Chief of Police
Chief of Police
As the administrative head of the agency, the chief is responsible for all of the planning, controlling, directing, coordinating, and staffing activities of the police department. He is responsible for the efficient allocation of resources as established through the budgetary process, as well as the department's relations with the local community, local government, and other related agencies. The chief reports to the town manager.
Rodney W. Harrison was sworn in as Chief of Police for the Town of Little Elm in 2015.
Rodney W. Harrison
Little Elm Police Department, Chief of Police
Chief of Police, Rodney Harrison is a law enforcement veteran, having served the State of Texas since 1990. Chief Harrison oversees the daily operations of the entire Police Department as well as serving as the public relations contact for the news media.
Chief Harrison began his law enforcement career in 1990 for the City of Port Arthur, Texas. Port Arthur has a diverse population of over 60,000 people. The first four years of his career he served as a patrol officer and was part of the pilot project for the community oriented policing program that Port Arthur still uses today.
- In 1994, he was selected to join the Criminal Investigation Division where he remained for eight years as a violent crime investigator.
- In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he returned to patrol for four years.
- In 2006, he returned to Investigations and supervised the violent crime unit. While supervising that unit he and his unit solved a 20 year old homicide which was considered the oldest solved cold case in Jefferson, County, TX.
- In 2009, he relocated to Orange County, Texas to join the Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy. Orange County had a population of 68,000 at that time and the Sheriff Department was staffed with 146 total employees consisting of Deputies, Supervisors, Detectives, Correction’s Officers and Civilians. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office.
- Rodney Harrison began working for LEPD on June 15, 2011 oversee the Support Services Division of the department. On Oct. 1st, 2013, Chief Harrison was promoted in rank to Deputy Chief of Police. One year later, he was promoted as Assistant Chief and as of July 13, 2015 he is the Chief of Police.
Rodney Harrison holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Lamar University. He currently has a Master Peace Officer License issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education and has completed over 2200 training hours.
In 2010, he graduated from the 242 Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Chief Harrison looks forward to being a part of the community and feels it is an honor to work with such a dedicated group of officers and civilian staff who are committed to serve the needs of the citizens of Little Elm.
- 2011 – Present LEISD Safety Committee
- 2012 - 2013 President of PTA of Little Elm High School
- 2013 - 2016 President of Little Elm High School Baseball Booster Club
- 2016 – Present Board Member of Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County