New officer joins MPD team


Brittney Edwards move to her new home in Madisonville three years ago; she found another home in law enforcement.

With a month under her belt at the Madisonville Police Department, Edwards said she is looking to learn all aspects of protecting people.

Edwards said she lived in numerous towns around Central and East Texas, and landed in Madisonville after her mother moved here three years ago.

“I started with Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and was with them for five years,” she said. “I wanted to learn that aspect of protecting the public first. I’ve always wanted to be in law enforcement, and I started with TDCJ.”

After her time in the prison system, she was sponsored to become a police officer through the MPD, which paid for her to attend the police academy. She graduated in December.

Currently, she is out on the streets, training with Officer Jonathan Lawrenz, who will use Madisonville as a training ground for a few years.

Law enforcement is about people, she said, and she loves to help people.

“It’s not about arresting people; it’s about helping people with their situations,” she said. “Arrests aren’t always the solution; sometimes, they just want someone to vent to.”

Still, Edwards is looking forward to the experience, and said she is grateful to the people of Madisonville to give her the opportunity to serve.

“Ultimately, I want to be a homicide detective, and go to a bigger agency,” she said. “I want to learn the aspect of general patrol officer before moving on to something else.”