EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Wess Winn, community services officer and crime prevention coordinator with the Waxahachie Police Department to write a weekly column in an effort to answer many of the law enforcement-related questions posed by our readers. Here’s this week’s column.

This past Friday the Waxahachie Police Department lost its most senior member.  Assistant Chief Brett Colston retired after 31 years of service. Chief Colston takes with him more than 3,900 hours of in-service training, countless schools (FBI National Academy Training, Law Enforcement Management Institute, etc.) and many tactical shooting schools. This was information he used in managing officers and staff, as well as knowledge he passed along to every member of this department at some time or another.

I worked with Chief Colston for more than seven years, but in that time I was able to observe a man who wanted to get the job done right, regardless of who got the credit. 

This type of person is hard to come by, especially in law enforcement where everyone has some type of ego.  That said, he does not know I am writing this, and since he will no longer be employed by the city of Waxahachie (my supervisor) when he reads this, there is not much he can do.

Many people do not know this but there is a rumor among the staff here that the police building is built on some type of burial ground because of some of the things that go on down here. 

Whether it has been trouble with chiefs or some other crazy thing, Chief Colston has always been a rock when it seemed to get stormy down here.  He served as Interim Chief on a few occasions and was always someone (patrol, dispatch or other staff) you could go talk to, without fear of retaliation. That, in itself, is the quality we all are going to miss the most about Chief Colston — the fact that when you walked into his office and told him something, it never left his office. 

At his retirement party on Thursday, the conference room at the police department was packed (standing room only). They went around the room and several people affirmed Chief Colston’s contributions and what he meant to them personally. 

Chief, trust me when I say this, there were a few more in the audience that wanted to speak, but they knew their emotions would not allow them to make it through.

Thanks, Chief Colston. 

You and Connie enjoy your retirement.  See you on the trail sometime.

If you have a Police Beat question for Officer Wess Winn, he may be reached by e-mail at wwinn@waxahachiepd.org or call 972-937-9940, Ext. 211. Look for your questions to be answered here in the Waxahachie Daily Light every Sunday or listen to officer Winn’s show on KBEC Radio AM 1390 at 9 a.m. every Monday.