About Chief Cook

2023 Chief Cook Formal Dress

Christopher Cook was appointed as the 11th Chief of Police for the City of White Settlement on April 4, 2022. Chief Cook has almost three decades of law enforcement experience spanning across three departments, most notably with the Arlington, Texas Police Department where he assailed through the ranks to the position of Deputy Police Chief. 

Chief Cook holds a Master of Arts Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Tarleton State University, a member of the Texas A&M University System. He maintains a Master Peace Officer Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Chief Cook graduated from the prestigious and coveted FBI National Command Course Session #4 in 2023, the Senior Management Institute for Police Session #63 from the Police Executive Research Forum in 2016, the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas 67th Leadership Command College in 2012, and the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration 96th School of Police Supervision in 2009. In pursuit of scholarly studies, he is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and American Society of Criminology. Chief Cook has been accepted into the 2023-2024 cohort of Leadership North Texas and 2024 Certified Public Manager Program hosted by Texas State University.

Recent accolades and awards include the Flock Safety Award (2023) for contributions to better policing and management of technology, the Tarrant County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Leadership Hero Award (2023), the Community Builder Award (2023) bestowed by White Settlement Masonic Lodge, Officer of the Year Award by the Peace Officers Angels Foundation (2022), National Night Out Award (2022) from the National Association of Town Watch, and the Distinguished Service Medal (2021), Arlington’s third highest honor, for his continued contributions to the policing profession. He was nominated for the prestigious Gary P. Hayes Award with the Police Executive Research Forum in 2020. He received the 2018 Leadership in Public Information Management Award from the IACP. He received the 2013 Connected COPS Social Media Leadership Award for his distinguished and exemplary leadership in the use of social media. 

Chief Cook is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Command Course Association, Texas Police Chiefs Association, North Texas Police Chiefs Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum. He was appointed to serve on the Executive Advisory Board for the Caruth Police Institute and as an Associate Advisor to the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in 2023. In November 2023, Chief Cook was elected to the Executive Board of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Command Course Association. Chief Cook was also appointed on December 6, 2023 to the International Association of Chiefs of Police - Police Professional Standards, Ethics, and Image Committee.He serves as a member of the Fort Worth Airpower Council, which provides support to military members and families. 

United States Air Force Christopher CookOn a personal note, Chief Cook grew up in White Settlement. He attended White Settlement I.S.D. schools. As a young kid, he regularly visited the airplane museum that was located at Carswell Air Force Base (now NAS JRB Fort Worth) along Spur 341. This inspired him to join the United States Air Force.

While in the Air Force, his first duty station was Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. Assigned to the 18th Transportation Squadron, Christopher supported military operations in the Indo-Pacific region. He eventually had brief tours at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock. 

Chief Cook started his law enforcement career with the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office after graduating from Class #64 of the Tarrant County College Police Academy in May 1995, following service in the United States Air Force. Commissioned as a Deputy Sheriff, Cook worked in confinement operations at the Tarrant County Corrections Center and communications at TCSO's Dispatch Center. 

In 2001, IMG_7557Chief Cook returned to his hometown in White Settlement and worked for about four years as a patrol officer. In 2005, he was hired by the Arlington Police Department where he worked in a variety of capacities, including patrol operations, freeway traffic enforcement, fatality crash investigations, commercial vehicle enforcement, and drug interdiction with the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Cook quickly promoted to through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Deputy Police Chief. He served as the Chief Spokesperson and Chief of Staff on the executive team for the Arlington Police Department for 12 years starting in 2011.

As a Deputy Police Chief, he gained experience in overseeing federal task forces, school resource policing operations, jail oversight, crime scene, intelligence center, criminal investigations, and field services in patrol. Chief Cook has managed municipal budgets in the range of millions of dollars under his commands as an accomplished executive. He has a wealth of experience in the public relations and traditional media management, having overseen media relations, graphic design, video production and social media.

Arlington Police Car Christopher CookChief Cook testified before the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice-Community Trust and Respect for Law Enforcement (2020) panel. He also provided testimony to the IACP Police Professional Standards Ethics and Image Committee (2022) on the state of policing related to the value that public information officers provide to communities amid calls for police reform and defunding media teams. Chief Cook is a veteran instructor on a multitude of topic areas. Speaking and executive training engagements include the IACP, NIOA, MCCA, FBI, Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Texas Crime Prevention Association, Institute for Law Enforcement Administration, Caruth Police Institute, Government Social Media Conference, the Social Media Internet Law Enforcement Conference, and numerous other law enforcement-centric organizations.IMG_0960

From a regional planning perspective, Chief Cook served as a lead planner and PIO for several large scale events, including the MLB World Series in 2010, 2011 and 2020, NFL Super Bowl in 2011, College Football Playoff National Championship in 2015, and the National Finals Rodeo in 2020.  

Recent published works include the Branding Guidebook for Policing (2023) by the Department of Justice – Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Thinking Outside the Box to Address Common Nuisances and Crime Issues (2023) by the Texas Municipal League Magazine, Amplifying the Speakers, article (2022) produced by the RAND Corporation in coordination with the Police Executive Research Forum, and AMBER Alert Best Practices for PIOs (2022) by Department of Justice – Office of Justice Programs. Over the past two decades, Chief Cook has been published in several high-profile journals and magazines including the IACP Police Chief Magazine, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police One, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Chief Cook 
has a wealth of experience in public relations and traditional media management, having overseen media relations, branding, community engagement, graphic design, video production and social media. He has served as the President of the National Information Officers Association (NIOA), representing the largest group of government communicators in the world from 2020-2023. Chief Cook was appointed as Chair for the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) – Public Information Officers (PIO) Committee in 2018, representing 78 of the largest police departments in the United States and Canada. He was also elected as General Chair for the International Association of Chiefs of Police – PIO Section from 2015-2018. Chief Cook has also served as a Regional Vice Chair for the IACP.

Chief Cook is married to Zhivonni Cook, a career police officer with the City of Mansfield. They have three kids and enjoy spending time with family and attending community events. As a family, they are members of Creekwood Church and active throughout the community. Mansfield Police Officer Zhivonni Cook Police Tahoe with Water Tower with Chief Cook