By Victor O'Brien

Killeen Daily Herald

It's not the adrenaline rush of high-speed chases and drug busts that Sgt. Pat Turck will miss the most. It's the faces of friends and the door opened to the community.

"It's all about the friendships and relationships you've built over 17 years," he said. "I'm going to miss that."

As Turck grew into the department, he also grew outward into the community. His career became more than putting criminals behind bars as a narcotics detective or currently as head of the property crimes section.

His career and his KPD legacy became about building positive relationships in the community.

"While he is well known throughout the police department as a dedicated professional, his community involvement will be equally remembered. Pat has been at the vanguard of helping others in our community," Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said.

Turck has been the coordinator for the Central Texas Special Olympics Torch Run, president of the Central Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial, a board member for Helping Unite Gold Stars Survivors and a youth football coach at Clements Boys & Girls Club. He will have to take a break when he goes overseas in November to work for MPRI as an improvised explosive device investigator.

"Obviously being over in Iraq will limit my ability to stay involved in those things. Those really have become a part of my life. So while I may be on a little bit of a hiatus, I will still find a way to be somewhat involved," he said.

His new job will combine his skills as a explosives technician gained from the KPD special weapons and tactics team with his investigative skills. He decided to go overseas in part because the pay raise from government employee to private contractor will move him closer to achieving his lifelong goal of attending law school.

He joined the Army in 1986 and was stationed at Fort Hood as a member of the military police. After three years in the Army and two years at Central Texas College, he joined KPD in 1991. He has worked as a patrol officer, narcotics detective, tactical flight officer and

supervisor in property crimes, narcotics and patrol.

Turck said among active officers, Rick Hatfield, who oversees recruiting, was most influential in his career. Hatfield was his training officer and then a colleague for eight years in the narcotics division. Turck said Hatfield taught him to be an ethical, moral, diligent and at the same time aggressive police officer. However, when Turck moved to narcotics in 1993, their roles flipped.

"He was probably one of the most productive narcotics guys I ever worked with. It was almost like the trainer being trained by the trainee because he just ran off," Hatfield said.

As Oct. 3 looms, Turck has been reflecting on Hatfield and the other officers who helped him grow as an officer and a person.

"It's been more difficult as the day approaches because I'm realizing over 17 years, I've met a lot of very good people, very good police officers and developed a lot of good friendships," he said. "It's hard to walk away from that, but I'm ready to move into a new career."

Contact Victor O'Brien at or (254) 501-7468.

By Victor O'Brien

Killeen Daily Herald

Wearing a police badge signifies, among other things, a continuous sacrifice of an officer's time with family for the sake of protecting the community.

The badge means that overtime and long hours away from home are two givens.

After 30 years, Capt. Steve Hoskins is ready to take back the time with his family.

"My first priority is to catch up on many years of lack of attention to my family," Hoskins said.

For years, Hoskins drove his patrol car home and his youngest daughter, now a Round Rock police officer, would urge him to flash his lights and he flashed the lights. The family knows about law enforcement with Hoskins, a police officer, and his wife, an emergency dispatcher.

"It has been our whole life. Your dad's a cop, your mother's a dispatcher. All you live, eat and breathe is police," Donna Hoskins said.

Steve Hoskins joined the Killeen Police Department in 1978, the year his oldest daughter was born. As he steps away from the KPD, he is looking forward most to spending time with his two young grandsons.

"It's pretty cool having a 2-year-old grandson that is just learning to talk," Hoskins said.

Hoskins, an Illinois native, was stationed in the Army at Fort Hood in the mid-1970s. Even before he left the Army, he agreed to attend the KPD academy.

He joined the department in 1978 and has since held every supervisory position and served in every department of KPD, including the patrol, crimes against person, crimes against property, organized crime and crime prevention divisions.

Hoskins, the department's third-longest tenured officer, is the staff services division commander. He supervises the personnel and training, evidence, records and animal control sections.

"With 30 years of service, it would not be possible to reflect on his many accomplishments in just a few words, but suffice it to say that the Killeen Police Department would not be where it is today without his efforts," Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said.

Hoskins said his most rewarding time was as a crime prevention sergeant in the mid-1980s. He listened to Killeen residents from a proactive position of improving their quality of life, as opposed to responding to a crime being committed and seeing them at their worst.

Hoskins stayed active outside of the police department. He received associate degrees in criminal justice and maintenance technology and a bachelor's degree in police science. He also taught criminal justice courses for four years at Central Texas College.

"That's why I need time with my family," Hoskins joked.

Hoskins said he prefers to think of his leaving KPD as a "slowing down" instead of a retirement. Either way, he is ready for a vacation whether it be at home or to his roots in the Midwest.

"In 30 years, he has worked a whole lot. A lot of overtime and second jobs. I'm looking forward to having him home," Donna said.

However, Donna may not have her husband home for long. Hoskins applied for a police chief position with a Bell County agency, which he requested not be named. Hoskins believes the lessons he learned managing people at KPD have prepared him to be a police chief.

If not selected to be police chief, Hoskins plans to open a business as a licensed home inspector or return to teaching.

Until then, he belongs completely to his family for the first time in 30 years.

Contact Victor O'Brien at or (254) 501-7468.

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