Police Women of Wylie
Wylie Police Department (WPD) is a growing agency that wants our team to reflect the community we serve. WPD plans to continue to add women to our force of dedicated officers who thrive in their abilities to adapt to a challenging and constantly changing environment. Law Enforcement is a future in the service of others and allows officers to choose a variety of roles in an impactful and rewarding career that you can be proud of. Here is what a few of the police women of Wylie are saying:
Officer Arroyo - Community Relations
"I began my career with Wylie Police Department in 2007 after serving four years in the U.S Marine Corps. When looking where to begin my law enforcement career, it was important for me to find a department whose culture was a good fit for me, one which would provide opportunities for growth, and one where I could have a healthy work-life balance. Wylie Police Department has been what I was looking for. During my time with Wylie Police Department, I have earned my Bachelor in Business Administration from Texas A&M Commerce; I've been part of Bicycle Patrol and Crisis Negotiations Team and have worked as a Patrol Officer, Detective, and currently serving as the Community Relations Officer. Ooorah!"
Detective Fields - Crimes Against Children / North Texas ICAC Task Force / Forensic Examiner
"In 2007, after 8 years in Emergency Medical Services, I transitioned from EMS to law enforcement. I had spent several years caring for severely injured children at a local Dallas hospital, and my goal was to become a child abuse detective. I started with WPD in 2007 as a dispatcher, became a patrol officer in 2009, a Crimes Against Persons detective in 2012 and a Crimes Against Children Detective in 2015. The department has been good to me. They send me to thousands of hours in training, all over the US, to further my skills and continue to grow in my current position as a Detective, working from within the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. In 2017, Wylie PD allowed me to join the North Texas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force as the first officer in our agency to proactively target offenders who use the internet to prey on children. That role has continued to develop and has now given me the opportunity to become a certified cell phone and computer forensic examiner. The Wylie Police Department has supported and allowed me to think outside the box, continue to pursue new ideas, and even accomplish goals no one in our agency had previously attempted. My career in law enforcement has let me live my dreams and afforded me the financial stability, freedom and spare time to be a single mother and successfully raise three, now adult, children."
Officer Freeman - Patrol Division / Hostage & Crisis Negotiations
"I began my law enforcement career as a jailer with the City of Mesquite in 2004. After serving as a jailer for two and one-half years, I felt prepared and energized to take the next step in my career. I was hired by the University of Texas Systems Police Department in 2010 and attended their police academy in Austin. I spent the next two years working at UT Southwestern in their patrol division. In 2012, I was hired by the Wylie Police Department and have spent the past eight years serving in different roles within the department - patrol division, school resource officer, and crisis negotiations team. I liked the idea of working in a more rural area than a big city. I felt there would be more opportunities for me in a department that was growing. As a School Resource Officer from 2015 to 2019 I had the privilege of helping to facilitate the Youth Enrichment Programs and Junior Police Academies during the summer months. It was very rewarding to play a part in improving the leadership skills and positive decision making of these young adults. In my spare time I enjoy retreating to my 63-acre ranch with my husband Mike, who is a sergeant at a neighboring police agency. I also enjoy girls' weekends and traveling from the ski mountains of Montana all the way to the island of Cozumel!"
Officer Louster - School Resource Officer / Hostage & Crisis Negotiations
"I started my life early; I was married and had my first child by the age of 21. I always wanted to be in law enforcement but for me, it was not the right time. I went into the title industry and worked my way up for about 10 years before becoming a personal trainer. I needed flexibility with my kids' schedules. In 2017, I decided it was time to start a career in law enforcement. The WPD has proved to be a family-oriented and a mental health-aware police department. I am able to get to my kids' sporting events and be there when they have a day off from school. In addition, I have the opportunity to help people in their worst moments, even if just for the night. My goal in the police academy was to become a School Resource Officer. In 2019, I achieved my goal and became a School Resource Officer for McMillan Junior High, Davis Intermediate, Dodd Elementary, and Birmingham Elementary. In 2019, I was also selected to become a member of the Hostage/Crisis Negotiations Team. I now have the opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of our next generation."
Detective Pollard - Criminal Investigations / Fraud & Identity Theft
"I was a part of the Independent Studies program at my high school. I selected several careers of interest and studied each of these throughout my senior year. I narrowed the field and determined my true calling was to be a police officer, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Detective one day! I put myself through college where I studied Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Psychology. I started my law enforcement career in the DFW area as a 911 operator. After serving approximately three years as a 911 operator, I was ready to get out of the office and out on the streets into the action! In 2013, I was hired by the Wylie Police Department, where I have served many roles including: Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Intoxilyzer Operator, and SFST Instructor. I am always looking to further my career and skills and I love that WPD allows me to do so. I love the small town atmosphere, and I enjoy teaching and helping others. I am proud to say that I made it to the rank of Detective and am living my dreams! I am happily married to my firefighter sidekick, we have one son with a baby girl on the way! We enjoy the outdoors and travelling to see the Texas Rangers at different stadiums in our spare time. "
Corporal Taylor - Patrol Division / Hostage & Crisis Negotiations
"I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M University where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. I was a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Women's Rugby team where I served as team captain my senior year. Once I graduated, I knew I wanted a career where every day was going to be unique, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time. I found what I was looking for in the Wylie Police Department. I have been with the department since 2007 and during that time I have served on the Crisis Negotiations Team, investigated crimes against children as a Detective, and promoted to the rank of Corporal in the patrol division. I love spending my spare time glamping in the camper with my husband and golden retriever or traveling to Caribbean destinations by air and cruise ship!!!"
Corporal Williams - Patrol Division / Field Training Officer / Honor Guard Supervisor
"I have 10 years of law enforcement experience, a Bachelor's in Criminology and a minor is Sociology. In these 10 years, I worked for a West Atlanta, Ga., police department where I served as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics agent, and supervisor over the department’s traffic unit. I moved to Texas to start my career with the Wylie Police Department. I was drawn to Wylie and I’m still drawn by the department’s family atmosphere with Chief Henderson. He and his Command Staff are determined to lead. They are supportive and fair. I currently serve as an FTO and Honor Guard Supervisor, as well as Patrol Corporal Night Shift Supervisor. I am married and have one stepson and I’m an expecting mother. I enjoy working out and being outdoors in my spare time."