FBTX ~ A longtime member of the Farmers Branch Police Department with a rich and varied law enforcement background, Erik Stokes has been promoted to the position of Deputy Chief for support services, according to Police Chief David Hale.
“Erik brings 26 years of dedicated law enforcement experience to the leadership team at FBPD,” Chief Hale said in making the announcement. “Erik excels at collaborating with the community and building relationships that further the mission of keeping Farmers Branch safe. His experience and leadership will help us continue to build on our commitment to provide exceptional public safety services to our community.”
Deputy Chief Stokes was hired by the Farmers Branch Police Department in 1994 and promoted through the ranks from patrol officer to Investigator, Corporal, Sergeant and to Lieutenant in 2015.
He holds a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University. He has also earned a Master Peace Officer certificate in addition to multiple other law enforcement certifications and is a graduate of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration School of Police Supervision and the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.
Deputy Chief Stokes was named Farmers Branch Police Officer of the Year in 2000 and Supervisor of the Year in 2014, among numerous awards in his career. He has served as an advisor and supervisor for the Farmers Branch Police Explorer Post, a member of the Texas Crime Prevention Association and of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
He fills the opening created by the recent retirement of Deputy Chief Dean Habel.