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Assistant Chief Strope began his career with the Borger Police Department in February of 2004. Throughout his career he has served in both patrol and support services divisions. While in patrol he served as a field training officer and promoted to patrol sergeant in early 2007. In November of 2007 he transferred to criminal investigations where he was a detective for seven years. During his time in both divisions he served in various roles on the department tactical unit (SWAT) including entry team, team leader and sniper. In 2014 he promoted to lieutenant of criminal investigations. This role was expanded in November of that year to include the rest of the support services division. He served as the division commander until July of 2016 when he was promoted to Assistant Chief. In addition to the duties of that office he also serves as the department public information officer.
Assistant Chief Strope holds a master peace officer license and is a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement certified instructor. He is the training coordinator for the department and encourages all officers to expand their knowledge and obtain the training they need to advance their peace officer certifications. Some of the classes he teaches are intermediate crime scene and self-aid/buddy-aid. He is also a certified instructor for Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) which he teaches throughout the community.
Assistant Chief Strope obtained his Associates of Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology in December of 2018. He is a graduate of the Leadership and Command College through Sam Houston State University and completed the intense 9-week course in June of 2018. He is also an FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association trilogy recipient. He maintains active memberships with FBI LEEDA, Texas Police Chiefs Association and Texas Municipal Police Association.