Phillip Whitehead

Detective Phillip Whitehead is a 23-year veteran of law enforcement.  He began his career with the Fort Worth Police Department in 1995 as a patrol officer and went on to become a detective as well as an international Police Mentor in Afghanistan.  He has extensive experience in special weapons and tactics (SWAT).

Detective Whitehead is currently assigned as Team Leader for the Detective Operations Surveillance Unit, formerly the Intelligence Unit.  As Team Lead, he directs operations which include executing covert operations in support of all part 1 offense investigations involving homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, organized crime and other violent crimes.

Detective Whitehead was assigned to the Fort Worth Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit for six years, where he operated as a sniper, entry member, High Angle Assault Team (HAAT) and vehicle assault instructor for over 1400 operations.  During his time in SWAT, Detective Whitehead also served as an instructor at the Fort Worth Police Academy. He conducted firearms training and for 17 years was the facilitator for officer survival school. Detective Whitehead has extensive specialized experience in tactical scenarios including running high risk warrants, hostage situations and barricaded subjects.  He is Defensive Tactics/Physical Training certified and is a Texas state certified instructor. 

In addition to his domestic law enforcement career, Detective Whitehead spent 2 years overseas with DynCorp International in Afghanistan. There he worked as an International Police Mentor within the Afghanistan Civil Police Program and was promoted to Staff Liaison Officer for Task Force Phoenix and Police Reform Directorate of Operations. During his time in Afghanistan, he advised training programs (POI), Course of Actions (COA) and conducted intelligence gathering and correlation. Detective Whitehead also served as a mentor for the Chief of Staff and Minister of Interior to assure the quality of all Regional Training Centers in the nation.