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Houston Independent School District
Houston ISD Police Department
News Release
Thursday, January 21, 2010

HISD Police Chief and his wife receive MLK Drum Major Award

At the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Celebration in the Woodlands, HISD Police Chief Jimmie Dotson and his wife Elsa were honored with the prestigious Drum Major Award, presented by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration Committee.

Committee Chair Myrna Irons said, "Jimmie and Elsa Dotson were awarded the Drum Major Award because they have always given back to the community in the form of Service above Self.  They always looked to help others.  They have encouraged and changed many lives through their legacy and commitment to helping others."

The award is named after a sermon Martin Luther King gave in February of 1968 where he referred to the human need to lead and be out of front of the parade as the Drum Major instinct. Dr. King pointed out that many people seek recognition for the wrong reasons. 

In that sermon, Dr. King said, “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind.”

It is that type of selfless service that the Drum Major Award honors. Jimmie and Elsa Dotson volunteer with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Big Brothers and Sisters, the Conroe Independent School District’s Task Force for Strategic Planning, the 100 Club of Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Women’s Center, the Tamina Action Community Association and the Montgomery County United Way.

Chief Dotson said, “Elsa and I are so honored to have been recognized with the Drum Major award, but our service has never been about recognition. It has been about improving our community and setting an example that we hope others will follow. That was part of Dr. King’s legacy. To receive an award inspired by him is truly a highlight of our lives.”

Dotson took the helm of the HISD Police Department on February 2, 2009. Jimmie L. Dotson served in the Houston Police Department from 1974 to 1997 working his way up to Executive Assistant Chief of Police.

He became Chief of the police department in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1997. He returned home to the Houston area in 2004 and served as a consultant on law enforcement issues, including the development of a comprehensive law enforcement management plan for The Woodlands.

The HISD Police Department is the only nationally accredited school district police department in the country. It is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).





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