Chief of Police
Chief Eric Blanchard is the 5th police chief for the City of Aransas Pass. Chief Blanchard began his law enforcement career in 2000, after graduating the Del Mar Police Academy top of his class. He worked a short time for the Mathis Police Department and the Portland Police Department but spent most of his time with the Sinton Police Department. He arrived in Aransas Pass as Chief in June of 2012.
Chief Blanchard is an experienced patrolman, investigator, and police administrator. He excelled in criminal investigations working several large cases, some that span the globe. His investigative talent was recognized by the Crime Victims Coalition in Corpus Christi, Texas as well as the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend.
Since arriving in Aransas Pass, Chief Blanchard earned Employee of the Year (City, 2013), Outstanding Citizen of the Community (Woman’s Club of Aransas Pass, 2014), Outstanding Public Service Achievement Award (Chamber of Commerce, 2015), nominated for Taser’s RISE Award (Taser – Policeone, 2015), Key to the City Award for efforts during Hurricane Harvey (City of Aransas Pass Council, 2017), Pillar of the Community Award (Spirit of Aransas Pass, 2018), the Service Community Commitment Award (community of Aransas Pass, 2019), and Employee of the Year (City, 2019).
Today, Chief Blanchard leverages technology to both improve policing and secure and strengthen close community partnerships. Additionally, he designed, created, and continues to maintain this website (police.aptx.gov). He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Texas A&M Criminal Justice Program.
Chief Blanchard holds an associate degree from Del Mar College, a bachelor’s from Tarleton State University in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Master Degree in Criminal Justice. Chief Blanchard has an open-door policy when it comes to serving the public, so feel free to drop on in or email him your questions, concerns, or comments.
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