Parker County Today March 2018 - Page 76

David S. Irvin’s Positively Parker County Lance Arnold and family Chief of Police Lance Arnold can’t remember a time when he didn’t want to be in law W eatherford enforcement. When he was only 5 years old in Longview, Texas, Arnold spent his time at his great-grand- 74 mother’s house issuing tickets for expired inspection stickers and tags along her street with her receipt book. As time moved forward, he decided to pursue a career with more financial rewards. After gradu- ating high school and moving to Norman, Okla., to attend the University of Oklahoma, Arnold decided about halfway through college to shift his path to pursue a career field that is more passion-driven versus financially driven. This led him back to something he’d always been truly passionate about: law enforcement. After graduating college, Arnold had plans to return to Texas; however, when he applied at the Norman Police Department for experience of the application process, it turned into a 20-year career in the college town. Arnold met the woman who would become his wife (they’ve now been married for 20 years), Raeann, during his time in Oklahoma. He finally convinced her to make the move to Texas, last July. The Arnolds have two boys, both are currently enrolled in Weatherford ISD: a 16-year-old who plays football and baseball and a 13-year-old who is a cheerleader and thespian. With goals in mind for the police department this year, Arnold plans to be proactive in reducing crime and collisions through DDACTS, or Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety. Along with this, he is bringing in a new records management system, which can help analyze data in order to help prevent crime and wrecks instead of merely reacting to these issues. With the growing population of Parker County, Arnold plans to increase the staff needed throughout Weatherford, including school resource officers. When asked what Parker County should know about him, Arnold replied that although he has a great education and experience in a larger city, he is a small-town country boy at heart, which is one reason why he loves the small-town feel of Weatherford. In his free time, Arnold enjoys doing anything in the outdoors, such as hiking, fishing, and hunting. About Irvin David S. Irvin, The Portrait Photographers, is a nationally recognized photographer. Irvin has photographed six presidents and a variety of celebrities, including Garth Brooks and Nolan Ryan. He has also been recognized by Kodak as one of the top 25 photographers in the United States. Irvin photographs notable families in the Fort Worth area who have ties to area businesses. To see additional photos by David S. Irvin, visit