FROM OPERATION BLUE SHIELD:
Challenge Coin of The Week: Pearland Police Department
Today we share the Pearland Texas Police Department’s challenge coin. This is a colorful and striking coin bearing the crossed American and Texas State flags on its face, framed with a blue border and the date April 6th, 1960. On the obverse the crest of the Pearland Police Department framed by a solid blue border bearing the words INTEGRITY – PRIDE – HONOR.
The Department Bureaus Include:
- Criminal Investigations
- Crime Victims Liaison
- Community Outreach
- K-9 Unit
- School Resource Officers
- Traffic and Warrants
The Pearland Police Department was founded in April 1960 with its newly appointed Chief of Police R. V. Johnson becoming the first paid employee of the City Pearland. He was joined by two police officers and together the three protected the two square miles and 1,467 residents of the City of Pearland.
Today, Pearland encompasses territory in Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Harris counties with a population of approximately 112,300 residing in a city covering approximately 48.4 square miles, served by a police department of 163 sworn personnel.
We honor the memory of Pearland Officer Endy Ekpanya who was killed on June 12th, 2016 when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver who crossed over the center line colliding head on with the officer’s vehicle. Endy is survived by his two-year-old son and fiance. The driver of the vehicle was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Looking to the future, this department will continue to meet the challenges faced by its rapid growth and proximity to Houston, the fourth most populous city in the United States.