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Plano Police Officer Honored For 33 Years Of Service

Detective Steve Young began his career as a patrol officer in Plano

Detective Steve Young, who retired in February 2023 after a distinguished 33-year career as a Texas Peace Officer with the city of Plano, recently returned to receive his shadowbox from Chief Ed Drain in recognition of his dedicated service.

“His absence has been felt throughout the department, and we wish him a continued prosperous and healthy retirement,” the Plano Police Department said in a social media post

Young, a Dallas native, excelled in baseball at Garland High School, earning the prestigious "all Metroplex and all-district" accolades. Following high school, he pursued his baseball career in college.

In September 1989, Young joined the Plano Police Department, starting his career as a patrol officer, a role he held for five and a half years before transitioning to the family violence unit, where he served for 26 years. According to the police department, Young shared his extensive knowledge and experience with both the department and the community.

In addition to his work in the family violence unit, Young was a dedicated member of the SWAT team for 30 years, serving as an operator and lead sniper, as well as a team leader. He was also part of the SWAT competition team, achieving first place at the Texas Tactical Police Officer Association competitions in both 2000 and 2005. Young also participated in international sniper competitions, placing sixth in the 16th European Sniper Championship.

Throughout his career with the police department, Young received numerous accolades, including the officer of the year award in 1994, eight chief's unit awards, several advanced physical fitness awards and a 30-year safe driving award. He also earned his master peace officer certification in 2009.

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