Captain T. Underwood takes pride in serving the community of Hitchcock. He is a firm believer in practicing Sir Walter Peel’s Policing Principles. His duties include managing the day-to-day operations of the department and assisting with emergency management coordination. Captain Underwood began his career in 2004 at the City of Winter Garden (Florida) Police Department where he worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Vice/Narcotics Detective and Community Liaison Officer.
After more than 10 years of service, Captain Underwood moved to Texas where he served as Sergeant for the Manvel Police Department. Captain Underwood was instrumental with providing needed rifle resistant ballistic vest to officers, through a State grant. He also developed and coordinated the Citizens Police Academy, Neighborhood Watch Program, and the Child Safety Seat Installation Program. In August 2018, Captain Underwood began his career with the Hitchcock Police Department.
Captain Underwood has 16 years of law enforcement experience and holds a Master Peace Officer License. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master of Public Administration degree. Captain Underwood has attended over 4000 hours of specialized training to include crisis negotiation, investigations, instructor techniques, supervision, and management. He has completed the Public Safety Leadership Development Program, FBI Command College, FBI LEEDA Leadership Trilogy program, and is scheduled to start the LEMIT Leadership Command College in 2021.
He has been married to his wife for 15 years and has 3 children. In his free time, Captain Underwood enjoys spending time with his family.