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Northeast Times | February 1, 2023

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Irving ISD Hires 33-Year Veteran of Irving Police Department to Lead Security

Irving ISD Hires 33-Year Veteran of Irving Police Department to Lead Security

Terry Zettle, an experienced and decorated police officer, has been named director of school safety and security for Irving ISD. Zettle’s 33-year career in law enforcement began as a patrol officer and sergeant in the 1980s before he was promoted to lieutenant and served in several divisions in the 1990s and to captain from 1999 to 2006. He has served as an assistant chief of police since 2006, responsible for field operations, administrative services and investigative services during that time. Zettle’s 33 years of service have all been with the Irving Police Department (IPD).

Currently, Zettle manages detectives, the gang unit, intelligence and federal task force officers as assistant chief of the investigative services bureau. Additionally, he supervises school resource officers (SROs), the public information office, crime prevention and reserve police officer programs. As assistant chief, Zettle also oversees all community outreach programs like the Police Athletic League, Boy Scout Explorer Post and citizen volunteer programs.

“His impeccable career with the IPD, combined with his experience working with our SROs and the community, makes Mr. Zettle the ideal leader to direct the safety and security programs in our schools,” says Scott Layne, Irving ISD’s assistant superintendent of support services.

During his tenure with the IPD, Zettle’s responsibilities have had a direct impact on schools in Irving ISD. In addition to managing the SROs, he has supervised the school crossing guard operations, the Family Advocacy Center and worked with juveniles to create a safe community. His experience also includes traffic management, crime reduction initiatives and special events.

“We are excited to have Mr. Zettle join our team,” says Superintendent of Schools Jose L. Parra, Ed.D. “His extensive background in law enforcement and his commitment to the greater Irving community the past three decades is quite impressive. More importantly, he has a deep level of understanding of what is required for us to provide the safest learning environment possible for our students, staff and community.”

Zettle’s police work has earned him a number of appointments and accolades. In addition, he has served as president of the Irving Police Association three times during his career and as a board member of the Family Advocacy Center. A recipient of the Irving Police Commendation Award, the Irving Police Certificate of Merit, the Irving Police Marksmanship Award and the Irving Police Attendance Award, Zettle is well respected in the community.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to serve Irving in another capacity,” says Zettle. “I have deep roots in this city. My family moved here in 1960, I attended elementary and middle school in Irving, and my wife is a graduate of MacArthur High School.”

Saying he’s blessed to be part of the City of Irving’s family for 33 years, Zettle adds, “I look forward to continuing that relationship with the district. I believe that there’s nothing more important than seeing our young people succeed, and Irving ISD typifies that.”

Zettle’s training includes the FBI National Academy, the Advanced Management College – Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute and the School of Supervision – Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute, as well as training in critical incident management and hazardous materials response.

On a personal level, Zettle is an active member of his church and says he and his wife are quite proud of their daughter who is highly ranked in her graduating class and has been admitted to the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin.

Zettle will begin his new role as Irving ISD’s director of school safety and security in early March.