David Pughes

Interim Chief of Police

David Pughes began his law enforcement career in Golden, Colorado with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in 1989.

He has been with the Dallas Police Department since November 26, 1990. Chief Pughes has worked in patrol, crimes against children, public integrity, homicide and served as the commander of the training division.  

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a Master of Science Degree in Human Relations and Business. He is a certified TCOLE instructor and holds a Mater Peace Officer license.

Chief Pughes received national recognition for his work on eyewitness identification reform with the Dallas Police Department. In his 26 years with the Dallas Police Department he worked his way through the ranks to Executive Assistant Chief. He is currently serving as the Interim Chief of Police.


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