UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


April 2014

Officer Gordon Firth

The University of Texas at Dallas PD



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.




Click the links below to go directly to prior Officers of the Month



March 2014

Natalie Rodriguez

UT Health Northeast PD


February 2014

Joel Rivera

UT Arlington PD


January 2014

Robert DeRohn

UT San Antonio PD


December 2013

Kevin Gray

UT Houston PD


November 2013

Charles Bonnet

UT Austin PD


October 2013

Bobby Lane

UT San Antonio PD

Bobby Lane

September 2013

Laura Davis

UT Austin PD

Laura Davis

August 2013

Jason Taylor

UT Austin PD

Jason Taylor

July 2013

Perla Noriega

UT Brownsville PD


June 2013

David Sedmak

UT HSC San Antonio


May 2013

Jerry Blanco

UT Arlington PD

Jerry Blanco

April 2013

Samantha Carter

UT Austin PD

Samantha Carter

March 2013

Homar Bahena

UT Brownsville PD


February 2013

Ashley Griffin

UT Austin PD


January 2013

Clifford A. Douglas

UTMB Galveston PD


December 2012

Brandy Elliot

UT Tyler PD


November 2012

Liju George

UT Southwestern PD


October 2012

Scott H. Barnwell

UT MD Anderson PD


September 2012

Dava Barnhart

UT Austin PD


August 2012

Joseph Michael Pasqua

UT Austin PD


July 2012

Molly Ralph

UT Pan American PD


June 2012

Stefan Happ

UT MD Anderson PD

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May 2012

Adam Jones

UT Southwestern PD


April 2012

Angelia Lemmonds

UT MD Anderson PD





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