Corinth Police Department Celebrates its 50th Year

Corinth Police Department Celebrates its 50th Year

by Susan Neuhalfen

When the Corinth Police Department was first created in 1966, it wasn’t exactly a police department. It worked the way most things in the Corinth area work. One citizen has a community concern and takes matters into his own hands to bring the issue to light.

In 1966, Corinth resident Cecil Brown and his son, Gary, began policing the Town of Corinth on a volunteer basis. They purchased a new car in 1969 with their own money exclusively for police work. They received no compensation for their vehicles, insurance, gas or upkeep.

Three years later, in 1970, a motion was made to appoint Cecil Brown as the Chief of Police and his son, Gary, as Assistant Chief of Police for the Town of Corinth. The motion was unanimously passed and the department was given 50 gallons of gasoline per month. That same year, Bennie Jones was deputized as assistant.

The Town of Corinth also purchased a car in 1974 for the police. However, the car was to be shared with the Water and Sewer Departments as well. The town paid for the costs of the department out of utility franchises, federal revenue sharing and the sale of maps and books.

As the population increased, unfortunately, so did crime. Many citizens followed in the footsteps of Cecil Brown and volunteered their time to help Brown and his son until finally, in 1981, Corinth established a paid police department and began 24-hour patrol in 1983.

Throughout the years Corinth has had some great men and women in blue including Chief Ben Thurman, who started his department in 1983 with 8 police officers.

A new police station was built in 1991 and today Chief Debra Walthall has 36 men and women working tirelessly to protect the 14th safest city in Texas (as named by SafeWise). The Police Department will soon be moving to a new public safety building which will begin construction in 2017.

“The police department has reached a fifty-year milestone. As the agency has grown and progressed through the years, many new faces have shared in making our department one to be proud of,” expressed Debra Walthall, Corinth Chief of Police. “With the hard work and dedication of our officers, support of our citizens, volunteers and city leaders, we have become a recognized agency that sets an example for others to follow.”

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