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Director, Law Enforcement Academy Continuing Education and Workforce Development DivisionCedar Valley College
Boyd Norton holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Tarrant County Junior College in Hurst, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of North Texas. Since 2003, he has served as the director of Cedar Valley’s Law Enforcement Academy, which offers peace officer training courses and certification through the college’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the college’s Criminal Justice program for college credit.
Mr. Norton began his career working for the DeSoto Police Department as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks to assume the positions of field supervisor (sergeant), criminal investigator, administrative sergeant to the chief of police, patrol shift watch commander (acting lieutenant), training coordinator, criminal investigations division supervisor and patrol supervisor.
He served with the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of QM2 (second class petty officer) on permanent duty stations the U.S.S. Pratt and U.S.S. Nimitz, earning the National Defense Ribbon and the Battle Efficiency Ribbon. He also served two years with the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army National Guard in Dallas. He holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate and Instructor Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), with more than 1,900 hours of various TCLEOSE in-service training. He is a graduate of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Academy and the 86th Administrative Officers Course of the Southern Police Institute of Louisville, Ky.