Austin police assistant chief named new head of Denton police


The Denton Police Department named a top Austin police official to become its new police chief.

Assistant Chief Frank Dixon oversaw the Bomb Squad and SWAT’s team response to the Austin bombings.

Austin police Assistant Chief Frank Dixon has been selected to lead the Denton Police Department, the North Texas city announced Friday.

Dixon will begin as Denton’s police chief on Oct. 15, the city said in a statement.

“I am humbled and excited to become the next chief of the Denton Police Department,” Dixon said in a city of Denton statement. “The Denton Police Department is composed of dedicated men and women who proudly serve the community. My goals as chief will be to continue to engage the Denton community, work with citizens to make Denton safer, and create partnerships with civic, neighborhood and community groups to address the unique and diverse issues facing communities today.”

Dixon currently oversees the Austin police South Patrol bureau, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport unit and the special operations division, which includes the SWAT team, bomb squad, air support unit and K-9 unit. He oversaw these teams’ response during the bomb attacks that terrorized Austin in March.

“Chief Dixon has proven to be an innovative and experienced leader throughout his career,” said Denton city manager Todd Hileman. “Frank has demonstrated a commitment to community policing and community engagement strategies. His experience in many aspects of law enforcement has prepared him well to move the Denton Police Department forward.”

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley congratulated Dixon on Twitter on Friday.

“I am proud of Chief Dixon,” Manley said. “He has served the Austin Police Department with great leadership. I have no doubt he will continue to show that same leadership at the Denton Police Department. I look forward to seeing all the amazing things he will accomplish.”

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