Specialized Units

There are times when a specific incident or an organizational objective may require a more creative and dynamic solution. When this happens, the specialized Service Units are tasked with providing solutions to these types of challenges. There are many different units within the Longview Police Department that fall under this definition.

What makes each of these units unique is the equipment and specialized training each unit has at its disposal to address the challenges within their sphere of influence. Some of the units are staffed with officers who are assigned to the unit full time while others are called upon when needed. Each member of the unit receives the training necessary to function within their assignment with a high degree of skill and professionalism.
To learn more about each of the units that make up the Specialized Service Units of the Longview Police Department, follow the links to the left.

Lieutenant James Bettis currently serves as the Lieutenant over the Specialized Unit section of the Longview Police Department. This section includes the School Resource Officer Unit (SRO), Special Investigations and Apprehensions Unit (SIA), and the Traffic Unit.

Lt. Bettis began his tenure with the Longview Police Department in January 2003. He worked as a Patrolman until his promotion to Sergeant in August 2008. He has been supervisor of the Field Training Program, Bike Unit and School Resource Officer unit.

He holds a Master Peace Officers certification and is a certified TCOLE instructor, Taser instructor, riot control instructor, police mountain bike instructor, and Spike System instructor. James received his Bachelor degree in 2010 from University of Texas at Tyler. He has received several commendations and was Rookie of the Year in 2004.