The voice of the Bryan police department is retiring Friday.
You are invited to the virtual farewell of 20 year BPD officer Kelley McKethan.
The Bryan native became BPD’s public information officer in 2012. That followed five years as a detective and before that, a patrol officer for seven years.
McKethan joined BPD in 2000 after teaching several years at Bryan high school.
She also served on BPD’s crisis negotiation and crisis incident management teams, and was a 15 year member of the department’s honor guard.
McKethan’s retirement program will be streamed on BPD’s Facebook page Friday at approximately 3 p.m.
BPD’s new public information officer, Kole Taylor, has been with the department since 2011. Taylor has served as a patrol officer and a Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) officer.
News release from the Bryan police department:
Bryan Police Department Kelley McKethan Retires after 20 years
Kelley McKethan was born and raised in Bryan. She graduated from Sam Houston State University and taught at Bryan High School for several years before starting her career with the Bryan Police Department in August 2000. She served as a patrol officer for seven years. She also served as a Detective for five years. Her first two years as a Detective she investigated white-collar crimes to include forgery where she became a certified fingerprint examiner. Over the next three years, Kelley dedicated her time to investigating crimes against children and sexual offenses. In 2012, Kelley became the Public Information Officer for the Bryan Police Department to help foster a positive relationship with the members of the community as well as provide information to media of current situations.
During her career, Kelley has received recognition for her exceptional work and service to the community:
2003 Police Commendation – for her 10-month investigation where she obtained a nuisance abatement and shut down a drug house
2003 Hometown Hero Award from the B/CS Convention & Visitors Bureau for her work on bringing the Texas Women in Law Enforcement Conference to the area.
2003 Community Service Citation – for assisting in a 12-month investigation to get a nuisance abatement on a local hotel for drugs and prostitution.
2009 Life Saving Citation – for pulling a man from a burning vehicle after she witnessed an accident off duty.
2009 Master Peace Officer Certificate
Kelley served on the Crisis Negotiation Team for seven years and on the Crisis Incident Stress Management team for 8 years helping others in crisis. She has been a member of the Honor Guard for the last 15 years honoring officers and firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. We wish her well in her future endeavors!
Please join us on Facebook live for Kelley McKethan’s retirement on Friday, July 10th, 2020, at approximately 3:00 pm on the Bryan Police Department’s Facebook page.