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Former High Ranking Fort Worth Police Officer Fired For Driving Drunk

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – More than five months after he was arrested for DWI, a former high-ranking officer with the Fort Worth Police Department has officially lost his job.

Paul Henderson, who once served as Chief Jeff Halstead's chief of staff, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drug or alcohol while off duty on December 1, 2012.  A Texas DPS trooper pulled Henderson over for making an unsafe lane change in Parker County.  The arrest affidavit said Henderson admitted to texting and having a few drinks.  Henderson performed poorly on a field sobriety test and refused a blood test.

Chief Halstead said in a statement that all the allegations against Henderson were sustained and has issued him an "indefinite suspension."  Henderson does have the right to appeal his the decision.

Before this incident, Henderson's rank was that of a major and his salary was $125,736 a year.  Following his arrest, his pay was cut, and he was demoted to captain.

"Public trust is the foundation of Public Safety.  The Chief of Police is expected to hold all employees accountable for their actions, on or off duty, regardless of rank, tenure, or position," wrote Chief Halsted in a written statement.

A month after Henderson's arrest and the arrest of another FWPD officer, Chief Halstead held a news conference insisting that officers caught driving drunk would be fired.

"You cannot drink and drive any longer, unless you want to throw your career down the drain because I will not tolerate it. And when I get that case, if you are sustained of that allegation, you will not be working in this organization," he said.

Paul Henderson joined the Fort Worth Police Department in 1993.

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