TEXARKANA, Ark. – (KTAL/KMSS) The Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department recently named the recipient of its Bulldog of the Year award, Sergeant Devin Warner.
Warner said he knew he wanted to be a police officer after he started working dispatch. “You send them to a call and you’re sitting there wondering what’s going on and you don’t know. It was just that feeling of, I need to be there to help.”
At TAPD, Warner started on patrol. Now, many years later, he supervises detectives in the criminal investigation division. He sees himself as a motivator. “I’m always telling them, you give your best and the better the results you’ll get.”
He also remembers the little things, like the birthdays of coworkers. “It lets them know that you do think about them and care about them,” he said.
Many we spoke with in the department, think of Warner as family. “He cares,” said Ty Underwood, an administrative assistant. She’s among those who nominated Warner for the award. “He leads with his heart. He doesn’t ask us to do anything that he’s not willing to do,” she said.
“I do not like the accolades … I want to see them flourish, not me. I was like okay, thanks, I guess,” said Warner, as he smiled at the memory.
Away from the department, Warner coaches baseball. At Christmas, he holds events like Shop with a Cop, and Cops & Kids, close to his heart. “It’s just one hour with those kids, but that one hour, three years down the road, still impacts that person with you,” he said.