Patrick Arata, a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been named the new Trophy Club Chief of Police. He will officially assume office Nov. 3.
"I knew that I had the skills to lead the department into the future, but proving it to the town manager and staff making the decision was my challenge," Arata said. "During one of the interviews, the comment was made by Town Manager Mike Slye, 'You have thought a lot about this.'
"My reply was, yes. Once I decided to apply I gave it 1,000 percent to prove I was the right person for the job," Arata said.
Arata was selected out of 12 candidates interviewed. He was vetted by two panels, an external panel of police chiefs and key persons who will work closely with the chief.
Arata replaces Scott Kniffen, who retired Sept. 26 after eight years leading the TCPD.
The new chief comes to the job in Trophy Club from the Fort Worth-based DEA office, where he served for 24 years in various capacities.
His most recent position was assistant special agent in charge, and it equipped him with leadership management experience as he managed over 140 employees and a $32 million program budget.
Additionally, he supervised the training unit for DEA special agents, state and local law enforcements, served as community relations liaison, and worked with various community leaders, agencies and civic groups.
Arata previously was staff coordinator in Washington D.C., where he worked with U.S. and foreign counterparts to amend and strengthen global initiatives to develop and implement operating procedures aimed at controlling and monitoring trade in precursor chemicals by governments. He served as supervisory special agent in Jackson, Mississippi, a special agent in Los Angeles, worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, and was an investigator with his native New Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office.
"I think Patrick will be a great fit for our community and the police department," said Slye. "This is a win-win for Trophy Club. I look forward to great things coming from the police department in the future."
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Arata said his immediate and long-term goals for the TCPD include creating a team environment, fostering communication internally and externally, and developing a stronger relationship between the community and the police department.
"As a team we have the opportunity to move the department forward by better utilizing technology, such as social media, and interacting frequently with residents and businesses in a more effective manner," Arata said.
Arata said he is excited about the upcoming new police station.
"I look forward to having a new police building and think the town needs a professional establishment that not only gives the residents pride in their department, but also a professional environment for the officers and staff to take pride in their work," he said.
Arata and his wife, Nicole, have five children. All five attend schools in Trophy Club.
"We moved to Trophy Club three years ago and have loved the town from day one," Arata said. "The opportunity to lead the town's police department doesn't come available that often and the timing just happened to work.”