Thursday, March 22, 2012

Deputy police chief, Texas Seven hero retires

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Rod Walker
  • Rod Walker
In the latest in a string of losses for public safety, the police department has announced that Deputy Chief Rod Walker is retiring.

The 34-year veteran cop helped create may important programs, and, as the press release below explains, once saved an accident victim from a car before it exploded. Walker also helped apprehend two of the Texas Seven.

Both the police and fire departments have been working to keep up with attrition as veteran workers retire and others resign. Fire Department Chief Rich Brown announced yesterday that he would start training 24 new firefighters on Monday. The new blood won't grow the department; it will just bring it up to its full, authorized strength of 413.

Interestingly, and much to Police Chief Pete Carey's dismay, one of the fire department's new trainees is a cop who's resigning from the force.

Here's more on Walker's retirement:

“Rod is a great example of a professional law enforcement executive who never forgot his community or what it was like to be a cop on the beat,” Chief Pete Carey said of Deputy Chief Rod Walker’s exemplary career in law enforcement.

March 23rd will be a day of mixed emotions as Deputy Chief Rod Walker celebrates his 34 years of dedicated service during his Retirement Reception at the Patty Jewett Golf Course.

Promoted up the ranks from Sergeant to Lieutenant to Commander and finally Deputy Chief, he continually excelled in all aspects of his work.

D/C Walker’s contributions to the development and implementation of the Problem-Oriented Policing, development of the City’s core Values, Gang Intervention video, DVERT, and the Pikes Peak Area Juvenile Task Force have been immeasurable to CSPD and the City of Colorado Springs. All focused on D/C Walker’s standards of excellence, professionalism, devotion to the department and service to our community.

His community affiliations include the Governors Drug Policy Task Force, Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Legislative Committee, City of Colorado Springs Strategic Leadership Team, Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Memorial Project, P.O.S.T. Advanced Officer Training Committee, Past Chairman — Pikes Peak Juvenile Task Force, Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute Executive Board Member, Leadership Pikes Peak Membership Committee, Senate Bill 94 Committee Member and Adjunct Instructor — University of Colorado and Colorado State University Pueblo.

His devotion to duty resulted in many successes as evidenced in the awards he received to include: the Life Saving Award for his actions on June 29, 1985. At risk of personal injury, he pulled an accident victim from a burning vehicle that subsequently exploded. In 1996, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award when he faced off with an armed party who was threatening others during a confrontation. He was presented the Distinguished Service Award for his actions on January 23, 2001, highlighting his bravery regarding the apprehension of the remaining two fugitives of the notorious “Texas 7.”

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