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2016 marks 50 years since the Corinth Police Department was first created. In 1966, Cecil Brown and his son, Gary, began policing the Town on a voluntary basis with no pay for a car, vehicle operation, insurance or upkeep. The Browns purchased a new car with their own money in 1969 to be used exclusively for police work.
On June 5, 1970, a motion was made to appoint Cecil Brown as Chief of Police for the Town of Corinth and his son, Gary as Assistant Chief of Police. The motion passed unanimously and the department was granted 50 gallons of gasoline per month. In 1974, Corinth purchased a car to be shared by Water, Sewer, and the Police Department.
Significant growth and development was experienced from 1977-1980 which resulted in increased crime rates. Chief Brown was accompanied by concerned citizens who also volunteered their time to watch over the community. Finally, in 1981, Corinth initiated a paid Police Department and began 24-hour patrol in 1983.
The Mayor and two councilmen turned ground at the existing Corinth Police Station on March 13, 1991 and by 1997, the Police Department had a force of 14 paid men and women protecting the City. The present-day Police Department is led by Chief Debra Walthall and has 36 men and women who work tirelessly to have Corinth named the 14th safest city in Texas by SafeWise. The officers and staff will soon move to a new Public Safety Building, which will break ground 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.”