Crime Stoppers Coordinator Retires After 11 Years of Service

For 11 years, Lt. Greg Denman has coordinated the Lufkin Crime Stoppers program. It's a job that comes with the police department's public information officer position. Lt. Denman takes no credit for the program's success. He believes the program works because of commitment from the community.

"I've seen a lot of people that call up and give us information and then they don't want a reward out of it," Lt. Denman said. "They don't come back to get their reward or they don't ask for a tip number or anything like that."

But board members said Lt. Denman's leadership is a big reason the program gets results.

"Greg's just 'Mr. Crime Stopper' to me," said Rocky Thigpen, Lufkin Crime Stopper president. "He's always been there and as long as I've been on the board, he's been very knowledgeable of all the laws and regulations of Crime Stoppers. He's always kept it in check and just knew what needed to be done."

Lt. David Young will replace Lt. Denman as the police department's public information officer. After spending 23 years in several divisions, he's ready for the challenge.

Lt. Young said, "Coming from the patrol background, this will be a new experience for me. I'll be dealing more with the public and a different type of situation than I'm used to. I've had some other experiences in my career that will help out with that."

Lt. Denman will miss working with and for the people he's protected and served.

"I've always felt like I've worked for the people of Lufkin - not necessarily for the City of Lufkin -and I just hope I've always done them a good job," Lt. Denman said.

Friday is Lt. Denman's last day with the Lufkin Police Department. He's retiring after 36 years in law enforcement. A come-and-go reception will be held Friday in his honor. It starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. at the Lufkin City Hall.