Patrick South was sworn-in as Chief if the Elgin Police Department on January 2, 2018. Chief South leads a department of 32 sworn law enforcement officers and 11 civilian support and communications personnel who carry out law enforcement operations for the City of Elgin, as well as code enforcement, animal control and municipal court functions. The annual budget for EPD is currently $3.15 million.
Chief South believes that building relationships along with good communication are vital elements to a successful community and he consistently works to strengthen the bond between our diverse community and its police department to improve our quality of life.
Since his arrival, Chief South has completely re-engineered the department to better align operations with his commitment to community policing, accountability, and transparency. Focusing on a data driven, intelligence led approach, Chief South has focused on maximizing both efficiency and effectiveness within the department. Over the past two years, Chief South achieved an overall cost savings to the City while significantly increasing the size and scope of the department.
Chief South is a graduate of Texas A&M University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance in 1988. Additional professional training includes the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Policing (SMIP) in 2015 and the West Point Leadership Academy at the University of Texas in 2006. Chief South began his carrier in law enforcement in 1992 in Shavano Park, TX. In 1993, Chief South joined the Austin Police Department and retired after 24 years of service at the rank of Commander. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Texas Police Chief’s Association and served as a board member on the Capital Area Council of Governments, Law Enforcement Education Committee. Chief South was widowed after 29 years of marriage and has two children.