The Van Alstyne City Council honored its Police Chief Tim Barnes with a special award for his 25 years of service to the city. Barnes has been with the city longer than any other employee.

Mayor Pro Tem Teddie Ann Salmon presented Barnes with his plaque, after speaking of all his achievements over the years. Salmon said that Barnes has more than 2,400 hours of law-enforcement training and is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. He also received an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University in 2014 and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice Administration degree.

Barnes has worked his way through all levels of peace officer licensing, beginning in 1992 with his Basic License, then his Peace Office Licence, following by his Intermediate, his Advanced and his Master Peace Officer Licenes. He is certified as a Crime Prevention Officer and as a homeowner’s Insurance Inspector and Instructor.

Related organization Barnes belongs to are the Texas Municipal Police Association, International Chief of Police Association, Texas Police Chief Association, North Texas Police Chiefs Association, the Van Alstyne Education Foundation and the Van Alstyne Education Foundation. He serves on the Board of the Texoma Council of Government’s Criminal Justice Division.

Barnes said, after the meeting, that his longevity with the city, especially in his capacity as law enforcement, has allowed him to see positive changes in many people’s lives. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve been able to touch people’s lives in a professional manner and see them go down the right path. Many times, people have come back to me years later and said that my actions caused them to be the persons they are today,” he said.

Barnes added, “This is a great community. People care about each other here, and it makes me proud to be with an organization so long to see such positive changes and growth. I’m lucky that I work in a community that does support law enforcement, to watch the caring and compassion for the department. There’s never been a doubt in my mind about community support of this department.

And, always the law enforcement officer, even when being compassionate or appreciative, Barnes asked to remind everyone that in this time of politics and elections, “It is a crime to remove signs from people’s yards without either the property owner’s or the candidate’s permission.”