Chief Vernon Hale was selected to be the Chief for the Galveston Police Department in December 2017 and began serving in that capacity February 9, 2018. The Galveston Police Department is the oldest municipal police department in Texas established in 1839, and currently employs 167 sworn officers. Chief Hale is only the 3rd Chief in history to be selected from outside the agency. Prior to joining the Galveston Police Department, Hale served as a Deputy Chief with the Dallas Police Department.
Chief Hale received a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science degree (UNT) with an emphasis in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, and Dispute Resolution. He also received a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas. Chief Hale is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) - Senior Management Institute.
Chief Hale has received numerous awards and fellowships throughout his career including School of Criminal Justice Alumni of the Year (UNT), Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Award, the German Marshall Fellow Award, the Sam Houston/International Police Program Award, the Urban League of Greater Dallas Torch Award, and the Elite News Local Heroes Law Enforcement Award.