NORTHEAST POLICE DEPARTMENT
October 1, 2013 the Town of Cross Roads and the City of Krugerville joined jurisdictions to create the Northeast Police Department. This is a new venture and only the third of its kind in the State of Texas. This merger benefits each city by providing twenty four hour coverage and a joint municipal court system without further burdening its residents with increased taxes. A Police Commission Board was formed with three representatives from each jurisdiction to oversee the Police Department. This is a new and exciting time for residents and we look forward to serving our citizens. Allow us to introduce you to your Board of Commissioners and Police Officers for the Northeast Police Department.
It is the mission of the Northeast Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve and enhance public safety through community partnership to improve their quality of life. We continually improve the public’s perception of community safety through eradication of criminal activity and any conditions that have a detrimental impact on public safety. Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.
The Northeast Police Department is built upon a foundation of ethical and professional conduct. We are committed to the highest level of moral principles and ethics. All members of the department will adhere to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics which is a part of this manual.
We are dedicated to meeting all challenges with the courage needed to accomplish our mission.
We are committed to equal application of the law to offenders and members of the public as well as the equal application of rules and regulations to all members of the department.
James Edland, Chief of Police, holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and has over 28 years of experience in law enforcement. He served as Chief of Police for the City of Pilot Point for six years. He came to Krugerville on October 1st, 2012 and has been essential to the success of the merger and the creation of the Northeast Police Department.
Sgt. Gary McCraw served in the United States Air Force from 2004 through 2008 touring in Iraq and Kuwait. He started his career in 2008 with the Oak Point Police Department. He joined the Krugerville Police Department in August 2013 as a Reserve Officer and was promoted to full time officer in September 2013. He was later promoted to Sergeant in April 2014.
Inv. Matthew Dusek has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement from Southwest Texas State University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University. He served with the Texas Department of Public Safety from 2002 – 2015 and joined the Northeast Police Department 2015. He is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor, SFST Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Crash Reconstructionist, FAA Remote Pilot, and holds a Master Peace Officer License with TCOLE.
Sgt. Jeff Pruett holds a Master Peace Officers Certification and has 28 years in Law Enforcement within Denton County. Sgt. Pruett has experience as both a Deputy Sheriff and as a Municipal Police Officer. Sgt. Pruett has worked as a Patrolman, Motorcycle / Traffic Officer, SWAT Operator, Accident Investigator, Field Training Officer and is a Police Instructor.
Mark White started his law enforcement career in 2002 with the Denison Police Department. He served with the Pilot Point Police Department from 2004 through 2012 and was promoted to Corporal in 2011. He is currently Lead Field Training Officer for the Northeast Police Department and is helping to create a K-9 program.
William Tinkle was a jailor for the Denton County Sheriff’s office in 2006 and promoted to patrol. He became a Reserve Officer for the Krugerville Police Department in 2010 and promoted to full time Officer in 2011. He is currently a Field Training Officer and assigned to the traffic division.
David Lightfoot started his law enforcement career in 1997, attending Collin Collage; Law Enforcement Academy. He has over 20 years of combined experience and hold a Master Peace Officer Certificate with the State of Texas. He served four years in Marine Corps, getting out as an E-5 / Sgt. Lightfoot has attended several leadership training courses in both law enforcement and the military. Basic School of Police Supervision (ILEA) in 2006, 93rd School of Police Supervision (ILEA) in 2008, Dr. Sampson’s Leadership series. He also attended and completed Module I, Module II and Module III of Bill Blackwood’s Leadership Command College (LEMIT) Class of #74.
Michael Draut started reserving with Northeast Police starting in July of 2019. He holds an advanced Texas Peace Officer License. Previously Michael worked for the Town of Flower Mound Police Department from 2003-2011. While with Flower Mound he was awarded the Rookie Officer of the year as well as a Police Commendation. Michael is certified as a Field Training Officer and SWAT Operator.
Kery O'Bryan served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006-2010, deploying to Iraq twice and achieving the rank of corporal. Officer O'Bryan graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2017 from the University of North Texas. He graduated the police academy in June 2011 and currently holds an Advanced Peace Officer License. Officer O'Bryan is a certified Drug Recognition Expert, TCOLE Instructor, SFST Instructor, Mental Health Peace Officer, and Field Training Officer.
Marcus Coulter came to Northeast Police Department in February 2017 and holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate. He began his career in 2006 as a Communications Officer with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office before attending the Denton County Sheriff’s Office Basic Peace Officer Academy where he graduated as the Valedictorian in 2010. He was later promoted to patrol in 2011 where he served in the patrol and traffic unit. He holds numerous certifications including Field Training Officer, TCOLE Instructor, SFST Instructor, Advanced Crash Investigation / Accident Reconstruction and is a certified Drug Recognition Expert.
Carl Parker holds an advanced Texas Peace Officer License. Carl came to us from Sanger Police Department where he worked from 2009-2017. Carl Parker worked for the Tioga Police Department from 2006-2009 where he started his law enforcement career. Carl Parker has a total of 12 years of experience as a Police Officer and is certified as a Field Training Officer.
Nathan Johnsonis a United States Air Force Veteran, serving from 2010 through 2014 in Japan and Spain. He has served as a Peace Officer since 2015, became a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) in 2017, and joined Northeast Police in 2018. He completed K9 handler certification in 2019 after being partnered with K9 Jax.
Selena Robinson started with Northeast Police in October 2017. She holds a Telecommunication Officer License, along with being the NEPD’s administrator, sex offender registrar, and the Public Information Officer.
RESERVE POLICE OFFICERS:
Marco Deleon started his career as a jailer for the Denton County Sheriff’s Office in 2003 and was promoted to Patrol in 2008. While at the Sheriff’s Office he served as an investigator for 6 years and holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas. He became a Reserve Officer for our department in 2015 while he works on obtaining his Masters Degree.
Bryan Barrett has 26 years of comprehensive public safety experience ranging from Patrol Officer to Chief of Police, to include more than 20 years of supervisory and management experience in the public sector. Barrett currently holds a Master Peace Officer License with TCOLE.
Brandon Bray came to Northeast PD in October 2016 having served with the Dallas Police Department for 9 years from 2007 to 2016. While with Dallas, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Corporal in 2015. Officer Bray holds and Advanced Peace Officer License and is a certified Field Training Officer.
Amber Scheps started as a detention officer in 2013, and became a full time police officer in 2017. She came to Northeast Police Department as a reserve in 2020. She is currently working on obtaining a bachelor's degree in science. She has an interest in DWI and traffic enforcement.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
T. Lynn Tompkins, Chair, is the Mayor of Cross Roads. Lynn is married to Shiryl, his wife of over thirty years, and has 2 children. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Vice President of Construction and Real Estate for one of the largest charter school districts in the nation. During his career he has built multiple fire stations, a municipal court, and a police station. Lynn has held leadership positions in Rotary International during his 30 of membership and is also a member of Trilogy Community Church located in Cross Roads.
Greg Gaalema, Vice Chair,
Jeff Parent, Commissioner, is a resident of Krugerville, married over twenty five years with 4 children. He is currently in the process of getting a BBA in Management from Northwood University. He served as Sr. Retail Management from 1992-2000 and was an Aubrey ISD Trustee 2000-2006 and also served on the Krugerville City Council from 2011 - 2015. He is President of LTC Professional Builders, Inc and Deacon Chairman for First Rock Fellowship.
Jody Gonzalez, Commissioner, has served 12 years (two terms) as a Commissioner for Texas Commission on Fire Protection. With 8 of those 12 years as the Assistant Presiding Officer for Commission Appointed by Governor Rick Perry, first term and Governor Greg Abbott for the second term. Gonzalez is also a former Adjunct Professor at NCTC Criminal Justice Program, along with serving 5 years as the President of AAYSA from 2011-2016. Gonzalez was appointed Commissioner for NEPD in 2020.
Steve Zuczek, Commissioner,
Diane Bartek, Commissioner,