Communities large and small need policemen and other security officers to help maintain order and provide services to their citizens. , Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Shenandoah, Bryan Carlisle discusses how his education has helped him help others.

(Photo courtesy of Bryan Carlisle)

(Photo courtesy of Bryan Carlisle)

What degree program did you study?

“Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement/Police Science, Minor in Psychology – Sam Houston State University”

What does your current job entail?

“I am responsible for 23 sworn officers and a $3 million budget. My daily duties include the management of police and investigative operations, internal affairs and our professional training and recognition efforts. I also serve as the agency’s Public Information Officer and engage in regular interaction with our local news media. I am blessed to have a tremendously talented and well-experienced staff that makes my job an absolute pleasure.”

Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?

“As far as establishing a relatively broad understanding of the role of criminal justice agencies, particularly police agencies, and many of the personal and societal dynamics that impact our duties – I believe that I was very well prepared to enter the police profession as a graduating senior from Sam Houston State University. However, preparation for my role as a leader and administrator has been a lifelong journey that I am still pursuing.”

Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?

“Stay energized and never stop learning. This job, by its very nature, will wear you down. You see and deal with a great deal of sadness and sorrow. However, you also get to experience the triumph of the human spirit and have the privilege of working amongst some of the greatest people you will ever know. The greatest pleasure I get from this job is teaching. Teaching others not only forces you to continue your own learning journey and personal growth, it reminds you of why you do the job and how special it is to be part of such an honorable profession – it gives you that spark, that energy, to keep moving forward.”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at


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