rinity Co. Crime Stoppers spotlight: Sergeant Shane Sandifer

Sergeant Shane Sandifer of the Groveton Police Department is the Trinity County Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Coordinator and  has been for two years.  Sgt. Sandifer is a 2000 graduate of Groveton High School and made his transition from the United States Marine Corps to law enforcement in May of 2011 when he graduated from Angelina College Police Academy. He then began his law enforcement career at Trinity County Sheriff’s Office where he gained his Mental Health, SWAT, Intoxilyzer Operator,  Animal Control, JPX Pepper Gun, and Taser Certifications  under the watch of Sheriff Ralph Montemayor for a year and a half.  During his time at TCSO, Sgt, Sandifer arrested a felony fugitive and received a Certificate of Commendation from the Trinity County Crime Stoppers.

Sgt. Sandifer became a Patrolman for Groveton Police Department in January 2013.  In December of 2013, Sgt. Sandifer acquired his K9 partner Heidi. While working for GPD under Chief John Raiford, Sgt. Sandifer has become a Sexual Assault Family Victim Investigator, Reed Interview and Interrogation Certified, a Certified ASP Baton and Tactical Handcuff Instructor, and is certified with the Department of Homeland Security as an ALERT 1 Active Shooter Operator. Sgt. Sandifer made Corporal in May of 2015 and Sergeant in November of 2016.  He is currently an Intermediate Peace Officer, in May of 2017 Sgt. Sandifer will pick up his Advanced certification after acquiring his Associates Degree from Angelina College.In his spare time, Sgt. Sandifer has served numerous positions on the Tri-Cities Youth Sports League board and coached numerous baseball teams for TCYSL. He has also coached youth basketball for several seasons as well as volunteering with Watch DOGS Program at Lansberry Elementary in Trinity.  Sgt. Sandifer and his wife, Johnna a LIFE Skills teacher, stay busy raising their four children.  Their oldest daughter is a junior at Texas A&M University and their boys are active in little league sports.  They are members of Lufkin Family Worship Church and enjoy being an active Christian family.