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DPPD adds Marshall to its ranks

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Matthew Marshall was sworn in as the newest member of the Deer Park Police Department Wednesday afternoon. The Pasadena native worked in the Denton County Sherriff’s Office before relocating to the Houston area for a position in Deer Park.

NEwOfficerMarshallDPPD Officer Matthew Marshall has his badge pinned by his mother Lucia Canales Wednesday. Marshall was sworn in as the newest member of the Deer Park Police Department a few minutes earlier. Photo by Travis Young.The Deer Park Police Department welcomed Officer Matthew Marshall to its ranks during a small ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

Marshall, who was born in Pasadena and graduated from Pasadena Memorial High School in 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Texas and is a member of the Texas Army National Guard.

He graduated from the Houston Community College Basic Police Officer Academy in July. DPPD Chief Greg Grigg gave Marshall his oath of office.

As is his tradition, Grigg spoke about the importance of an oath as it relates to authority.

“An office is something to bestowed by others. You don’t seize it for yourself. It’s so you can act in a governing capacity. Police are given authority to take life, liberty and property and those are big responsibilities so we hold officers to a higher standard,” Grigg said. “It’s an office that is used to serve others with fairness, equity and compassion and not your benefit.”

Grigg said throughout history, there have been men and women who have used authority for the benefit of the community they serve, and unfortunately to the benefit of themselves.

He spoke of Roman military leader and statesman Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, who was known for his civic virtue. Cincinnatus was repeatedly pulled from his farm, asked by citizens to lead them against invaders. When he deemed his services were no longer needed, he left his authority and returned to his farm.

Grigg quoted Abraham Lincoln to demonstrate his thoughts.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Power can be compared to a great river; while within bounds it is both beautiful and useful. But when it overflows its bounds, it destroys,” he said.

He also spoke about the humility of a police officer, bringing forth the Gospel of Mark.

“The disciples had arguments about who would be the greatest among them. They were about power,” Grigg said.

Christ’s response was that if any of them wanted to be first they would be last of all and a servant of all, he said.

Grigg then gave Marshall his oath of office and DPPD’s Chaplain’s Corps presented him with a Peace Officer’s Bible.