Chief David Ashburn began his career June 1, 1983 with the Corsicana Police Department. He worked with Corsicana PD for 12 years, 6 months where he earned the rank of Assistant Chief of Police. Chief Ashburn was selected as Chief of Police with the Navasota Police Department on December 4, 1995. He served Navasota as their Chief for 2 years, 4 months before selected as Chief of Police for the City of Angleton. Chief started his tenure with Angleton on April 13, 1998, exactly twenty years ago today. Chief David Ashburn officially retires today, April 13, 2018 at 1700 hours, concluding 35 years of distinguished law enforcement service.
Chief Ashburn has continued to move our department forward with new programs and constantly upgrading technology in our police units, updating equipment for the officers such as Tasers, Body-Worn cameras, tourniquets and medical kits, and new equipment for inside the police station. Some of Chief’s programs he started at Angleton include "Turn around Angleton" running out the drug dealers in our city by chanting at their houses; The Citizens' Police Academy, which is now in our 31st class, and there have been 31 graduates go on to the police academy to be police officers; COP (Citizens on Patrol), CPA graduates enforcing disabled parking, code enforcement violations. Chief Ashburn brought our in-house Training Academy up to a TCOLE Contract Training Provider for Law Enforcement; started our honor guard; bicycle patrol for special events as well as special use on patrol; SORT (Special Operations Response Team); National Night Out, and event during which officers go throughout the city with fire and EMS meeting neighbors; "Click it or Ticket," promoting the use of seat belts; and “Holiday Safe Driver," for which businesses donated free gifts to be given to drivers who were stopped by officers for obeying the law, for example, using a turn signal when appropriate, or just being courteous.
Chief Ashburn worked with City Government to open out own gun range. He and his wife, Nancy, provided steak lunches every year for all PD employees for National Police Week, paying for the lunches himself. Chief Ashburn started the Drug Drop program for citizens to drop off their left over drugs. He implemented dark uniforms with a newly designed patch and badge; award bars to wear on class A uniforms for distinguished service, certifications, years of service, and many other types of recognitions.
In 2011, Angleton Police Department was recognized by the Texas Police Chief's Association as the 45th agency out of over 2000 in the state holding our department to highest standards. We have been recognized once, and will be again in 2019.
Chief Ashburn has always encouraged our employees to continue their education and training. Chief Ashburn holds a bachelor degree from Dallas Baptist University, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and a graduate of the Sam Houston State University Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Leadership Command College. He holds a Master Peace Officer certification with over 6200 combined training hours. He has earned certifications as a law enforcement instructor and crime prevention inspector.
Thank you, Chief David Ashburn, for your service to our community. It was an honor and privilege to serve under your leadership. May God bless you and your family!