Lyford reestablishes police department, hires police chief and officers

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LYFORD, Texas (CBS 4) — For months, we have been following developments in Lyford after they lost their police department.

Now, they have a new chief who says he is ready to patrol and keep the community safe.

Chief Armin Martinez has taken on his new position and already hired two new police officers and two reserve police officers.

The police department was forced to shut down twice in the last seven months after the former police chief and two officers left the agency for other departments.

Chief Martinez says he is looking to move the agency in a positive light, changing the way the department operates and focuses more on the community.

“The previous job I had is pretty much what I’m doing now, the only difference that changes is the title, and of course this is my own department, so I am really excited, I’m looking forward to a lot of community policing and interaction with our community,” said Chief Martinez, “We are ready for the residents of Lyford to know we are patrolling, we will be out there.”

Chief Martinez had served with the Raymondville Police Department since 1997.

He says after the COVID-19 pandemic slows down, he hopes to hire more police officers.

Chief Martinez already hosted his first big community event yesterday in honor of National Police Week.

Lyford Police invited neighboring law enforcement agencies for a fajita cook out.

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