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"I will give my best effort," Corbo said.Public service runs deep in the 13-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department's blood.Corbo's great-grandfather, Coke Robert Stevenson, served as Texas governor from 1941-1948DPD records state during Corbo's career, he has been nominated for three awards - including life saving award, certificate of merit and civic achievement.This does not include the more than 28 other commendations he has received from his peers, supervisors and citizens.He has been praised for his ability to instruct new recruits how to conduct and organize crime watch meetings, handle adverse situations and coordinate with other city departments in a May 2000 commendation.He worked as a patrol officer for 10 years, before being promoted to senior corporal and a field-training officer in 2000.Field-training officers are required to work side-by-side with recent academy graduates to ensure they are taught all the skills needed to perform their duties as a police officer. He currently works in DPD's personnel division, responsible for investigating accidents involving Dallas police officers.Corbo said he would have an open mind and be willing to listen to other people's concerns. "I want to reassure the community we will be committed to achieving our planned goals to ensure public safety and resolving problems," Corbo said."We want to increase the public's confidence that this police department will be professional and operate with the highest degree of integrity, honesty, fairness and ethics.Reviewing the department's handbooks, evaluating personnel and policies will be some of the first things the new chief said he would do. Raised in San Antonio, Corbo earned a bachelor's degree in business from Trinity University in 1985 and worked as an outside salesman before deciding to join the Dallas Police Department in November 1990.As a college student he worked in retail management learning to deal with scheduling issues and personal issues by supervising a variety of employees." Officer Corbo displayed genuine concern for citizens' problems, he was through in his investigations and creative in dealing with many adverse conditions," a May 2000 commendation stated.He also received written praise for finding a lost six-year-old child last seen riding his bike less than 90 minutes after the boy was reported missing, helping an elderly out-of-town couple find their way safely to their hotel and assisting in recovering three suspects who burglarized a Dallas high school. In 2000 Corbo graduated Amberton University with a masters degree in counseling and earned his master peace officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.TCLEOSE is the state regulatory agency, which is responsible for regulation and certification of all law enforcement personnel. The Master Peace Officer certification is the highest certification law enforcement personnel can earn. While working on his counseling degree, Corbo said, he worked with young adults in a First Offenders Program to teach the kids life skills.According to Corbo students who completed the program had a very low rate of committing future offenses. If students successful completed the six-week program their criminal record would be wiped clean. He said he would speak to school district officials about creating a community-based program teaching kids important skills training, confidence and the effects of peer pressure.Corbo was involved in a similar program while an officer DPD, which allowed him to visit with his assigned classroom to teach the students valuable life skills, such as training, confidence and the effects of peer pressure." It's the ability for them to see we are all striving for the same goals and trying to get to the same place," he said.Corbo is expected to take office as police chief in early May.He was selected out of 26 other candidates and approved by the city council on Monday, April 19.
• Scott Corbo, Senior Corporal - Dallas Police Department
...Corbo, with the DPD since Nov. 1990 said he worked in central patrol for 11 years, before being assigned to the personnel division for the last two years.Corbo said he is certified as a master level officer and served as a field-training officer while in the patrol division.