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Bastrop ISD PD underway

The Bastrop ISD police department is made up of three officers, Dexter Carter, Zach Lopez and Javier Flores. 

 

Officer Javier Flores began his career in Law Enforcement in 2006 as a Correctional Officer for the Hale County Sheriff’s Department before attending the South Plains Community College Law Enforcement Academy and obtaining his Peace Officer License. He worked as a patrol officer for the City of Tulia, where he held the ranks of patrol sergeant and patrol lieutenant. Officer Flores has accumulated over 2,700 TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement) hours. Officer Flores has attended Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, and Blue Ridge Community College where he completed a 300 hour Law Enforcement Leadership Certification Program. Officer Flores also attended the FBI LEEDA's Supervisor Leadership Institute and Command Leadership Institute training. Officer Flores is fluent in both English and Spanish. He has also earned the following certifications: Krav Maga Defensive Tactics Instructor, Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist, Mental Health Officer certification, Intermediate Peace officer certification, Instructor certification, Field Training officer certification, and Public Information officer certification. 

Officer Dexter Carter joined the Bastrop ISD Police Department in January 2016. Officer Carter began his law enforcement career in 1996 as a correctional officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He attended the Central Texas College Police Academy and in 2005, he was hired by the Bastrop County Sheriff's Department. Officer Carter served on the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Bastrop board from 2006-2007. He has attended Mental Health Officer training, which is beneficial when dealing with people in crisis. Officer Carter holds an Advanced Peace Officer certification and has accumulated over 1,500 hours of law enforcement training. He has also earned the following certifications: PPCT Disruptive Student Instructor and PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor.

Officer Zach Lopez graduated from Big Spring High School in west Texas. He attended Howard College in Big Spring, Texas and West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Officer Lopez attended the South Plains College Police Academy in Levelland, Texas, and began his law enforcement career with the Big Spring Police Department. He worked as a patrol officer before moving to Bastrop and joining the Bastrop ISD Police Department. Officer Lopez has approximately 1,600 hours of law enforcement training. He has also earned the following certifications: PPCT Disruptive Student Instructor, PPCT Ground Avoidance Ground Escape Instructor and NASRO Basic SRO Certification.

In addition to enforcing laws and providing a safe environment, ISD police officers can serve as role models and mentors for students. Interaction with students is important and veteran police officers bring job experience, professional training and life experiences that are beneficial to students.

 

In an effort to increase safety and security options within the district, BISD took the first step to starting its own police department by submitting the required paperwork to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) July 15. In August, the Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Memorandums of Understanding with the City of Bastrop Police Department (BPD) and the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). The agreements provide for dispatch services, mutual aid and shared responsibilities between the three departments.

 

For more information, contact Emily Parks at (512) 772-7100 or by email at eparks@bisdtx.org.

Yarbrough named Bastrop ISD Chief of Police

In November 2015, Bastrop ISD Superintendent Steve Murray swore in a former chief of police and former Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputy as the new Chief of Operations/Chief of Police for the district. Jeffrey Yarbrough, who comes to the district from the Travis County District Attorney’s office, took an oath symbolizing his commitment to protect the well-being and safety of Bastrop ISD students, staff and members of the community.
 

“I’m very excited to be back in this area – Bastrop is home for me,” Yarbrough said. “I’m looking forward to all the great things we will be doing.”

Yarbrough will oversee district safety, security and operations. He has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience. Yarbrough served as chief of police and assistant city manager for the City of Tulia. He also served as an investigator in the Bastrop Sheriff’s Department, captain with Lee County Sheriff’s Department, and patrolman with the Giddings Police Department. He has over 18 years of specialized investigative experience, serving as senior investigator for the State Bar of Texas and sergeant with the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Yarbrough has more than 6,800 Texas Commission on Law Enforcement training hours and holds his Master Peace Officer Certification. He has completed FEMA Incident Command and National Incident Management training and is a trained hostage negotiator.

Prior to his career in law enforcement, Yarbrough served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division and is a veteran of the Gulf War.

Yarbrough graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and holds a Master’s of Science in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University at College Station. He is also pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration from Sam Houston State University. Yarbrough has attended Certified Public Manager training and holds certificates in senior management leadership from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in Evanston, IL. and law enforcement leadership from Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC.

Yarbrough has served on the Bastrop ISD Diversity committee, the City of Elgin Planning and Zoning committee, and the Swisher County Salvation Army Board of Directors. He is a former member of the Texas Police Chief’s Association and the High Plains Police Chief Association.

“Jeff is very familiar with Bastrop, Bastrop ISD and Bastrop County. He comes our way very highly recommend by many state, county and local leaders,” Murray said. “We look forward to him joining the Bastrop ISD family and having him here serving the students and staff of BISD.”

In an effort to increase safety and security options within the district, BISD took the first step to starting its own police department by submitting the required paperwork to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) July 15. In August, the Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Memorandums of Understanding with the City of Bastrop Police Department (BPD) and the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). The agreements provide for dispatch services, mutual aid and shared responsibilities between the three departments.

For more information, contact Emily Parks at (512) 772-7100 or by email at eparks@bisdtx.org.