New Officer Joins Fairview Police Department
As a child, newly sworn in Fairview Officer Corey Braggs found himself gravitating to all things police related. If he had a remote control car, he would add police lights to it. If he was playing a video game, he chose the police vehicle. However, it wasn’t until attending college at Kansas State University that he changed his major from engineering to criminology. Once he changed his major, he transferred to University of Texas Dallas. He graduated from UTD with a degree in Criminology in May of 2018.
After doing ride-alongs with a few local police agencies, Braggs found that he liked his experience with Fairview more than other agencies. He said, “I like the camaraderie. I rode with (Officers) Tomlinson and Hernandez. Whoever I was with, someone was always there for backup.” Braggs applied for a position with Fairview Police Department before attending academy. Fairview PD sponsored him to attend Collin College Law Enforcement Academy. He graduated from the academy on Dec. 12, 2018, and began working with Fairview PD on Dec. 13.
At age 23, Braggs is currently the youngest police officer serving in the Fairview Police Department. He is being trained by Fairview police officers and will continue in that capacity for approximately six months. He is always with a F.T.O. (Field Training Officer). He said that on Christmas Day he started driving a police vehicle, he laughingly added, “Maybe that was my Christmas present.”
He describes a typical shift, “I get dressed then check the car for maintenance. I calibrate the radars and logon to dispatch. I get gas if needed. We patrol neighborhoods. (Braggs lived in Fairview and knows the neighborhoods, now he is working on learning all the street names.) This morning we directed traffic at Sloan Creek Intermediate. We run radar and look for expired registration. We eat lunch, if there is time.”
Thus far he has initiated the stops that led to two arrests. One person was speeding, 62 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. zone. Initially the driver provided a false name; once they had the correct name, it was found that the driver had warrants. The officers smelled marijuana and confiscated what they found. The second arrest was for a person who had a warrant for family assault. This person was pulled over because their tail lights were off. Braggs also responded to a request for assistance from another Fairview officer. The driver was going 92 m.p.h. on Hwy. 75. The driver was a convicted felon. A firearm was found in the glove box along with a marijuana and meth pipe. An arrest was made.
He said his favorite aspect of being an officer is interacting with little kids. He likes to provide them with a positive experience with law enforcement. Their smiles and laughter, when he gives them stickers, is one of the highlights of his day. Braggs voiced appreciation for his current Field Training Officer, Corporal Nick Lovren and said he has been very helpful.
Caption: Fairview Officer Corey Braggs graduated from Collin College Law Enforcement Academy on Dec. 12, 2018 and started training with Fairview Police Department on Dec. 13, 2018.