Officer Gordon Firth is originally from Long Island New York and has lived in seven different states during his lifetime. Now he is very happy to call Texas his home. Similarly Officer Firth’s law enforcement career has progressed through the last twenty years with seven different departments in three different states and even a foreign country.
Officer Firth started his career in the City of East Point, Georgia in 1994. Officer Firth quickly found he had a knack for locating DWI drivers and this lead to his assignment with the DWI task force under a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Officer Firth was also a founding member of the Metro Atlanta Traffic Enforcement Network which was created to improve highway safety communication between agencies, provided traffic enforcement training, and worked to build a comprehensive statewide traffic enforcement team.
Officer Firth continued his work in traffic safety as he moved to other agencies in metro Atlanta. The best assignment he had was to the motor unit where he was lucky enough to be paid to ride a motorcycle!
After working as a Trooper for the Georgia State Patrol, Officer Firth was hired by the City of Austell. In Austell Officer Firth attained his Instructor Certificate, Speed Detection Device Instructor, SFST Instructor, and Firearms Instructor. This allowed Officer Firth to teach at the local police academy and host training classes at his department.
Officer Firth progressed through the ranks in Austell to the position of Patrol Division Commander. In this position Officer Firth worked to develop policy, RMS and CAD system administration, attain State Accreditation, recruit, serve as departmental training officer, monitor records management and command the Special Response Team and manage the uniform division.
The opportunity arose for Officer Firth to help develop the Afghan National Police. He was hired to work the Afghan Civilian Advisory Support mission under the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. Officer Firth spent four years mentoring and training Afghan Police in “rule of law” policing as well as to assist with managing all the training academies in the country. At the completion of his mission in Afghanistan, Officer Firth was hired by the UTSP and is assigned to the UT Dallas campus.
Over the years Officer Firth has been a part of the Centennial Olympics, the G-8 Summit, presidential motorcades, births, deaths, car chases, shootings, and international policing. Officer Firth believes that a career in law enforcement is a career with a broad spectrum of opportunities and experiences to share with others. As a UTSP officer, he is excited to have yet another opportunity to experience new things and share his own experiences with others.