Chief of Police Byron Frankland
Chief of Police Byron Frankland served the city of Galveston for 24 years, beginning in 1994, when he pinned on the badge of patrol officer.
Starting his patrol duties as an officer in the Night Watch Patrol Division, Frankland began working as a field training officer in 1995, then worked closely with residents, learning their greatest law enforcement concerns, as a member of the Community Policing Unit.
Frankland also served on the Galveston County Narcotics Task Force from 1999-2003. While on the task force, he served as both a field investigator and assistant task force commander.
In 2003, he was promoted to sergeant, working again with the Night Watch Patrol Division, as well as serving as a Field Training Supervisor with the Evening Watch Patrol Division, and finally working with the Major Crimes Division.
Frankland was promoted to lieutenant in 2008, and served as commander of the Night Watch Patrol Division, commander of the Administrative Division, and the SWAT team.
In 2011, Frankland assumed the role of Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Galveston, supervising two captains, six lieutenants, 25 sergeants and 152 patrol officers. In addition, he also commanded the Marine Division, Special Response, Mounted Patrol and Narcotics.
Beyond his deep commitment to law enforcement, Frankland is active in the community, serving as a guest speaker to local service clubs. He was recently invited to speak at the University of Texas Medical Branch Bioethics Dialogue Group on the intersection of the criminal justice system and mental health, and is active in many other civic and community organizations including the Galveston Downtown Business Owners, National Night Out, Citizens Police Academy, and Crime Stoppers.
Assistant Chief of Police Paul A. Hall
Assistant Chief of Police Paul A. Hall began his law enforcement career as a military policeman in 1986, exiting the service as a sergeant after eight years of honorable service. After leaving the military, Hall served in the Corrections Department of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, screening vehicular and pedestrian traffic in and out of his assigned facility and ensuring the physical safety and security of staff members and inmates.
Hall then transferred to Rockdale, Texas, serving the citizens as a patrol officer. A true member of the community, he not only contributed to the safety of residents, but in an effort to maintain the strong partnership between the Rockdale Police Department and the community, he assisted the residents of Rockdale with non-law enforcement related problems.
In 1998, Hall joined the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, working as a deputy, answering calls for service from citizens and enforcing applicable laws, before becoming a detective. As a detective, Hall served as the Sheriff’s Office representative on the Austin Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force, conducted criminal investigations in relation to suspected criminal offenses and criminal offenses relating to domestic and international acts of terrorism.
In 2006, Hall returned to uniformed service as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, working for citizen-soldiers as a special agent in the Criminal Investigations Division.
Hall’s most recent law enforcement duties, performed for the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Austin, Texas, have included direct management of investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division assigned to the Houston Office and supervising the Texas Attorney General’s Protective Detail, Human Trafficking Unit, the Joint Terrorism Task Force Investigators, the Public Integrity Unit, the Money Laundering Unit, and the Election Violations Section.
Management Assistant Edna Vela