Chief of Police
Andy Harvey’s leadership experience covers both military and law enforcement professions. Harvey’s leadership experience covers both military and law enforcement professions. After a distinguished military career with over 20 years of service, Harvey retired as the First Sergeant of the 136th Mission Support Group in Ft. Worth, Texas. Harvey led in crisis in two different circumstances; in Kuwait at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in New Orleans just days after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. During his enlistment, Harvey attended several military academies, including the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy at McGhee Tyson Air Base in Tennessee and the First Sergeant Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He earned the Distinguished Graduate Award and the coveted Commandant’s Leadership Award, respectively.
Harvey also retired from the Dallas Police Department and currently serves as the Chief of Police of the Palestine Police Department. His leadership assignments in the Dallas Police Department include patrol, investigations, and media relations. As a Patrol Watch Commander, Harvey implemented a policing model that places high value in team member’s contributions, promotes problem solving, excellent customer service, a heightened sense of responsibility, and in developing team members’ ability to see the big picture. Chief Harvey believes in innovation. As the Dallas Police Media Relations Commander, he implemented several programs, including the creation of social networking services and a web video series called First Watch, both in English and Spanish. Harvey has been interviewed on local and national news programs.
Chief Harvey graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Command College in Huntsville, Texas, the Caruth Police Institute in Dallas, Texas, and ILEA Police School of Supervision in Plano, Texas.
Chief Harvey recently authored and published his book, Excellence in Policing, which has been presented to and read by police of all ranks around Texas and the country.