Reserve Battalion Assistant Chief Rick Anderssen said his goodbyes to well-wishers as he celebrated his retirement after 30 years of service as a reserve Dallas Police Officer. Assistant Chief Anderssen served all those years without pay as a volunteer reserve officer. This fact made his retirement celebration that much more of an accomplishment.
Assistant Chief Anderssen served in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1966 through 1968, being discharged as a sergeant E-5. Upon returning from Vietnam in 1968, Chief Anderssen worked in the oil and gas industry and served as President and CEO of United LP Gas Corporation after its acquisition in the mid 1990’s. He then joined Texas Capital Bank as a shareholder in 1991 during its startup and in 2001 he created the compliance and corporate security department. A few years later in 2010, he founded Anderssen Security Consulting Corporation, working both domestically and internationally as a consultant and personal protection agent.
Some of Chief Anderssen’s community involvement include:
- Security adviser and board member of the Uptown Public Improvement District (PID)
- Board of directors of the Friends of the Katy Trail
- Steering committee of Safer Dallas Better Dallas
- Member of the North Texas Crime Commission and secretary of the Cyber Crime Committee
- Member of the North Texas Private Investigators Association
- Member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars
- Board member of the Original Society of the St. Andrews Gleaning and North Texas Gleaning
- Member of the Honduras Sisters Parish Mission
- Member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus
After so many life accomplishments, Chief Anderssen’s desire to serve his community led to him joining the Dallas Police Department in 1985 as a Reserve Officer. He quickly moved up the ranks and in 1993 was appointed Commander of the Reserve Battalion. He has directed all facets of the Battalion in that role for the last twenty-two years and currently holds the rank of Assistant Chief, the highest-ranking Reserve Officer.
In addition to the day-to-day operations of the Battalion, Chief Anderssen has directed and organized numerous special events that the Reserve Battalion has participated in, including the annual State Fair of Texas, Texas/OU Pep Rally’s, St. Patrick’s Day Parades, the last Cowboys Super Bowl Championship Parade, Hurricane Katrina and Rita Evacuee Operations, NBA Finals and Mavericks Championship Parade, Super Bowl XLV events and NCAA Football Championship events. He also played a major role in numerous Presidential and Dignitary visits and the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Some of his awards and achievements include:
- Master Peace Officer Certification Issued by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
- Presented the Joe C. Jones Reserve Officer of the Year Award by the Friends of the Dallas Police in 2007
- The Presidents Call to Service Lifetime Achievement Award presented by President George W. Bush in 2006
- Awarded six Certificates of Merit, 25 Year Safe Driving Award, Civic Achievement Award and 5 Year Perfect Attendance Award as well as numerous Internal and External Commendations
- Member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team (C.I.S.M.) and Dallas Area Crisis Response Team
- Founding Board Member of the DPA’s Assist the Officer Foundation
- Director of the Year Dallas Police Association 1998
- Organized the Dallas Police Reserve Foundation and serves as Chairman
Assistant Chief Rick Anderssen of the Dallas Police Reserve Battalion served the citizens of Dallas for 30 years as a reserve officer. During that time, he served 22 years as its commander. An individual committed to such a worthwhile cause for that period, risking his personal safety, being an innovator, and leading others is commendable. Assistant Chief Rick Anderssen we solute you! Thank you for your service.