Chief of Police Darrel Broussard was born in Cleveland, Texas and attended Cleveland I.S.D. schools, and graduated from Cleveland High School “Class of 1981”. Having a great love for athletics and participating in all sports led him to attend Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
In May of 1987 Chief Broussard started working for the Cleveland Police Department and 26 years later is committed to keeping our community safe. He was assigned as an evening shift patrolman for about a year; before being assigned to the night shift. While working the streets he was able to catch several burglars in the act, inside of businesses and buildings. He was very instrumental in cleaning up many narcotic hang-outs with the assistants of fellow officers. By “knowing his beat” so well, he was very fortunate to work with several Officers, and Narcotic Agents through out this area over the years on operations that helped identify suspected illegal drug dens, and helped to reduce illegal drugs on our streets, and neighborhoods. In 1991 he was promoted from Patrolman to the rank of Patrol Sergeant, and in 1992 he was promoted to Patrol Captain a position he severed for 18 years.
In June of 2012 Chief Broussard was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police, and later proudly promoted to the current rank of Chief of Police in October of 2012. After each promotion he continued to work hard at keeping our community safe. He begin to study and complete various courses dealing with Criminal Justice Management and Supervision by attending state prescribed training at Lamar University, University of Houston- Downtown, and Sam Houston State University. He has completed formal training courses at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston Sate University in the fields of Public Information Officer, and Command Staff Leadership, and New Chief Development. He has successfully completed all required Peace Officer Incident Command System training through the State of Texas, the Division of Emergency Management Office.
During the later part of 1985 Broussard begin his law enforcement career at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department assigned as a Deputy Jailer, he also attended specialized training at the Harris County Sheriff’s Academy where he became a State Certified Jailer. Chief Broussard had the privilege to work with many Deputies and Investigator’s through out Liberty County. Broussard later attended and graduated from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Academy in Conroe. After graduating from the MCSO Law Enforcement Academy as a Texas Commissioned Peace Officer in September of 1986 he returned to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, and began his duties as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the North End Patrol Division.
On several occasions he led the department in the total number of annual arrest. In 1990 he was awarded “Officer of the Year”. He has received various awards over his career: “The Chief of Police Commendation”- in 1990, “Distinguished Commander Commendations”- in 2010, and 2011. “Department’s Top Arrest”- in 1989. One of the most awarding accomplishments Broussard said, he has received has been the “great community support” expressed by many citizens of this community.
Chief Broussard said, having parents who were both educators has encouraged him to strive for continuous education and training for he and his staff. Chief Broussard currently holds a Master Peace Officer’s Certification from TCLEOSE since 2001.
Chief Broussard stated he pledge to the citizens of Cleveland that he will encourage the recruitment of officers and staff who are highly motivated, professional, and well-trained with the lasted law enforcement equipment, and technology in order to prevent crime, and create a safe community for those who live, work, or visit our city.