Law Enforcement Liaisons
The Law Enforcement Liaisons (LEL) elevate traffic safety throughout the State of Texas, working in an all-inclusive supportive role with the Texas Department of Transportation, providing education on the topics such as Distracted Driving, Child Occupant Restraint Enforcement, Strategic Traffic Operations, Lurking in the Data, Social Harm, Build a Grant, Grant Management and Speed. The LEL program has expanded to providing full TxDOT support for all Strategic Traffic Enforcement Programs (STEP’s), Click It or Ticket and Impaired Driving incentive mobilizations. In addition, our LEL staff provides comprehensive technical support and assistance with reporting to the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) eGrants systems.
Meet the law enforcement liaison…
Tamara Spencer dedicated 18 ½ years of her life to serving and protecting League City citizens. A native of Rochester, NY, Spencer relocated to the Houston area in 1975, graduating from J. Frank Dobie High School, and attending San Jacinto College.
Spencer got her start in law enforcement in 1997 as a League City Patrol Officer. Spencer eventually promoted to Sergeant and quickly stepped in to serve as a Special Operations supervisor. She left the Department in 2016 as a day shift Sergeant. Spencer was the second female sworn officer in the history of the department to have ever been promoted.
Tamara, a Master Peace Officer, has a long list of accomplishments and certifications including being certified and trained as a Standardized Field Sobriety test practitioner and instructor, State of Texas expert witness for DWI cases, mental health officer, bicycle and marine patrol officer, TCOLE certified instructor, Collision Avoidance Training instructor, Intoxilyzer Operator, Commander of the League City Honor Guard, advanced Accident Investigator, and a Crash Reconstruction Expert. Tamara is also certified to teach Critical Incident Peer Support and Suicide Prevention for First Responders.
Tamara actively assisted in teaching and coordinating events for the League City Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. She has numerous awards including the 100 Club of Houston Officer of the Year, the League City Police Department Medal of Valor, and the City of League City Employee of the Quarter. She was most proud of being honored during her career as a special delegate to China for her involvement in organizing an exchange internship program for students of China’s Zhejiang Police College with Sam Houston State University and the League City Police Department.
After leaving League City PD, Tamara joined the Texas Municipal Police Association in 2016 as a Field Representative for the Houston and East Texas Region. Tamara’s duties included assisting officers during critical incidents such as officer involved shootings, fatal crashes, and mental health support to include suicide interventions. Tamara also instructed numerous law enforcement classes around the state.
Tamara became a full-time Staff Instructor for the FRIDAY (Focus on Reducing Impaired Driving Among Youth) and ADAPT (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Training) programs in 2017 and is now a Law Enforcement Liaison for TMPA. She is assigned to the Corpus, Houston, Laredo and Yoakum Districts, working closely with TXDOT to help educate and save lives on our Texas roadways. She continues to teach Critical Incident and Suicide Prevention courses as well.
Tamara is married with four children, two granddaughters and a grandson. One of her children is expecting another little girl in October. Her husband James is a retired Assistant Chief of Police from League City. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys a passion for gourmet cooking and spending as much time outdoors as possible.