3rd Watch Patrol Lieutenant
Lieutenant Laura Samples joined the Longview Police Department in November of 2001. During her time with the department she has served as a patrol officer, bicycle officer, field training officer, and has served on the Academy Advisory Board, Awards Board, and Applicant Interview Board. Lt. Samples is also a TCOLE Instructor.
Lt. Samples served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer. She served in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She graduated from the Denver Paralegal Institute and, additionally, obtained an Associate’s Degree from Kilgore College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Fort Hays State University. She also obtained her Master's Degree in Human
Resource Management from Fort Hays State University in 2014.
Lt. Samples was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January 2007 and the rank of Lieutenant in 2014. She served as a field supervisor on all three patrol shifts. She was the Supervisor for the Office of Professional Standards and the Planning and Research section.
She currently serves as the Lieutenant over the Third Watch.