Officer Brett Watkins grew up in Bradenton, Florida where he played football and Olympic weight lifted. After graduating high school in 2001 he went off to college in Boca Raton, Florida at Florida Atlantic University. Realizing that three of the terrorists from the 9/11 attacks actually learned to fly directly adjacent to FAU, Officer Watkins finished up with his Associates and joined the US Navy. Having to wait a little over a year in the delayed entry program he finally headed off to the US Navy in 2005. As a Gunnersmate, Officer Watkins spent 5 years in active duty, traveling all over the US and spending time overseas. Officer Watkins was a small arms repairer and a small arms marksman instructor and crew serve instructor.
After leaving active duty, Officer Watkins completed his BA in criminology from the University of South Florida. As the economy was dwindling in Florida an old friend told him how Austin’s economy was flourishing and that the city was growing. Office Watkins packed up his belongings and moved to Texas. Another reason for his move was to join the Texas National Guard’s, 1st Battalion 143rd (Airborne) Infantry Regiment, the only Airborne Infantry Regiment in the National Guard which is currently on active jump status. Officer Watkins was lucky to be hired by the University of Texas at Austin and attended the 95th Basic Peace Officer Course.
Officer Watkins has been commissioned for a little over one year and is enjoying his new post as a patrol officer, patrolling UT Austin and the surrounding areas. He enjoys interacting with the campus community and is looking forward to growing within the UT System. Officer Watkins is currently in training for UT Austin’s Counter Assault Strike Team and will be attending Police Bike school in December. He is the current driver for Rescue 170, the System Rapid Response Team emergency rescue response vehicle. In his off time Officer Watkins enjoys spending time with his fiancée and planning their wedding. He also enjoys working in his yard, doing small home improvements to his house, running and hitting the gym.
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