Fulshear Police Department Captain Mike McCoy was only 50 years old when he retired from a 31-year career with the Houston Police Department in 2013. He began his career with Fulshear in April 2013.
The Pasadena native and his family moved to Fulshear in 2011, and he got to know some of the officers and liked what he saw.
“Because of the growth potential out here, the officers I had met along with the Chief of Police, Kenny Seymour, I thought it would be a nice challenge to retire from Houston and begin a new career with Fulshear, so I retired and applied,” McCoy said. “My heart will always be with Houston PD, but I still feel like I’m young enough to contribute here.”
The department had six officers just three years ago. They now have 20 and are continuing to grow.
McCoy started with Fulshear as a night-shift patrol officer, and has since promoted to Captain.
Houston has one of the largest police departments in the country, so it was something of an adjustment to join a small-town force.
“You wear a lot of hats because it’s a smaller town,” McCoy said. “In Houston, every single crime has its own division. In Fulshear, the officers will investigate the call from beginning to end. Fulshear’s not going to be small for long. It won’t be as big as Houston, but in the next 20 years, it could be as big as Sugar Land.”
McCoy’s lifelong dream was to become a police officer. In the early 1980s, the minimum age to join the force was 19 (it’s since changed to 21 years old).
McCoy graduated from Deer Park High and was working construction at 18 years old, when his boss told him that HPD was hiring.
He was accepted, graduated from the Houston Police Academy and worked in several roles over the course of his career. He was an HPD recruiter and also worked in Public Affairs.
As a recruiter, he asked his supervisor if he could start a blog, and the request was approved. The department continues to operate the blog, hpdblog.com.
McCoy also started HPD’s Facebook page, which has since grown to 104,269 “likes” as of last week. He is currently one of the officers working on Fulshear PD’s Facebook page. They didn’t have Facebook when he arrived, and it’s since grown to 9,330 “likes”.
McCoy sees social media as a positive tool to connect with the communities that law enforcement protects and serves.
“We quickly discovered with the click of a button, we can put the truth out there,” McCoy said. “It’s a great way to connect with the citizens on a personal level.”