, it is going to really help us with our searches and drug arrests.”
Users, Buyers, Dealers Beware
Sgt. Farias stated that he chose to come back to Poteet because of unfinished business. “When I left here, I felt like I had unfinished business in the town. There are a lot of drugs here just like in big cities. Coming back, we feel we can put a dent in the drugs and gangs.”
“It is never going to be a battle that is won totally, but one we feel we can suppress as much as possible. Anyone that we suspect is dealing, selling or using drugs, we will go after and prosecute at the highest level the law will allow,” Sgt. Farias stated.
Progress at Poteet PD
With his newest hire, Chief Chavez was excited about the progress and impression his department has continued to make since his hire in April. “What I continue to preach to my officers is pro-activity. Crime has no address and it occurs everywhere. I want to continue to make sure my officers are very visible in the community and I believe thus far, we are doing a great job in this area,” stated Chief Chavez.
According to Sgt. Farias, one motto that he along with Chief Chavez will begin again to implement in Poteet will be: “Crime is like a business: It goes where it is invited and stays where it is well treated.” “Our philosophy here is going to be: Crime is not invited and it is not going to stay nor will it be treated well. It will be dealt with here in the City of Poteet.”
Partners in Crime
Farias is coming to Poteet from the City of Yorktown, where he has worked as a night patrolman and drug enforcement officer. Nikko, a 7-year old Belgian Malinois, and Sgt. Farias have been partners for almost five years.
“He is going to have the badge “472K” and he is a great asset to me. He has been with me for almost five years. While in Yorktown, Nikko was directly involved in 8-felony drug/narcotic arrests. Since I worked nights, he is just that extra partner. We are a tandem and a dual. At 90 lbs., he adds that sense of respect when we are out on a call or at a scene,” stated Sgt. Farias.
Sgt. Farias gave a scenario about how he works with Nikko, “For instance, if I was to pull up on the scene of a fight, Nikko would begin to bark. Once the individuals realize Nikko is on scene and could be released it really defers further problems. My K9 has a sense of smell that is 100 times better than a humans.”
Farias, who earned his B.S. in History and Public Administration from Texas Lutheran University and his high school diploma from Holly Cross High in San Antonio, worked for the City of Poteet from January 8, 2008 until September 2, 2009. In an Express December, 2008 article, Farias was cited for heroism when on a routine traffic stop noticed across the highway a small flame possibly from a bar-b-que pit. He decided to go check it out and because of this due diligence helped prevent a home fire where a family lay sleeping.
Not only is Farias a hero in his current law enforcement position, but he also began his career in a heroic profession. “My first career had me in the classroom, as I was a history teacher at Alamo Heights I.S.D. I also worked for the Federal Reserves in Federal Law-Enforcement before entering my career in city policing,” stated Farias.
Even though Farias was not one to brag, Chief Chavez made sure it was known that aside from teaching and law enforcement, Mr. Farias was a great basketball player back in the day. “Yes, I played in the European Professional Leagues back in the day. I cannot guarantee what my vertical leap is now, but I played a little ball back in the day,” Farias stated jokingly.
Chief Chavez is the first to brag on his police department that has eight full time officers and 13 reserves on the force. But, his department is also proud of his desire to stay on top of leadership issues necessary to run a successful police department. To that end, Chavez is currently preparing to attend the FBI Command College this week at Trinity University in San Antonio. The Texas FBI Command College is a 36-hour law enforcement development seminar sponsored by the FBI National Academy Associates. FBI instructors will lead courses on topics such as Leadership, Media, Diversity, Legal and a special block on Terrorism and Education. The seminar is designed for top law enforcement executives and leadership officers in police departments with 50 or less officers.