The Parker County Sheriff’s Office is moving in new directions in training and preparedness with the recent hiring of Richard Evans, a former Los Angeles police sergeant and training officer.
Sheriff Larry Fowler recently hired Evans, who has an area of specialty that centers on training and weapons, as a deputy for the sheriff’s office.
Evans began his law enforcement career in 1993, with the Atlanta, Georgia Police Department. He spent three years in patrol before he was offered a position with the Los Angeles Police Department.
He spent the next 24 years moving through the ranks in patrol, training division, internal affairs, as a watch commander and as part of the department’s crime suppression task force. He also retired as a master peace officer and is a certified instructor on multiple weapon platforms.
He moved to Parker County in 2016, but desired to return to the field of law enforcement.
“When law enforcement is in your blood, it’s hard to leave something which has become such a part of your make-up,” Evans said.
Fowler was particularly interested in Evans’ experience as a firearms and tactics instructor, he said. Fowler is familiar with Los Angeles Police with his experience as a Deputy United States Marshal, and said he has come to know the department as one which is highly respected for their training.
“We knew he could benefit our department with his knowledge as the sergeant in charge of overseeing all testing of equipment for the [Los Angeles Police] department,” Fowler said. “His experience with testing, weapons selection, lesson plan development and department-wide approval of equipment for the LAPD stood apart.”
Evans said his previous duties were based upon the needs of the department due to current trends and best practices.
Fowler placed Evans on patrol and working with the training division coordinator. Evans also holds a position on the Parker County Regional Special Weapons and Tactics Team.
“As the [LAPD] sergeant in charge of testing and approval of equipment I managed and coordinated product evaluations for equipment items used by department personnel,” Evans said. “I developed course lesson plans and presented product evaluations for department approval.”
Evans also previously trained with LAPD patrol and SWAT using a rubber sponge 40mm less-lethal launcher. He said the 40mm is the best known way to de-escalate a situation quickly without serious injury to a suspect.
“Although our approach was not simple,” Evans said. “It was a solution bearing a positive ending of a potentially fatal situation for all parties involved with minimum risk.”
Fowler and Evans are of the same mind when it comes to de-escalation.
“We’ve seen the county’s continual population growth,” Fowler said. “We intend to prepare for what to expect as a law enforcement agency. We will train and equip our deputies and investigators with the tools and knowledge needed in order to keep them primed and organized for the anticipated growth.
“As a deputy with the Parker County and under the direction of Sheriff Fowler, I have been asked to draw upon my experience to bring cutting-edge equipment and training to our department in order to enhance public safety for all Parker County residents.
“At the direction of Sheriff Fowler, in my short time here I have assisted with the agencies de-escalation efforts by rolling out the 40mm less-lethal launcher,” said Evans. “Sheriff Fowler has also directed me to continue to expand the agency’s equipment and training program, and strive to make the Parker County Sheriff’s Office the nation’s example in modern policing.”
Fowler added the program is still in the assessment stage and will take extensive training and time before placing it into action.
“We are willing to invest our time and energy in life-saving measures,” Sheriff Fowler said. “The sheriff’s office is grateful to have deputies such as Evans.”