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Police Academy Facity Bios  

Ray Barrett – Constable Precinct 2 Titus County – Constable Barrett attended the Northeast Police Academy and graduated in May, 2003. He was hired by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department on May 22, 2003 and has worked as a level one peace officer and Sergeant of Patrol. He has served on the SWAT, Bike Patrol, and Honor Guard teams. He also served as a Field Training Officer. He was promoted to Senior Officer in May 2005. During that time he performed his regular duties as a patrol officer and also served as the relief supervisor to the patrol Sergeant. In June 2006 he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and served in that capacity to November 2013. During his time as a Patrol Sergeant he took over as the Field Training Coordinator. In November 2013, he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division and took over as a CID Sergeant. His duties in CID included supervising three detectives and also working a full case load. He has attended numerous training classes including several homicide and interrogation schools. In April of 2014 he completed a background investigation school and served as the background investigator for the department. He was appointed in 2014 to replace the Constable who died in an auto accident.

Sheila Clemmons – Ms. Clemmons is responsible for all physical fitness and training of Cadets who enter the “Fast Track” Academy. She has been a certified personal Trainer ICS and SCW fitness for 18 years. She is a registered massage therapist with the State of Texas for the last 27 years. She is a certified SCW Fitness nutritionist. She has been a swimming instructor for over 36 years. She has been an Academy instructor since 2010.

Bert Edmondson – Mr. Edmondson is a adjunct instructor for the Criminal Justice Department who was the academy coordinator until May 2005. He has been an adjunct Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice instructor in numerous institutions in the U.S. and abroad since 1971. He is a candidate for PhD in Urban Studies (ABD) from University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a Master of Arts Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas Christian University. He is a graduate of the Fort Worth Police academy and served as a police officer with that city. He is a graduate of the 84th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy, and The Armed Forces Staff College. He is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (Military Police Corps) who administered Military Police law enforcement and training programs throughout his career. He is a TCOLE certified instructor. He is the Police Academy Training Coordinator and Director of the Criminal Justice program.

Nicolas Fierro – Chief of Police for Lake Bob Sandlin Fresh Water District # 1 – Chief Fierro is a full time peace officer since 11/115/22010. He is a graduate of the Northeast Police Academy. He is the field training officer, instructor and, firearms instructor for his agency. Since 12/15/22013 he has been employed by the Northeast Police Academy to teach Spanish and other chapters of the TCOLE curriculum.

Jerry Goodson – Constable Goodson is an employee of the Cass County Constable’s office. He holds a B.A. from Texas A & M University at Commerce, Texas and a M.A. from Texas Tech. University. Mr. Goodson has taught for East Texas Police Academy in previous years. He has extensive teaching background with U.S. Army.

Charles R. Hamilton, PhD Professor of English – Dr. Hamilton is a fulltime college instructor at Northeast Texas Community College and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A & M University in Commerce, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial and Scientific Technology from the Brooks Institute, a Masters’ of Arts degree in English from the University of Missouri and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from Texas A & M University in Commerce. He is the author of two books and numerous papers in English. He is a member of : American Film Institute, American Studies Association of Texas, Association of Adaptation Studies Modern Language Association College English Association, Conference of College Composition and Communication Film and History Association, National Council of Teachers of English PCA/ACA in the South, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Sigma Kappa Delta, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, South Central MLA Southwest & Texas PCA/ACA, and Texas Community College Teachers Association

Bob Hedges – Mr. Hedges is a full-time Criminal Justice faculty member who has been with the College since 1991. He holds a Master of Science Degree from Abilene Christian College, a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A. & M., Commerce, and a certificate in corrections from Sam Houston State University. He has extensive working experience in the field of adult and juvenile probation and parole and has been the principal faculty member in the corrections field since he joined the college. He is a TCOLE certified instructor.

Kyle Holcomb - Deputy Chief Mount Pleasant PD - Mr. Holcomb is a graduate of Class #253 of the FBI-National Academy and Class #66 of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College. He has been with the Mount Pleasant Police Department since 2006 and currently functions as the Assistant Police Chief overseeing the daily operation of the department. In 2010, Chief Holcomb received the Jack Sneed Award for Fire Investigator of the Year for the State of Texas by the Texas Chapter of the International Association of Fire Investigators, for his investigations into a group that has been tied to several local arsons. Also in 2010, Chief Holcomb received the Veterans of Foreign Wars- North East Texas Police Officer of the Year. This award was for the 19 counties of North East Texas. Assistant Chief Holcomb is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as an instructor, firearms instructor, TEEXS driving instructor, Taser Instructor, and holds a Masters Peace Officers License.

Richard Jones - Mr. Jones is currently the Director of the Northeast Police Academy and a Professor of the Criminal Justice Department at Northeast Texas Community College. Mr. Jones functioned as an adjunct instructor from the fall of 2000 until becoming the academy director in 2006. Having has taught the below listed courses during this period of time, he has proven to be an asset to the Criminal Justice Department of Northeast Texas Community College. He retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division (TDCJ-ID) as Warden I at the Hightower Prison Unit in Dayton, Texas. During his nearly 30 year tenure with TDCJ-ID, he functioned as a teacher, Department Head, Correctional Officer, Captain of Correctional Officers, Major of Correctional Officers, Criminal Investigation Division Investigator  and Warden. He was selected among all candidates of the prison system along with five other employees to create and establish the Criminal Investigation Division, which provided him with the opportunity to conduct criminal and administrative investigations as well as audits of all operations of the prison system. He was a member of the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) Pistol Team, which won the National Police Revolver Championships in 1982. Additionally, Mr. Jones has taught students for Kilgore Independent School District, Windham Independent School System of TDCJ and for San Jacinto College North of Houston.

Leonard Newman
– Mr. Newman is a full-time Professor of Criminal Justice faculty member who has been with the college since 1993. He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Tyler. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A & M, Texarkana, and an Associate of Science degree from Northeast Texas Community College. He has thirty years of law enforcement experience. He is a TCOLE certified instructor and a licensed Texas Peace Officer. He holds certificates as a trainer in defensive driving, chemical weapons, expandable baton, defensive tactics and firearms. He is a officer with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. He is the principle “skills” instructor in both the Law Enforcement Academy and in the Skills Sequence Courses in the Academic Program.

Jason Pearce – Trooper Pearce is a K-9 officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He is a graduate of the Northeast Texas Police Academy. He is a certified firearms instructor. Has his Instructor Proficiency Certification. He began his Law Enforcement career with the Franklin County S.O as a Deputy Sheriff. He is a master peace officer. He has taught the SFST/NTPA and firearms courses for the Academy for approximately 4 years.

Richard Penn - Chief of Police Pittsburg Texas - He is responsible for all operations of his department. He currently teaches at the Northeast Police Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A & M University, College Station. He holds a Master Peace Officer certification and a TCOLE instructor proficiency certificate. He is certified as SCUBA Instructor and Fire Instructor through the State fireman’s and fire Marshall’s Association. Chief Penn teaches State and Federal Updates, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking and other subjects as needed for the Academy.

Robert Ramirez - School Resource Officer Mount Pleasant ISD – Officer Ramirez is as graduate of the Northeast Police Academy and has taught Spanish for the Academy since 2010. He holds a basic instructor certificate and a TCOLE firearms instructor certificate. He teaches Spanish and other subjects as needed for the Academy.

Jimmie Redmon – Mr. Redmon is a patrol officer with the Longview Police Department. He has been a Longview Police Officer since June 2002. He is a graduate of the Northeast Police Academy and holds an Instructor Proficiency Certification. Mr. Redmon has taught the traffic section of the TCOLE BPOC course for the past 12 years and continually upgrades his material in this subject matter. He is certified in Advanced Accident Investigations, Standardized field Sobriety Testing, Doppler Traffic Radar Operations, Vericom Acceleration Testing, and holds a Sexual Assault and Family Violence Investigator license. He has been a Field Training Officer for Longview Police Department since 2002. He has been trained as a Forensics Field Investigator and functioned in that capacity approximately 3 years prior to returning to patrol.

Casey Sanders – Mr. Sanders is a recent adjunct employee of NTCC coming from an extensive background in Emergency Medical Services. He is also a part-time employee of Titus Regional Hospital, Camp county EMS, and Mount Pleasant Fire Dept.

Dale Shimpock - Agent Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission - Agent Shimpock completed the Basic Police Officer’s Academy at Northeast Texas Community College in the Spring of 2002. He was employed by Titus County Sheriff’s Office in Mt. Pleasant, Texas as a Patrol Deputy from January 2003 until April 2004. He was offered and accepted a job with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission as an Enforcement Agent in April 2004. He has been employed with TABC over 10 years working as an Enforcement Agent. He obtained a Basic Peace Officer’s Certificate and is currently a Master Peace Officer. He currently holds a Basic Instructor Certificate from TCOLE and has taught the Alcoholic Beverage Code section required by TCOLE at Northeast Texas Community College Basic Peace Officer’s Certification for several years. He has also taught the Alcoholic Beverage Code section for East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore as well, and possesses over 1400 continuing education hours through TCOLE.

Boake Slape - Officer Delano, California P.D. Retired – Mr. Slape has been an employee of Northeast Texas Community College since 2006. He has functioned as a security employee on campus and has for the past 8 years been an adjunct instructor in Criminal Justice. He holds licenses as a School Marshall Instructor, Concealed Handgun Instructor, Basic Instructor, and Firearms Instructor. He retired after 20 years as a patrol officer with the Delano California P.D. In addition, he teaches various subjects for the Academy when called upon to do so.
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This page last updated by R. Jones on 09/03/2015

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