TCOLE honors 23 officers for achievements, public service


AUSTIN — Dedicating your life to law enforcement isn’t easy, but there are those who approach every day on the job with passion and valor. 

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement recognized 23 law enforcement officers at the Texas State Capitol for their professional achievements, public service and valor on Thursday. Some were honored for starting mentoring programs within their communities. 

Oscar J. Hale, chief investigator of the 49th Judicial District, was one of the recipients. 

“Public service to me means doing all you can do for the community,” he said.  

Hale is approaching his 50th year in this career. 

“It starts as a job, but then it becomes a profession to where you’re thinking the more people you remove – the bad people you remove from the streets – the safer the community will be and your family,” he said. 

Nominations are often made by elected officials or anyone licensed by the commission. 

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