After 22 years, police officer leaves Colleyville PD

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Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to show that police officer Cheryl Womack said she is not a desk rider.

After 22 years of service with the Colleyville Police Department, police officer Cheryl Womack is heading back to school.

But she won’t be cracking any books.

Womack is leaving her job as the training and personnel coordinator in Colleyville to join the Southlake Police Department’s school resource officer program.

“For me it’s the right time,” she said. “I’m not a desk rider and I am in a position where I am sitting at a desk all day.”

Southlake Carroll Independent School District will have school resource officers on all 12 campuses beginning in August.

The move was made in response to concerns over student safety after several national tragedies on school campuses across the nation.

After working as a patrol officer in Colleyville from 1991 to ’96, Womack accepted a job as a school resource officer in the Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District.

Although the hours were better for Womack, a new mother, she never intended to stay in the job for long.

“I didn’t go to police academy to have kids wipe boogers on me,” she said. “I had no intention of staying in for 14 years.”

But she said her role as a school liaison and D.A.R.E instructor helped her realize the impact she could have on children’s lives.

“If just one day I made a difference for one kid, I’ve accomplished my goal to protect and serve,” she said. “If they never paid me a dime, I would’ve still done it.”

For the next five years, she rotated her time between Bransford, O.C. Taylor, Glenhope and Colleyville elementary schools and Colleyville and Heritage middle schools.

When the department added another SRO, she focused on Bransford, Colleyville and Liberty elementary campuses, and Colleyville Middle, Vista and Bridges schools.

In 2010, she left the position and became a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division where she was involved in the Child Abduction Response Team and became the crime victim’s liaison and hostage negotiator. In April 2013 she moved into her current position.

But Womack said she’s ready to go back to school.

“I have to go back to being an SRO. That’s who I think I was meant to be,” she said. “And that opportunity came up. I hope I’m able to bring to Southlake Carroll and the kids, families and community the same thing that I feel I brought to GCISD.”

GCISD trustee Lisa Pardo said trust is Womack’s greatest asset with kids.

“She is an officer, but also a friend and a confidant to a lot of these children,” Pardo said. “One the kids could truly trust. They could go to her with any issue and truly trust that she would keep it to herself or help them through it.”

Pardo said the ability to create relationships allowed Womack to stay involved in the lives of children as they grew older.

Pardo’s daughter, Devon Hall, met Womack in kindergarten at Bransford Elementary. When she was a student at Colleyville Middle School, their relationship bloomed.

“She taught me to pretty much just be myself,” Hall said. “She said to always be honest.”

Hall said she missed her time with Womack when she moved on to high school. When she graduated from Colleyville Heritage High School in 2009, Womack was on the party guest list.

“We were inviting family and friends and she’s just always kind of been there for me,” Hall said.

She said she’s glad to hear that Womack will be working with children again.

“I think it gives her another ability to connect with more kids,” she said. “They’ll develop the same relationships that we developed with her. They’ll have someone there that they can trust.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli

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