Hutto Police Department Promotes First Female Sergeant
Hutto, Texas — During a ceremony on Jan. 31, the Hutto Police Department promoted Ofc. Mary Clements to sergeant. As Hutto’s first female sergeant, Clements’ promotion is a testament to the diversity and growth of the department.
“I’m really excited to step into this new role,” said Sgt. Clements. “I’ve been working hard, and this is a great department to come up in.”
As part of the Criminal Investigations Division, Clements helps investigate criminal offenses, collect information to prepare cases for prosecution, and contribute to the overall reduction in crime.
“I’m very excited to have her as the first female sergeant,” said Lt. Cody Cazalas, CID division commander. “I think very highly of her. She really cares about the other officers and the citizens we work for and it shows in her work ethic and her interactions, both in the department and with residents.”
“After I brought in Hutto Police Chief Byron Frankland just shy of two years ago, I am pleased to see that the department’s focus on training and education is paying off,” said City Manager Odis Jones. “As Hutto has grown over the past several years, Chief Frankland has made it a priority to prepare for the increased demands on his officers,” said Jones. “Promoting Clements is just the first step in building the professional depth he sees as necessary to keep up with the increasing population.”
“When I got here, I saw a lot of officers who wanted to learn,” said Frankland, “so we changed up the training to make sure our officers know how to do their jobs and prepare to step into leadership roles.”
Frankland credits support from City Manager/CEO Odis Jones as crucial to the department’s success.
“The city manager has always been behind this department,” said Frankland. “Safe communities help draw businesses, and he’s absolutely committed to public safety.”
The hard work by the officers of the Hutto Police Department are paying off. In November 2018, the yearly crime report presented to the City Council showed an overall downward trend in crime rates across the City.
In fiscal year 2018, although calls for service rose 12 percent, overall citations fell 16 percent, and the report reflected a decrease in burglaries, robberies, criminal mischief and driving while intoxicated offenses among others, as compared to fiscal year 2017.
The crime report numbers are reflected in Hutto’s recent ranking the second-safest city in Texas by the home security system review website, The Home Security Advisor. The website looked at the 2017 FBI crime statistics, combined violent and property crimes, then divided by the number of residents.
Texas averages 439 violent crimes per 100,000, and 2,563 property crimes per 100,000 residents. Hutto averaged 22 violent crimes and 138 property crimes.
To normalize the findings across various population centers, the website normalized the finding to reflect a weighted average per 100,000 residents.
Those downward trends aren’t just figures to Sgt. Clements.
“I really feel like I make a difference here,” said Clements. “You can see it every day, when people wave or stop you to chat, and when they trust you during some of the hardest times they may face. They know we care.”
As areas around Hutto continue to grow and add officers to their law enforcement agencies, Frankland remains optimistic about the direction of the department.
“If you want to work for a growing department, train hard, learn from seasoned officers, and make a difference in a great community,” he said. “Come talk to me. We’ll put you to work.”