Office of Professional Development
The Office of Professional Development is responsible for developing and maintaining the Department's General Directives and Standard Operating Procedures. The O.P.D. keeps department policies current with changes in the law and educational requirements of department personnel. It maintains the current training schedule as well as past training records for the entire department. The O.P.D. is responsible for wrecker inspections and permitting as well as wrecker driver individual licensing. This office also assists the Patrol Division with patrol functions as necessary, assists in quality control of crash reporting and handles several other administrative duties for the Department.
Sergeant Hefferin served in the United States Navy from 1993 to 1998 and was dischargedat the rank of E-4 / Third Class Petty Officer. After completing hismilitary service, he began his law enforcement career as a Civilian Jailer forthe Houston Police Department. Later that same year, Sgt. Hefferin movedto the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office as a Corrections Officer. Sgt.Hefferin attended the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy in 1999 where heexcelled and was awarded the David Braunholz Top Gun Award for Professionalismand Marksmanship. Sgt. Hefferin later transferred to the Sheriff's Office PatrolDivision.
Sgt. Hefferin began working with the Bellaire Police Departmentin 2004 and has served the City of Bellaire in multiple capacities includingPatrol Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Special Response Team Operator, andAssistant Team leader. Sgt. Hefferin also created the Bellaire Honor Guard andis currently assigned to the Office of Professional Development. Sgt.Hefferin enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, volunteering andattending functions at his church, expanding his professional knowledge byattending law enforcement training classes, and his yearly hunting trips withfriends and family.