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Detective’s efforts make a diffference

Denton police Detective Terry Brooks is modest about his achievements, and we can appreciate that, but we believe he deserves to be congratulated for a recent honor he received from the Heroes of Denton County organization.

Brooks, a 12 1/2-year veteran of the department, was named Officer of the Year by the nonprofit organization, which was founded in 2002 with the mission of generating community support for public safety officers and their families and to provide immediate support to the families of fallen officers within the county.

This is the first time that a Denton officer has received the award, although others have been nominated, said Officer Ryan Grelle, spokesman for Denton police.

Sgt. Scott Jenkins, Brooks’ supervisor, nominated him for the award. In the nomination letter to Denton Police Chief Lee Howell, Jenkins said the most impressive aspect of Brooks’ approach to law enforcement is his ability to balance work and family.

Jenkins also told us he admires Brooks’ demeanor, which is laid-back, faith-driven and humble.

That’s quite a recommendation, but it’s even more impressive when you consider Brooks’ record.

For two and a half years, Brooks has been part of the Eastern District of Texas’ Joint Fugitive Task Force and Jenkins stated in his nomination letter that Brooks, cross-credentialed as a special deputy U.S. marshal, was directly responsible for 227 arrests and 330 filed charges during a one-year period ending July 10.

In addition to serving on the task force, where he helped capture three homicide suspects and four of Texas’ most wanted fugitives this year, Brooks is assigned to the Denton Repeat Offender Program, of which he said his focus is on career criminals mainly involved in drugs and weapons offenses.

But no matter what he is doing, Brooks said, the officers have the same goals — wanting to hold people accountable for their actions — and that’s what enables them to be so efficient in their jobs.

“It’s the satisfaction of having those guys off the street,” he said. “It helps people sleep at night.”

Brooks said he was honored to be singled out for the award, but added that he couldn’t have done anything without his peers. He emphasized that it takes the whole unit to get the job done.

The detective said he could think of several officers around the county who are more deserving than he is — that he’s just doing his job.

Well, that’s the point, Detective Brooks, and we thank you for doing such a good job and helping provide effective law enforcement for the city and county. In our view, you are an outstanding representative of your department and your profession.

Thanks to you and the many other fine officers who serve Denton County, we can all sleep better at night.