Public Safety

Welcome to the Oak Point Department of Public Safety. We believe that the citizens of Oak Point are served by some of the finest first responders in the world. The Oak Point Department of Public Safety is a full-service agency consisting of 24/7 police, fire, and EMS services. We serve a population of over 25,000 residents and growing. We are staffed by professional practitioners of police and fire services that are committed to the success of the City of Oak Point. We take ownership of our responsibility to serve the public good and maintain public trust.

In 1829 Sir Robert Peele, who established the London Metropolitan Police demonstrated forward thinking far ahead of his time when he correctly stated that, “The public are the police and the police are public”. This is the foundation of an ethical police department. When I began my career in police services 18 years ago, those were some of the first words that I heard on the first day of the Tarrant County College Police Academy, in Fort Worth, Texas. Those words were as true on that day as they were when Sir Robert Peele first presented them to his department. They remain true today and apply to both police and fire services. The truth is, we cannot be as effective as we want to be, or as our citizens deserve, without the full cooperation of the public. I believed this as an idealistic police recruit. I believe this today.

The Oak Point Department of Public Safety is dedicated to partnering with our citizens in the ideal and equitable administration of justice and service, as well as our partnership with other first responders in Denton County. The very reason we exist is to ensure a safe environment where we can all pursue an enhanced quality of life.

The Oak Point Department of Public Safety is a learning organization that engages in on-going training at all levels of the organization. Whether it is our required monthly 4-hour training, advanced training for officers, leadership courses, or specialized training for special assignments, the Oak Point First Responder is constantly engaged in training and education, which will lead to a more professional, open, forward-thinking agency. This learning culture is what will continue to set us apart as we begin to strengthen our presence in the now and future of our community and build on existing relationships, as well as forming new ones.

We believe that no person or group deserves to be marginalized for any reason. We take the health and safety of our community seriously and will devote all resources and efforts to keeping Oak Point safe. We recognize that our badge of office is a public trust conferred upon us to be held so long as we remain true to the oath that each of us has taken.

We will hold true to this oath and seek to fulfill our goal to become the safest city in Denton County.

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Douglas Tatu 

Director of Public Safety | Chief of Police