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Chief Adickes spends last day on the job with community, kids

December 21, 2018

HARLINGEN — It was an emotional day for Police Chief Jeffry Adickes.

“There are a thousand memories that I will carry with me, and today is a big one,” Adickes said at yesterday’s Shop with a Cop event.

He capped off a career in law enforcement and finished the duty of chief of police for Harlingen at yesterday’s annual event.

It was a community policing initiative he actually started after being hired just about four years ago.

Yesterday he led the 4th annual Shop with a Cop.

It was also Adickes’ last day on the force. He had announced recently he would be retiring and had planned on yesterday’s event being his last in uniform.

“He’s been a tremendous leader and its time for him to sit back and enjoy life,” said David Osborne, Harlingen Police executive staff public information officer and commander. “We have great men and women here and he has brought out the best in all of us.”

When Adickes took the helm at the Harlingen Police Department in 2015, he had a vision to strengthen the department, tighten the relationship with the community and lead the protection of the people.

He went on to do so after quickly gaining the trust of his police officers and community leaders, according to Osborne.

“He helped bring our department forward in directions we had never seen before,” Osborne added.

Adickes could be seen at numerous community events, sometimes as a participant and other times as an organizer. His community policing philosophy has made a difference in Harlingen.

Adickes served a total of 35 years as a police officer. Before coming to Harlingen, he was employed at the Austin Police Department.

He came to Harlingen four years ago, in January 2015.

“He was always approachable and I could call him any time of the day,” said Eddie Solis, Cameron County Constable Pct. 5 who was also at the Shop with a Cop event yesterday. “He was always there and able to help out.”

Solis called him an effective chief.

Art Cavazos, Harlingen CISD superintendent, who was also at the Shop with a Cop event said he saw the chief’s work as a movement on what can happen when partnerships exist.

“Thank you chief for being an incredible friend to HCISD, and for everything you have done,” Cavazos said.

rgarcia@valleystar.com

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