Paris Police Department transferred officer David Whitaker to the Criminal Investigation Division effective November 1. The department uses the specialized position selection process to fill lateral transfer positions in the department such as the opening in the CID. This process involves a review of the applying officer’s job-related performance along with an interview board of senior supervisors and administrative staff. The Department chose Detective Whitaker from a candidate pool of seven other officers. Detective Whitaker will begin his training as an investigator with another detective. He will also be required to attend other advanced training as classes become available. Det. Whitaker had a very successful assignment as one of the department’s community oriented policing officers for the past several years. David has been with the department for 17 years.
With this move, the COP unit created an opening, and we didn’t have to look far for that replacement.
Officer Curtis Graham was assigned to the COP unit a little over two years ago. Curtis had gone through the same specialized position selection process for the COP position. After being transferred to his new job for several months, patrol staffing shortages required his move back to patrol. The Department reassigned him to the COP position. In just a short amount of time, Graham has stepped up to his new responsibilities and has provided several outreach events to our community. Curtis has 11 years with the department and will be undergoing his training from Detective Whitaker.
Officer Graham will be continuing the outreach activities of the Department and is available at 903-737-4137.
We are looking forward to both these officers serving the community in their new positions.
Chief of Police