WAXAHACHIE — Officer O.T. Glidewell has been named the new community service officer for the Waxahachie Police Department.

In his new role, Glidewell will look to build relationships with the public to create a stronger community. He takes over for Dustin Jordan, who left the department for a position with a real estate firm.

“I have been employed with the Waxahachie Police Department for almost 10 years. During those 10 years I have had the privilege of being a field-training officer and have trained a lot of new police officers,” Glidewell said. “I wanted to make a change and learn a new aspect of police work by taking the community service position. I am extremely excited to be able to make an impact as a police officer in a different capacity.”

Glidewell stated that he wants to build on the solid foundation that has been laid by the department in its community outreach efforts such as the Cops and Kids Picnic, Coffee with a Cop, and officers visiting with students in the Waxahachie Independent School District.

But, he wants to take that outreach mission a step further.

“Myself and Assistant Chief Joe Wiser have talked about working with high-risk teenagers by putting together a big-brother type mentoring program for some of those kids that don’t have the best home life or are a higher risk than others,” Glidewell said. “I feel that if we can help these guys earlier that it will not only make a difference in their life but in the community and the police department because hopefully, we won’t be dealing with those people.”

Glidewell stated he is also looking at doing some events on the square to connect residents with the department that would generate community pride.

“This is the start of my third week and I am learning a lot of interesting things. The community is very willing and helpful. They want to be a part of the police department. They want to be connected with us to build a stronger community,” Glidewell shared. “I have had a lot of people reach out to me and express their interest. All the chiefs here want to see this position do well, grow and see it help the community.”

Police Chief Wade Goolsby shared Glidewell’s thoughts about the importance that this role plays at the police department.

“We want to continue to build on some of the things that we have put in place over the last couple of years, some of the community events and interactions with kids,” Goolsby said. “We want to continue to do those things to reach out to more and more people and get more interaction with members of the community, so they feel like they know their police department.”

Goolsby explained that these community events help to build that trust between the police department and the public. Having the public’s trust is critical to the police department’s mission to protect and serve.

“We are just excited to have him in this position and look forward to having him in this position,” Goolsby said.

People who have an idea about a community event or what Glidewell address a community group about crime prevention they can contact the Waxahachie Police Department at 469-309-4400. The department is located at 216 N. College St. in downtown Waxahachie.