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A Deserving Honor

Dec 08, 2016 09:47AM ● By Ashley Pape

Robert Briggs has another shining accolade to his name: recognition as the Southlake Police Department’s Officer of the Year. Detective Corporal Briggs started with the Southlake PD in 2011 and also has 13 years of military service, including multiple state assignments and a tour in Afghanistan. Get to know this Texas Rangers-loving family man who takes great pride in getting to serve with the Southlake PD. 

How does it feel to receive the honor? I’m incredibly grateful and honored given the amount of great people I work with.

What motivates you to get up and go to work each day? Many things motivate me: the people I work with and the relationships we have, the people I serve and the appreciation they display. What motivates me the most, though, is my family and the love for what I do.

Tell us a little about your background. I was born in California but grew up in the Fort Hood area. When I was nearing my high school graduation I decided to enlist in the Army Reserves. I hit 13 years this past September.

Give us an idea of your current duties and responsibilities. At the Southlake Police Department, my primary position is corporal for the Criminal Investigations Division. With that position, I am responsible for assisting with the supervision of the division’s detectives. I am also currently in charge of training one of our new detectives. In addition, I am also a member of the North Tarrant Regional SWAT team and Southlake Honor Guard.

What do you find most rewarding about what you do? The pride my family has in me for doing this job.

You’ve received numerous commendations and decorations. Is there one that has special significance for you? The Bronze Star Medal I received while deployed in Afghanistan is most special to me.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?  My family; they are an ongoing, ever-rewarding achievement. I’m extremely blessed to have my wife and two kids. They are amazing.

Tell us a little about your family. What do you enjoy doing together? My wife is an excellent accountant. She and I met in Germany while serving in the military together, and we got married in 2009. My son is almost two and loves playing catch. My daughter is four and loves watching Disney movies and reading.

Traveling is our favorite thing to do as a family. We try and take at least one trip every year.

Aside from traveling, how do you spend your leisure time? A typical day off for me is spent with my family. What we do depends on the time of year and the weather. During baseball season, we like going to Texas Rangers games. We’re also Fort Worth Zoo and Children’s Museum members, and I like running and playing golf when I get the chance.

What’s something about you that might surprise people? It is on my bucket list to see the Rangers play in all 30 Major League ballparks. So far, we’ve been to Fenway, Wrigley, Kaufman, Angel’s Stadium, and of course, Globe Life. Five down, 25 to go!

That’s an ambitious goal! What’s your best memory from a Texas Rangers game? My favorite memory, by far, was being at the ballpark with my wife for game six of the 2010 ALCS. I’ll never forget how loud the crowd was when Neftali Feliz struck out Alex Rodriguez, sending us to the World Series for the first time. I just remember noise, confetti and fireworks. It was awesome.

What’s your favorite game-day snack? You can’t have a game-day party or tailgate without chips and dip.

What’s something on your Christmas wish list this year? My Christmas list is pretty much the same every year. Since we live in Texas and our family is spread out, I always wish for a white Christmas and the whole family being together under one roof.

Anything else you’d like to mention?

I want to thank the Southlake community for the outward gratitude they have shown our police department over the past couple of months. From handshakes to baked goods, it has all been uplifting. I would also like to thank the Southlake Rotary. My family and I appreciate everything they did for us during this year’s National Night Out.