On September 1 a gathering assembled at the home of Rosemary Kruckemeyer to honor her son David whose retirement from the Arlington Police Department after 32 years was effective the preceding day. During those years he received 64 official commendations and a number of departmental awards.
David began as a patrol officer in 1980 and later earned his police instructor license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education. In 1983 he was selected to be the department’s K-9 officer/handler. Five years later while continuing these duties working a patrol/narcotic detection dog he became a K-9 instructor. He developed training courses for other Arlington canine teams and implemented canine programs for other police departments. David was utilized as an expert witness for the FBI, and assisted in compiling the wording for the Texas law that is used to protect police service animals. He worked with a total of 3 service dogs.
From 1985 through 2000 he was an operator on the Arlington Police Department’s S.W.A.T. unit. He was a police sniper on the team and in 1993 his duties included the role of tactical team instructor. He was also an instructor in defensive tactics, tactical baton, side-handle baton, pressure point control tactics and impact weapons systems.
Beginning in 1996 he became an instructor in the D.A.R.E. program . During that time he taught the program and implemented programs to reduce the violence occurring on campus.
He became a school resource officer in 2000 and continued to his retirement. One of the main goals was to reduce violence and provide a safe environment. He developed and presented classes to students at junior high and high schools like “Youth and the Law – Winning the game” and “Making Ethical Decisions” which programs were very successful. He also conducted a one and a half year study to reduce gang activity and violence at an Arlington high school. David developed and presented numerous programs including a gang Power Point presentation that taught school staff how to recognize and address gang activity. He developed the Arlington Independent School District’s current response to critical incidents involving fire, severe weather, and intruder/active shooter responses and provided training for administrators, staff and teachers. He was a member of the Code of Conduct committee for the Arlington school district for several years. During this time he was also the Lead Advisor for the Police Department’s Explorers program and had the responsibility for making the program successful and for ensuring the young people who participated were given the proper guidance and relevant training.
He holds a Master Police Certification and a Mental Health Officer Certification and was a first responder to persons with mental impairments.