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Bryan DPS officer to join narcotics task force

Eagle Staff Report

A longtime Bryan Department of Public Safety officer was hired to join the Brazos Valley Narcotics Task Force on Tuesday after the Brazos County Commissioners Court gave final approval for the new position.

Recent retiree James Sim Lucas, 53, was sworn in as an assistant commander with the group several hours after the approval, Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said.

The change — also approved by the governor’s office, which funds many of the positions — came after the College Station Police Department’s decision last spring to back out of the partnership, leaving two spots open.

Also filling the open spots will be an additional officer from Grimes County and one from Madison County, Kirk said. The hires are part of an initiative to increase the group’s coverage in rural areas, he said.

“We have done the best we can, but it turns out we need a little more coordination with the counties,” Kirk added. “This was just a great way to do it.”

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