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 discharged at the rank of E-4 / Third Class Petty Officer. After completing his military service, he began his law enforcement career as a Civilian Jailer for the Houston Police Department. Sgt. Hefferin then moved to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office as a Corrections Officer and attended the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy in 1999 where he excelled and was awarded the David Braunholz Top Gun Award for Professionalism and Marksmanship. Sgt. Hefferin later transferred to the Sheriff's Office Patrol Division.
Sgt. Hefferin began working with the Bellaire Police Department in 2004 and has served the City of Bellaire in multiple capacities including Patrol Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Special Response Team Operator, and Assistant Team leader. Sgt. Hefferin also created the Bellaire Honor Guard and is currently assigned to the Office of Professional Development. Sgt.Hefferin enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, volunteering and attending functions at his church, expanding his professional knowledge by attending law enforcement training classes, and his yearly hunting trips with friends and family.