Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson Jr. will undergo three days of training next week to prepare for his new role as the Harker Heights Police Department’s spokesman for media relations.
The training is a 30-hour course conducted over a three-day period at Sam Houston State University’s Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas in Huntsville.
“It’s going to encompass media relations, television interviews, providing crime statistics, emergency management and doing press releases,” Wilson said.
Wilson began his law enforcement career in 1984 at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in San Antonio. He chose law enforcement as his career path while still in high school, he said. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force as a security police officer and has served with the Heights police department for 16 years.
The main thing he’s learned through his experience as an officer is patience.
“When you are dealing with the public in a law enforcement aspect, it is usually at a very stressful moment in their life so being patient helps to stabilize and calm most situations,” he said.
As spokesman, he hopes to keep an open line of communication between the police department, media and residents.
“I’m just going in with my eyes open and ready to learn,” he said.