Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coffin announced today that he will retire his post effective Sept. 30. Coffin, who has been a member of the city’s police force for nearly four decades, has been its chief since 2006.
During his tenure, Coffin spearheaded a number of initiatives credited with improving performance, accountability and community relations. Among his most important contributions was the introduction of COMPSTAT, a crime-tracking system used in many major metropolitan areas, which has improved the departments’ ability to target crime and manage resources.
In the wake of Hurricane Rita, Coffin was instrumental in developing the city’s Emergency Management Center, which includes a state-of-the-art facility and procedures modeled by cities throughout the country. When Hurricane Ike hit the area in 2008, the city’s response was greatly improved, largely due to the processes in place at the EOC.
In late 2010, Coffin oversaw the development and implementation of the Community Advisory Committee, a 15-member body charged with providing an open line of communication between citizens and police.
Coffin started as a patrol officer in 1972, and worked his way through the ranks, becoming Deputy Chief in 1993. He succeeded Chief Tom Scofield to the top post when Scofield retired in 2006. Coffin received numerous commendations during his career, including recognition for his help in developing the Texas Basic Hostage Negotiator Course, and his work on the SWAT Team. He was repeatedly noted as an excellent representative of the Police Department in giving testimony during hearings.
“Frank Coffin has been a great asset to this city because of his dedication and loyal service,” said City Manager Kyle Hayes. “He has been an innovator and a seasoned leader, and he will be missed.”
Coffin said he’s enjoyed his time serving on, and leading the force, but he’s looking forward to handing over the reins and spending time with family.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Kyle Hayes, the Mayor and Council, and I have no doubt that the right person will be selected to take my place, and that person will continue the good work that the department is involved in,” Coffin said. “I look forward to taking some time off and spending it with family and friends, but will surely miss the fine men and women that I have worked with over the years.”
A search for Coffin’s replacement will begin immediately.