Rockwall Assistant Chief of Police Kirk Riggs, right, reviews a report with officer in training Tracy Gaines at the Rockwall Police Department. Riggs brings more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement to the department.

Helping others by working in law enforcement is in Kirk Riggs’ blood. His father, Leland, and brother, Mark, have both worked in law enforcement, and Riggs himself has 25 years under his belt just from the Farmers Branch Police Department, most recently as its deputy chief of police.

He is bringing his years of working in various areas in a municipal police department to the Rockwall Police Department as its assistant chief of police.

“The thing that Rockwall has to offer, from the police department and the community, from what I have seen, is that we have a very young department. The chief (Mark Moeller) has very innovative ideas. It attracts good quality officers. The benefits are good and the pay is very competitive with other departments,” Riggs said. “We just hired an officer from the Los Angeles department. We have one from Los Angeles County and one from England that are applying. This city, with its growth and its reputation already, is going to continue to bring in very qualified law enforcement personnel.”

The 47-year-old retired from the Farmers Branch Police Department April 26 of this year. He quickly moved up the ladder starting out as a patrol officer, then working in the department’s narcotics division in the 1990s, and was promoted to corporal in 1992, Riggs said. He then became a sergeant in 1994, a lieutenant in 1997, captain in 1999, and deputy chief in 2000.

“It is a great career. I enjoyed the time I had in narcotics. It prepared me for where I am now,” he said.

He graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in 2002. Riggs also has a bachelor of science in management and ethics.

Riggs initially wanted to have a career in mechanical drafting but his career path changed while he was in college at Tarleton State University when he met the chief of police of the Dublin Police Department. He received his law enforcement license from June 1979 from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Academy.

Listening to his dad tell stories of working in the Drug Enforcement Administration also helped attribute to Riggs’ career change. While working for the DEA, the Riggs family expanded their culture awareness as they lived in Mexico City, Mexico, when Riggs was 10 and Panama, when Riggs was 14, as his dad moved there for his job. Riggs isn’t fluent in Spanish but can speak it when needed, he said.

His path would eventually lead to Rockwall when he met Chief of Police Mark Moeller four years ago at a state chiefs of police seminar.

Riggs’ job as assistant chief of police will focus on working with the department’s budget, working with the lieutenant of the Criminal Investigation Division, administration and patrol, Riggs said. He will also take on the responsibility of chief of police during Moeller’s absence, review policies and procedures, and other administrative procedures, Riggs said.

Though the majority of his time will be spent in his office, he does miss being on streets and working the beat, like most law enforcement personnel who work in administration.

“Well actually I’ve been getting out quite a bit. Even before I left I’d go out and ride with the guys. I mean I still enjoy doing the daily job, obviously but I do enjoy backing up the officers and going out on calls,” Riggs said.

Another thing Riggs enjoys and holds dear to his heart is spending time with his wife, Jean and their 11-year-old son, Campbell, who plays baseball for the Dallas Drillers select baseball team.The Dallas Drillers recently qualified to go to Steamboat Springs at a recent tournament, Riggs proudly said.

He also enjoys swinging clubs on local golf courses when he’s not serving and protecting Rockwall residents.

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