Clifford Woitena started his career with the League City Police Department in 1999. Cliff has his Master Peace Officer license from the State of Texas, a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University, a master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University, a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia, is a graduate of the 89th class of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, and is a graduate of the 258th session of the FBI’s National Academy. Cliff has received 3 Medals of Valor from the League City Police Department, an Officer of the Year Award for Heroism from the 100 Club of Houston, and an Officer of the Year Award from the League City Citizens Police Academy.
During Cliff’s tenure with the organization, he has served in numerous roles. He has been a K9 Officer, Field Training Officer, Maritime Safety Enforcement Officer, Bicycle Patrol Officer, Firearms/Tactics Instructor, Certified Mental Health Officer, Honor Guard Member, and a Galveston County Auto Crimes Task Force agent. He has also served in various supervisory positions within the Operations and Support Services Bureaus. One constant within Cliff’s career with League City has been his 19-year assignment to the agency’s special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team. Cliff has served in almost every capacity on the team, culminating in his appointment as the overall Commander for the Combined Agency Response Team (CART) for League City, Alvin, and Pearland. Cliff left CART upon appointment to the position of Chief of Police.
Cliff is a nationally recognized instructor for the ALERRT Center (since 2005) and the Safariland Training Group (since 2009). He teaches active shooter response, forced entry operations, firearms, high-risk operations, patrol tactics, and leadership. Cliff is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and proudly completed his service, attaining the rank of Sergeant.
Cliff values the opportunity to serve not only the men and women of the League City Police Department but is honored to have spent his career serving such a wonderful community. Of his accomplishments, Cliff is most proud of his role as a husband and father to four wonderful children.