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Chief Runnels came to MISD with 15 years of law enforcement experience. Before beginning his career in policing, he honorably served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and was deployed to the Gulf in support of the Iraqi War conflict. His tenure in law enforcement includes time with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and the Conroe Police Department.

Throughout his career, Chief Runnels has amassed over 7000 TCOLE training hours with several specialized training certifications such as Mental Health Peace Officer, Hostage Negotiator, Field Training Officer, Police Bike Officer, ALERRT Train the Trainer Instructor, Master Peace Officer and, most recently, School Based Law Enforcement Officer Instructor.

Chief Runnel’s educational accomplishments include an Associate’s Degree from Rio Salado in Law Enforcement Technology, Bachelors in Justice Administration from Texas Southern University, as well as an Executive Masters in Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University.

He has also completed the FBI-LEEDA’s Trilogy Program and is now a Trilogy Award recipient. This award is given to FBI-LEEDA members who have completed the Supervisor, Command, and Executive Institute courses.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the police officers at the MISD PD and under our new administration, the agency will follow the procedural justice law enforcement model while interacting with the students, staff and community. I feel it is very critical to our operational success that we maintain a reputation in the district and community as a trusting, transparent, well trained, relationship driven professional ISD police department,” said Chief Runnels.





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