My name is Wesley Braunsdorf. I was born in Texas City, Texas and graduated from Hitchcock High School in 1997. After graduating from high school, I joined the Air Force where I was a member of the 31st Security Forces and spent my time in Aviano, Italy. After my discharge from the military, I attended Alvin Community College where I received my basic Peace Officer license and began working at the Hitchcock Police Department as a Reserve Officer.
In November 2001, I began my career at the University of Texas Medical Branch as a guard until I was selected to attend the UT Police Academy in 2003. After becoming a Commissioned Officer, I was assigned to work the Patrol Division. While working patrol, I was tasked with bike patrol and Field Training Officer duties. I was then assigned to work in the Criminal Investigation Division where I was part of a three man unit. Later that year, I began a new partnership with the City of Galveston’s Police Department working with their Vice and Narcotics Unit. While working vice and narcotics, I was part of several undercover operations, search warrant executions, and still to this day the largest marijuana bust in Galveston County which was estimated to be over 1 million dollars street value.
After my time with the Vice and Narcotics Unit was completed, I returned to CID and was informed our department was starting a canine unit. It had always been a dream of mine to be a canine handler. I applied for the position and was selected as the first UTMB Canine Officer. Upon completion of my training classes and certifications, I immediately began reaching out to other departments in the county to start networking with them.
Canine Noey and I having been part of several felony high risk warrant executions, suspicious packages, bomb threats, violent offender suspect tracking, and the public relations that go along with it. My dream has become a reality that I get to enjoy every day.
I am truly honored to have been chosen for this award and I am proud to be part of such an excellent team of officers at UTMB PD.
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