Police chief lifted to new heights on last day before retirement

July 5, 2017

A helicopter flown in by family friend David Lewis sits waiting for retiring CFISD Chief of Police Alan Bragg to walk outside and see his surprise.
A helicopter flown in by family friend David Lewis sits waiting for retiring CFISD Chief of Police Alan Bragg to walk outside and see his surprise.

July 5, 2017—CFISD Chief of Police Alan Bragg ended his 45-year career in law enforcement on June 30 with a surprise helicopter ride set up by his wife.

     When walking out of the office on his last day, Bragg was left speechless when he saw a helicopter parked in front of the police headquarters. His wife joined pilot and family friend David Lewis by the helicopter, ready to fly him wherever he wanted to culminate his 45 years of public service.

     “I knew someone had lied to me,” Bragg said. “I knew something was up but I didn’t know what it was. I was walking to put some boxes in my truck and I saw David flying to the airport and didn’t think anything of it.”

Sgt. Bob Tessier talks briefly with retiring CFISD Chief of Police Bragg, thanking him for visiting him while he was hospitalized.
Sgt. Bob Tessier talks briefly with retiring CFISD Chief of Police Bragg, thanking him for visiting him while he was hospitalized.

After saying his goodbyes to fellow officers and co-workers, a misty-eyed Bragg boarded the helicopter with his wife to fly the perimeter of the school district and see the different schools from the air that he had patrolled and visited over the years. They then circled around CFISD’s Instructional Support Center before heading back to the police station to take aerial photos and land.

     “Being able to start the police department in Cy-Fair will always be one of the highlights of my career,” Bragg said. “Getting to work in an awesome district with a supportive superintendent and super friendly people and getting to build relationships with students and faculty made it even better. They still are a part of the family even though I have left.”

Community members thank retiring CFISD Chief of Police Alan Bragg for his five years of service to the school district.
Community members thank retiring CFISD Chief of Police Alan Bragg for his five years of  service to the school district.

Bragg began his career as a police officer for the Wichita Falls police department in 1972 and then began his 38-year career in educational law enforcement at Midwestern State University. He then became a lieutenant with the Houston ISD police department in 1981.

After nine years at HISD he became the chief of police of the newly formed Spring ISD police department where he built the department from the ground up and served them for 21 years. In 2011, Bragg became the first chief for the CFISD police department, where he helped with the transition from contracting services with Harris County Precinct 4 Constables to a self-contained department.

Bragg started the police department with an initial command staff of seven officers including himself in January 2012. He then began the 2013 school year with 19 officers to patrol the third-largest school district in Texas. The department currently has a total of 85 officers with enough room to employ up to 110.

     “Knowing that I gave them a plan and was able to get everything up and running and set up to grow,” Bragg said, “I felt comfortable retiring as chief after I had completed my bucket list for the police department.”

Retiring CFISD Chief of Police Alan Bragg and helicopter pilot David Lewis discuss where they plan on flying for his last view of the school district on June 30.
Retiring CFISD Chief of Police Alan Bragg and helicopter pilot David Lewis discuss where they plan on flying for his last view of the school district on June 30.

     Bragg was also known to be a compassionate chief of police. When one of his officers, Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Tessier, fell ill, Bragg visited him while in the hospital to check on his recovery.

“Alan would come in and check on my wife and me to make sure that we were doing OK and that I was making a strong recovery. When I was going through rehab, he would come visit with me and would check in on us,” Tessier said, “He is really just a genuine guy that cares a lot about his officers and staff, and that is something that you normally don’t see in a chief.”

     Bragg and his wife plan to spend their retirement traveling throughout the United States, visiting some national parks as well as their five grandchildren. The next big trip on their list is driving their RV to Albuquerque, N.M., for a balloon festival in October.  

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