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Sgt. Mitchel L. BrannonI started my career with the El Paso Police Department in June 1989.  We wrote our reports on typewriters using carbon paper.  Later, we stepped up to electric and multi copy paper. That was an awesome change.
I have been a resident of the Rio Grande Valley for 40 years and I have been in law enforcement for almost 30 years.  I started working for UTRGV Police Department in 2018 as a Police Officer, and was later assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as a Detective.  In 2020 I was promoted to Sergeant and supervised the patrol division.  In October 2020 I was assigned as Sergeant to the Criminal Investigations Division where I currently lead and train my detectives in all aspects of criminal investigations.  I am an instructor and have taught courses such as Crime Scene Investigations,
I was raised in Austin and grew up on the UT Campus.  Both of my parents retired from The University of Texas at Austin.  I graduated from Concordia University with a BA in History and a minor in Communications.
Officer Elizabeth Villarreal-Arbogast is a lifelong resident of El Paso. She attended The University of Texas at El Paso, where she earned dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree with an anticipated graduation date of December 2021. 
Officer Nancy Medina started working for UT Southwestern PD in 2016 as a Police Communications Officer after completing her undergraduate and master’s education in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington.  After encouragement from the UTSW PD command staff, Nancy attended a local police academy and was commissioned as a police officer for UTSW PD in 2018. 
Sergeant Fraser began his career in law enforcement in 1986 joining the United States Air Force’s 7th Security Police Squadron based at Carswell Air Force Base in Ft. Worth, Texas. He served for 5 years also participating in Desert Storm.
My name is Grace Coleman. I am the Assistant Chief at the University of Texas at Tyler Police Department. My law enforcement career began at UT Tyler Police Department under Chief Mike Medders. In 2009, I was hired on as a Guard. I left the department in 2011 to work for the City of Longview Police Department, where I stayed until 2019. At the Longview Police Department, I gained an immeasurable amount of experience, knowledge, and wisdom.
My name is Adam Perry and I have the distinction of serving as the University of Texas at Dallas’s newest Lieutenant over the Criminal Investigative Division.  In February 2020, I closed a chapter of my life after retiring from the Richardson, TX Police Department and two weeks later opened a new chapter of my life at UTD.
My name is John Gonzalez and I have been with the UTMB Police Department for 10 years. I started as a Guard in March of 2010 and a short time later was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to attend the 92nd UT System BPOC, which concluded in December of 2011.
Now in her 28th year of law enforcement, Michelle is honored to have served the citizens of Arlington Texas through both municipal policing with the Arlington Police Department and now campus policing at the University of Texas at Arlington Police Department.