About Chief Cook
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.
On 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.