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DPPD adds Mathur, Smiers to its ranks

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

Jay Mathur and Dustin Smiers took their oaths to serve and protect as the Deer Park Police Department’s newest officers this week. Both were hired last year and were sworn in Monday by Chief Greg Grigg in a small ceremony at DPPD Headquarters.

New employees 2 5 2018Deer Park Police Chief Greg Grigg (left) introduced five new department employees this week. They are (from left) civilian employees Telecommunicator Kaitlin Roark, Public Safety Attendants Enedelia Rios and Eduard Valles; and Officers Dustin Smiers and Jay Mathur. Smiers and Mathur were sworn into their positions this week. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.The Deer Park Police Department added Jay Mathur and Dustin Smiers to its ranks this week.

Mathur was born in Wayne, N.J., and graduated from James E. Taylor High School in Katy in 2006 where he was a member of the football team. He attended the University of Houston where he graduated with a degree in finance.

After graduating from Pasadena Memorial High School, Smiers joined the Iowa Army National Guard and attended the University of Dubuque in Iowa. While there, he earned his bachelor of science degree in aviation management. He also spent one year with the Texas Army National Guard.

DPPD Chief Greg Grigg said there are many important days in a police officer’s career, including the day they are sworn in. He said officers swear by an oath into duty because of the power and trust that is given to them to serve their communities.

“An office is bestowed by others and is granted by others. The higher the trust, the more that you have to understand what is given to you,” he said. “An office is granted to serve others with equity, fairness and compassion. It’s not granted to the office bearer’s benefit.”

Grigg said the news is filled with examples of persons taking an oath of office and using trust and power to benefit themselves. 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 thinking in terms of power and not of service.,” 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.

“To lead, you must learn to follow. If you can’t follow someone else, you can’t lead others,” he said.

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.

Following his reminders about power, trust and service, Grigg gave Mathur and Smiers their oaths and welcomed them into the department.

After the ceremony, Grigg also introduced new civilian employees Kaitlin Roark, telecommunicator and Public Safety Attendants Enedelia Rios and Eduardo Valles.