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Hutch hires first school police chief

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JIM WILLIAMS
Staff Writer

DALLAS - History was made in the Wilmer-Hutchins Independent School District Friday, Jan. 17 during a press conference at its administration building on Illinois Avenue.

Cedric Davis, a 1985 graduate of Wilmer-Hutchins High School, was announced as the first police chief for the WHISD.

Davis said he would be in the process of putting together a police department.

He said he hoped to eventually have six or seven officers.

The WHISD PD will begin full operation at the start of the 2003-04 school year.

'Next year the public will see a well equipped police department, uniformed,' Davis said.

'Our officers will be full-fledged police officers.

'We will be a community-oriented-based police department. Law enforcement is the priority, the focus, also community service.'

He said crime could be reduced in a community by getting the public involved. 'Safer schools make a better community.'

Davis said he would be meeting with city police chiefs in the local areas to establish an inter-city agreement with them.

He said he wanted to help provide a safe environment for students to attend school and would like to establish a junior law enforcement academy within the WHISD for students desiring to enter the field.

'The academy would be to prepare students for college courses in criminal justice.'

The WHISD has had its academic problems within the past decade, but the school district has seemingly been making a concerted effort to turn things around for its betterment in recent months.

The WHISD hired a new superintendent in Dr. Charles Matthews last fall.

As Davis, Matthews also had returned home to Hutchins where he had once served as superintendent.

During a press conference Dec. 5, Matthews announced future programs he had planned to improve the WHISD and encouraged more people to come home.

Davis was born and raised in Hutchins. He was a member of the Eagles' football and track teams. However, Davis said he wasn't a starter.

'I was more of a bookworm,' he said.

Davis was ranked 15th in his graduating class at WHHS.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and he is working toward a master's degree.

He was a member of the Military Police in the U.S. Army.

He said although he had returned to work in Hutchins, he has made his home in Mesquite where he recently purchased a house.

Davis and his wife, Sheryll, have three daughters, Cedria, who is a sophomore in high school; Jasmine, 9; Alexandria, 6; and a son, Cedric Jr., 4.

Davis is the son of Brenda Duff, who was a candidate in the last Hutchins City elections.

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