State Rep. Phil King, a former Fort Worth police officer and a former Weatherford reserve officer, is CLEAT's 2015 Crime Fighter of the Year for his vigilant efforts to protect law enforcement interests during the 84th Legislature.
The award was presented King at an Oct. 14 luncheon in Austin attended by CLEAT Regional Director Greg Shipley, CLEAT staff members and representatives of various local affiliates across the state. And even though the award was King's work this year, Executive Director Charley Wilkison said the Weatherford Republican has been a loyal supporter of CLEAT ever since he took office in 1999.
"Representative King has been so helpful to us in so many ways over the years," Wilkison said. "Law enforcement has a true partner in Austin with Phil King."
King represents parts of Parker and Wise counties west of Fort Worth and is chairman of the House Select Committee and State and Federal Power and Responsibilities. Wilkison praised his efforts this year in making sure that a wide assortment of bills pushed by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers did not make it more difficult for peace officers to do their jobs.
During an informal discussion after the lunch, King encouraged the local association leaders to reach out to their state lawmakers during the interim to keep them aware of the issues affecting law enforcement that could be addressed in the 2017 Legislature.