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LOCALS LOVE US: Burnet Police Department’s Jason Davis extends long arm of law to community

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — Coming from a small town, Burnet Police Department Patrol Capt. Jason Davis said he believes in strong partnerships among families, community and local law enforcement.“We’re trying to extend our arm  to the community, let them know if they need us, they can call us for anything, and we’ll come out and help them out,” he said.

The Burnet community recognized Davis’ work by selecting him for the “Locals Love Us” Burnet Law Enforcement honor.

Davis, 30, is the supervisor of the patrol division. He oversees the officers and handles administrative duties.

Originally from Blanco, his law-enforcement career in Burnet started with the Burnet County Jail. Nine years ago, he joined BPD as an officer. His wife, Kristen, works at the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office. They have a 2-year-old son.

“(Burnet’s) a little bit bigger than Blanco. It’s a tight-knit community,” he said. “It’s a good place to raise a family, a great place to work.”

He said programs such as National Night Out, during which families get to know local peace officers, plays an important role in binding the community together.

“As  the community has grown, we’re trying to grow with it. We’re trying to be more proactive and reach out more to the community, try to do more programs and activities,” he said. “It’s great to see the families come out. It gives them a chance to see the officers on a more personal level. It opens up the kids’ eyes that we can be good people.”

Davis’ past recognitions include the Wallace Riddell Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award by the Hill Country 100 Club and the Officer of the Year Award by the Burnet Chamber of Commerce. He credits the BPD staff as well as his philosophy about dealing with the public for his successes.

“I try to be fair and consistent. Those are the two most important things,” Davis said. “We have a lot of great officers and great people who work here. So it makes it a fun place to come to work every day.”

connie@thepicayune.com