SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Children following in their parent’s footsteps isn’t uncommon. In fact, for years the San Marcos Police Department has had fathers and then their sons come through the department.
The father/son duos have always served their time separately, until now. For the first time, SMPD has two pairs of officers serving at once.
Fred and Andrew Wisner are both police officers. Fred serves as a sergeant for the police department and joined in 1987. His son, Andrew, followed him and joined in 2013. But the call to be a police officer for this family doesn’t stop there: Andrew’s mother also works for SMPD as the department’s support services manager.
“Children look up to their parents and try to follow in their footsteps sometimes,” said Sergeant Wisener.
It started back in 1969 with the Guerra family, Jesse passed the badge onto his son and a number of other families followed suit, including the chief of police.
“It’s something I didn’t encourage him to do, but I’m glad he did it,” said Sergeant Wisener.
It only took a couple of ride-alongs for Sergeant Wisener’s son to commit full time. But when he got the badge, working right next to his dad was no longer allowed.
“It’s against the rules to work for him on his shift, the only times I see him at work is when his shift is relieving my shift,” said Officer Wisener.
The standard protocol cuts down the chances of preferential treatment. “We all try to be safe, we all try to have each others back, we all look out for each other whether he’s my son or not,” said Sergeant Wisener.
Sergeant Wisener says he’ll be retiring soon, his son is realizing he has big shoes to fill. “The name will continue on at the police department. That’s really neat, he’s carrying on a tradition I started,” said Sergeant Wisener.
The second pair is Chris Tureaud and his son Ben. Chris is currently a commander for the police department and joined in 1989, his son Ben joined as a police officer in 2016.
KXAN’s Lauren Lanmon talks with the police officers to see how it is working with family tonight on KXAN News at 6.