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Meet The Chief

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WICHITA FALLS, TX -

Monday, February 1st, Midwestern State University got a new police chief. Former Chief Dan Williams retired last year, and we wanted to sit down and see how new Chief Patrick Coggins first couple of days had gone. We also wanted to know, how he will fit into a growing Midwestern State University. 
"Years ago, when I got my degree, I never would have imagined that my career would circle back to here," said MSU Police Chief Patrick Coggins. 
Coggins got his Bachelors degree at Midwestern State and now he's back to work for the university. While he says it's changed since his time as a student, growth is good, and he believes the police department will grow as the university expands. 
"I would expect the police department will experience what goes along with that," said Chief Coggins. "We're going to have to adapt and look at how the resources we have are what we need to keep up with that growth."
Chief Coggins told Newschannel 6, he's not looking to just come in and make changes just to shake things up.
"I look forward to coming in here, getting to know the staff, finding out where the strengths are and if there are weaknesses. If so, what we need to do to address those. You don't come in and necessarily change everything  wholesale just for the sake of change  there had to be a bonafide reason to do that," Chief Coggins said. 
One change that Chief Coggins will be forced to deal with, is when the campus carry law goes into effect in August of this year. The Chief says his officers are going to have to communicate and know what they are dealing with. 
"Law enforcement is going to have to go through a process to ensure their officers know they're going to situations that the person on end of that handgun might be a handgun license holder, and is not necessarily at that point the foe. So, we've got our training issues that we're going to have to address," Chief Coggins said.  
One of the Chief's long term goals, is to get the university's police department recognized by the Texas Police Chief's Association. Coggins said that is something that former Chief Dan Williams had already begun working on. 

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