Sergeant Colten Raper embarked on his law enforcement journey in December 2009 as a reserve officer with the Ector Police Department, working under Chief Mike Stephens. In May 2010, he transitioned to the Honey Grove Police Department, where he served under Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson. In 2013, Sergeant Raper joined the Van Alstyne Police Department, working under the leadership of Chief Tim Barnes. During his tenure there, he became a certified field training officer, imparting his knowledge to new recruits. He also obtained certification in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and effectively enforced driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses.
In 2017, Sergeant Raper accepted a position with the Celina Police Department as a patrol officer, showcasing his commitment to community safety. In 2018, he was appointed as a field training officer, responsible for training newly recruited officers. Additionally, he became an integral part of the Special Response Team (SRT), specializing as a breacher/operator. Sergeant Raper also takes pride in educating the community as he teaches the ins and outs of the Special Response Team at the Celina Citizens Police Academy.
Recognizing his exceptional skills and dedication, Sergeant Colten Raper was promoted to the role of Patrol Sergeant in 2021. Leading a patrol shift, he aims to positively influence his subordinates, fostering their professional growth within the rapidly expanding department. His ultimate goal is to create a capable and promotable team that continues to serve the community of Celina with utmost dedication and professionalism.