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Bryan Cose Named Interim Chief of Police in Denton, Texas

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Denton, TX – The City of Denton has appointed Deputy Chief Bryan Cose as the Interim Chief of Police, effective February 13, 2024. This announcement comes after the resignation of former Chief Doug Shoemaker. Cose, a seasoned member of the Denton Police Department, brings over twenty years of experience to his new role.

Starting his career as a patrol officer in 2003, Cose has climbed the ranks within the department, contributing in various capacities. His tenure includes significant roles in the Traffic Safety Unit, serving as the Public Information Officer, and supervising traffic enforcement operations upon his promotion to Sergeant in 2019. As a Lieutenant in 2022, Cose was the Patrol Watch Commander before transitioning to the Support Services Bureau as the Interim Training Division Commander, where he managed recruitment, the regional police academy, and field training programs.

Promoted to Deputy Chief in December 2022, Cose has been at the forefront of South Patrol Operations and the Traffic Unit. His qualifications include a Master Peace Officer License and a Mental Health Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Cose also holds academic credentials with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Systems and Criminology from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M University.

Upon his appointment, Cose expressed his commitment to community engagement and integrity in policing. “It is a privilege to lead a department comprised of dedicated law enforcement professionals that work tirelessly to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable,” he stated, emphasizing the importance of respectful and trustworthy relationships within the community.

The Denton Police Department, accredited through the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) Texas Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, has been serving the community since 1920. It prides itself on being an intelligence-led, data-driven, proactive policing organization. With Interim Chief Cose at the helm, the department looks forward to continuing its mission of ensuring the safety and security of Denton’s residents and visitors.

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