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Lewisville police chief to teach policing courses at UNT

Lewisville police chief to teach policing courses at UNT

Russ Kerbow is retiring as Police Chief of Lewisville.

Lewisville police chief to teach policing courses at UNT
January 23
12:23 2018

Lewisville Police Department Chief William Kerbow will teach classes on 21st century policing at UNT in late February and early March. Kerbow plans to retire as chief in August 2018.

During his time as chief, the department received recognition from the Texas Police Chiefs Association as a “Best Practice” program in 2010 and 2014. The department is looking to receive the recognition again this year, Kerbow said.

“There are 164 different standards that they say a police agency should be able to meet,” Kerbow said. “They send assessors on sight to look at your proofs and policies and also review your facilities. It’s a really good top to bottom evaluation of the department, and once you meet all those standards, they give you the recognition.”

Kerbow, a Lewisville native, joined the force as a reserve officer out of high school in 1978. At that time, the department only had 33 officers on the force. Now nearing the end of his leadership, Lewisville PD has authorized 158 officers.

“Growth typically depends upon the workload and the size of the town,” Kerbow said. “When I first started, we were a little under 10,000 in population. Now we’re over 100,000 population. When you add new growth like that, you have to grow to keep up with demand.”

On top of efficient practice routines, Kerbow and the department are known for getting along with members of the community.

“We have always felt that we’ve had a good relationship with our community, but I didn’t want to take that for granted,” Kerbow said. “I reach out to all of our churches in Lewisville regardless of what race predominantly attends to be able to meet with them. We also host “coffee with cops” once a month to give people the opportunity to get to know us.”

In addition to face-to-face engagement, Kerbow has also been known to interact with concerned community members on Facebook by listening to their concerns and providing feedback.

“He recognizes that he works for the public,” Community Relations Manager James Kunke said. “And even though their curiosity can sometimes be overwhelming, he respects their right to know, in general, what’s going on. It seems like a small thing, but it makes a big impact on the community when the people know their police chief is listening.”

Kerbow said he is looking forward to great discussions about what policing is versus what it is not when he teaches at UNT during spring 2018.

Featured Image: William Kerbow is retiring as Police Chief of Lewisville and will begin teaching classes about policing at UNT this spring. Mallory Cammarata

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