The North Texas Crime Prevention Association (NTCPA) recognized Plano Police Department’s (PPD) Liu Yuan.
Being named the 2019 Outstanding Crime Prevention Specialist of the Year is a first for her and was a total surprise. “I was at the NTCPA Banquet chatting and enjoying my lunch when I heard my name called for this award. It was a shock!” said Liu.
As a police community liaison, she has direct contact with local businesses, schools, hotels, civic groups and city departments doing business security evaluations for them. For Liu, the best part of the job is helping people in different ways. She gives active shooter building assessments that focus on how to use the building (your surroundings) and common sense to improve the chances for survival.
This Beijing, China native also gets to work with "some great detectives and officers." Before moving to the United States in 1992, Liu earned a degree in Modern World History, was a teacher and a scholar; and worked for the Chinese government.
Liu has quite an interesting background having received a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University, being a certified mediator and a diversity instructor for the Greater Dallas Community Relations Commission (funded by United Way).
Yuan Liu has built an impressive following on the social media application WeChat resulting in her reaching over 400,000 people this year. In addition, Liu writes articles and is a subject-matter expert for nine Chinese newspapers. She has been called upon numerous times to translate for the police department and courts.
“She is one more reason Plano is considered the City of Excellence,” said PPD Public Information Officer David Tilley.
Liu’s supervisor, Sergeant Wes Gerig, nominated her for the NTCPA award. He said, “She was very instrumental in teaching me about the unit when I transferred in late 2018. Her passion for service is contagious and inspiring. I truly love serving Plano with her.”
The North Texas Crime Prevention Association covers 17 Texas counties from Cooke and Lamar to Tarrant and Henderson. Congratulations to Liu Yuan.