Dan Ross, age 54 began his career in law enforcement on January 23, 1978 with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. On July 1, 1979 Dan was hired by the Tyler Police Department.
Dan served with the Tyler Police Department for 23 years and retired on June 24, 2002. During his tenure with the department Dan received his Advanced Peace Officer License, TCLEOSE Instructors License, Commendation Bar, Certificate of Merit Bar and was named Officer of the Year in 1993.
Dan was a Field Training Officer, and a member of the Hostage Negotiation Unit. Dan was assigned to the Narcotics Unit for a good portion of his career and during that assignment he was appointed to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Task Force for a period of time.
The Tyler Police Department personnel were saddened at the news of Dan and his grandson’s death from yesterday’s vehicle accident. Dan was well liked by police personnel who worked with him and knew him. Even though Dan retired several years ago, he is still part of the Tyler Police family and will be missed.