North Lamar ISD Police Department
The Mission of North Lamar ISD Police Department is to provide the administration, students, and staff of the district with the highest level of professional police services possible. The education of our youth being paramount, and a safe learning environment being conducive with the goals and objectives of the district, it is therefore the responsibility of the North Lamar ISD Police Department to provide all lawful means of safety and security to the district while respecting the rights of all individuals. In achieving this mission, the men and women of the North Lamar ISD Police Department will conduct themselves in an ethical manner by respecting and protecting the rights of citizens as determined by the Constitution of the United States and State of Texas and being examples of honesty and integrity in their professional and personal lives, thereby earning the public trust.
Officer Boaz is a native of Paris, Texas and a graduate from Paris High School and Commerce Department of Public Safety with instruction in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. His career in Law Enforcement began as a Delta County Jailer/911 Dispatcher in 1989. He joined the Lamar County Sheriff's Department as a Field Deputy in 1990 where he worked in civil process, investigations and was a intoxilyzer operator. He joined the Paris Police Department in 1995 as a 911 Dispatcher and became a Police Officer in 1996. Patrol Officer Boaz was assigned to North Lamar ISD as a School Resource Officer in February of 2003. In July of 2017, Boaz was appointed as Chief of Police to the newly formed North Lamar ISD Police Department.
Chief Boaz assists the Student Crime Stoppers Program along with Coordinator/Assistant Principal Kendall Kirk and Officer Dagenhart. North Lamar Student Crime Stoppers has received numerous awards from the State of Texas. Due to the excellent participation in these programs, numerous investigations have been conducted and many crimes have been solved on and off campus. Chief Boaz is the Instructor for Law Enforcement Class in the Career and Technology Department at North Lamar High School.
Chief Boaz currently carries a Master Peace Officer License with the State of Texas and is a graduate of the Chief Development Program and continues in the Texas Police Chief Leadership Series at the Bill Blackwood Institute at Sam Houston State University. His other license consist of Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT Instructor), Homicide Investigations, County Jail Operations, Telecommunications Operator, F.B.I. Latent Finger Print Identification/Examination Expert, ALICE (Instructor), Gang Resistance Education Training (Instructor) and numerous other certifications such as a certified School Resource Officer and Investigations proficiency certifications. Chief Boaz has 30 years experience in Law Enforcement and was named Officer of the Year by his peers at the Paris Police Department in 1998.
Officer Akard is from the Paris area and is a Prairiland High School graduate. His law enforcement career started in 1995 with the Paris Police Department. In August 2003, he was assigned to the patrol division of the police department as a North Lamar ISD School Resource Officer. In July of 2017, Officer Akard was appointed as Captain at the newly formed North Lamar ISD Police Department.
Captain Akard teaches Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) classes to NLISD elementary students. The DARE program is a 10 week program that centers around the importance of making good decisions. It covers topics such as the harmful effects of tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, and inhalants and also covers friendships and peer pressure. When not teaching DARE, Officer Akard visits Higgins, Everett, Bailey, and Parker campuses to meet with the Kindergarten through 4th grade classes to help build the relationship between the younger students and the resource officers.
Captain Akard currently holds a Master Peace License with the State of Texas and has numerous certifications such as Homicide Investigations, Advanced Accident Reconstruction, Intoxilyzer Operator. Captain Akard has 23 years in law enforcement.
Officer Dagenhart is a graduate from Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas. He is honorably retired from the United States Army. After serving 22 years in the Army, Officer Dagenhart and his family returned to Paris where he began his career in Law Enforcement with the Paris Police Department. Officer Dagenhart was assigned as a School Resource Officer in August of 2008. In July of 2017, Office Dagenhart was appointed as a police officer with the newly formed North Lamar ISD Police Department.
Officer Dagenhart is a certified Gang Resistance Education and Training instructor and teaches the program to 6th grade students. Along with teaching G.R.E.A.T. classes, Dagenhart also conducts visits with students at the elementary level to help create a positive relationship with students at a younger level. He is the middle school coordinator for North Lamar Student Crime Stoppers, a program that has proven to be a huge asset to the school district.
Officer Dagenhart currently holds a Master Peace Officer License with the State of Texas. He also holds numerous certifications in Homicide Investigations, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Officer survival skills and other law enforcement certifications.
Officer Tuttle was born and raised in Paris, Texas and graduated from Paris High School and East Texas Police Academy. His career in Law Enforcement began in 1981 with the Paris Police Department as a reserve officer, then a communications officer and then a Patrol officer. Officer Tuttle extended his Law Enforcement career with the Lamar County Sheriff's Department until July 2017 when he retired as a Lieutenant Criminal Investigator. In July 2017 Officer Tuttle joined the newly formed North Lamar ISD Police Department.
Officer Tuttle currently holds a Master Peace Officer License with the State of Texas and has numerous certifications in Arson Investigations, Homicide Investigations, Burglary Investigations, Fingerprint Identifications and numerous other Certifications. Officer Tuttle has over 37 years of Law Enforcement experience and was voted officer of the year at both the Paris Police Department and the Lamar County Sheriff's Department.
Quick Tip is a support system that allows students to communicate with school administrators. While the district already has many programs to help students deal with challenges such as bullying behaviors, stress, peer pressure, and family problems, Quick Tip helps break the code of silence often experienced by students because it allows them to report concerns to administrators anonymously. Click on QUICK TIP above to submit a tip.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is not a crisis line. In cases of emergency, the site will direct students to call 911!
PUBLIC Q & A
Can North Lamar ISD police officers do everything other police departments can do?
Yes, our police officers are Texas peace officers fully certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and duly given the same duties, authorities, and immunities as all other Texas Peace Officers.
What makes our district different from the Sheriff's department, the municipal police, or the constables?
Our district police officers make up a specialized ISD law enforcement agency.
Can our officers arrest adults and/or juveniles?
Yes, our officers have this authority, just like any other peace officer in the state of Texas.
Can our officers take action against a non-student if they are not on school district property?
Yes, if an officer witnesses an offense, he will take action and let the agency that has primary jurisdiction in the area know what has occurred.
Do North Lamar ISD police officers have any authority at school functions that are not held on district property (i.e. prom, graduation, sporting events)?
Yes, wherever NLISD functions are held, our officers have authority on the property.
If other police departments need assistance, can our officers respond?
Yes, just as other law enforcement may respond to our officers' assistance, so may we respond to calls for assistance from other police departments.