'Get you a degree' Big Texas Heat interviews, on CMT Nov. 10
By April MacIntyre Nov 9, 2012, 15:33 GMT
New CMT series "Big Texas Heat’s" Chief Jones, Officer “Big Sexy” Givens and Rookie Officer Morales spoke to journalists about their new series.
New CMT series "Big Texas Heat’s" Chief Jones, Officer “Big Sexy” Givens and Rookie Officer Morales spoke to journalists about their new series.
In a nutshell: "Get you a degree..."
The premiere of this travesty of the law and carbohydrates comes tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10:30pm ET only on CMT.
“People in the community of Trinity call me Big Sexy instead of Officer Givens so I take pride in that name. It carries me well. I’m cute. I’m good looking and I’m big and sexy,” – Officer “Big Sexy” Givens
CMT brings the larger-than-life humor of one small-town Texas police force to TV. Follow the on and off-duty antics of the police department in the tiny town of Trinity, population 2,697.
They may not have the world's highest crime rate to contend with, but keeping their small town safe from danger is a full-time job for this fun-loving crew.
Thanks to off the hook delicious food, everything’s bigger in Texas, and the cast of CMT’s new series Big Texas Heat are no exception. Lap band surgery episodes are sure to come.
Premiering Nov. 10th, the series features a phat and fat bunch of small town cops from Trinity, Texas. Meet the donut-loving crew including Chief Jones, Officer Givens (aka “Big Sexy”), and Rookie Officer Morales.
They may not have the world’s highest crime rate to contend with, but keeping their small town safe from danger is a full-time job. In the first episode, the officers attempt to track down Trinity’s “most wanted” and the Chief gets in trouble at home after an encounter with an old flame. Big Texas Heat premieres Saturday, November 10 at 10:30 – 11:00 p.m., ET/PT.
· The Trinity PD is the “go to” in Texas for offbeat arrests, and were declared home of the best mug shots by the Houston Press. They’ve recently been under scrutiny for their aggressive adoption of social media – they even post mug shots and names of everyone they arrest on their website and Facebook, and have more FB followers than the population of Trinity.
Here is an interview with the Big Bunch:
Can you tell us how you guys got approached for the show and what about your department and what about Trinity makes the show so interesting?
Officer Givens Well, for me what makes it interesting is that it’s a small town with great people, and me coming from a large city over five million people plus and get the opportunity to show our characteristics and who we are outside of the uniform as well as inside the uniform is a big plus. It lets the community express—people outside of the community know who we are and what we do, and lets them know that we are a bunch of fun guys and we are people, we are human, and we all have feelings just as well as they do. We all deal with the same types of issues they deal with, and I think it’s great. I think it’s a calmer side and it’s going to be a good side they’re going to see with each of these officers.
How about for Chief Jones and also for Officer Morales?
Officer Morales First I would like to say I had fun doing the show. As far as how I was approached with the show, I hung around the police department for a while getting to know all the guys and stuff so I was here since the beginning, and ever since then I’ve been pretty excited about it and I was onboard 100% of the time. I was just anxious to get started with it, and then while we were doing it CMT man, they just made it very, very easy for us for us to just enjoy it.
Chief Jones I was approached by a lot of people- Sergeant Wheeler and a gentleman by the name of Chris Gordon who I guess you call him a business entrepreneur, Sergeant Wheeler was friends with Chris Gordon and they had a conversation about how much fun Wheeler has working here and how working for a small city and the community and everything he loved here. Well, when they got to talking Chris said, “Well, put a little video together for me and send it to me.” Sergeant Wheeler got my permission and said, “Can I film everybody Chief and can we do this?” I said, “Yeah let’s do it.”
Naturally that was a little over 2.5 years ago and I never thought that it would end up doing this. That would have been the initial approach right there, and I mean it was within a couple of months I think that there was actually a small professional team come back and did a little bit more video of us, and then another team came. When they said, “Man, this is really going to happen,” it really was hard to believe that.
Officer Morales I just want to add in because I know the person that had the question was asking what makes Trinity awesome or different than anywhere else. Most of the nation is more city than it is rural and being here it’s quiet, it’s peaceful and not a whole lot of people get the opportunity to see what it’s like on the country side.
Anyway, what I was saying is when I got the opportunity to leave the city and come here I actually get to sit on a lake and drink my coffee, and I enjoy it. I think it’s awesome just because the fact that there’s a lot of trees here and it’s just quiet and peaceful, and there’s a lot of people out there that just enjoy their time out here and just like being out here.
Could you tell us what social media has done to help you with the show and also just in your department?
Chief Jones Once we started the Trinity Police Department Facebook page I really had a hard time with it because I got a lot of bad talk about it. People were complaining and they didn’t like it and the police department shouldn’t be on social media because we’re supposed to be this and supposed to be that. Once it got going then I realized that the opinion changed from negative to positive.
The majority of the people that were positive about it started coming out and saying, “Hey we want this. We want this in our community. I want to know what the guy looks like that’s been breaking in to houses or stealing stuff or I want to know what the guy looks like that has drugs or doing drugs.”
The way the social media has worked out for us I think the show is going to work out in the same manner. The social media showed our community a little bit of the inside of our department. Still not any of the clowning or some of the fun that we actually have up here but the show is going to show the—the show is going to go even deeper in to what it really is like at the Trinity Police Department and how much our officers really do work and how much we really do care about our city and our community.
Officer Morales, what is it like being the rookie for you? What is the interaction like coming in to a department like that?
Officer Morales It’s fun. It’s hilarious. I didn’t know coming in to law enforcement would actually be this fun being on the light side of it, and even though I put up with a lot I know I’m not the first officer to go through it, and I know I’m not going to be the last. I still say that I’m learning a lot from it and working with Chief Jones it’s only going to make me make that one mistake one time.
How long have all the officers been with the department?
Officer Givens I’ve been with the department—April of next year 2013 will be a total of three years I’ve been with the department.
Officer Morales I graduated December 2010 and have been an officer ever since.
Chief Jones February 2003 I became the Sergeant but in 2007 our Sherriff for our county had to leave office and I filled in for two years for the unexpired term as the Sherriff of Trinity County. Then when I was through with that the Chief position came up in Trinity and I took that Chief position in the last part of 2008.
And who has been the longest on the staff?
Chief Jones I have.
What advice would you give to people that want to go in to law enforcement?
Officer Givens The advice I would give to anyone is to make sure that’s something that definitely you want to do. It’s a dangerous job but at the same time you go in for the right reasons. My reason for going in is I like people. I like dealing with people. Just to make the community safe is what I like—things around me and people around me so just make sure that’s something you want to do and you be passionate about people and passionate about making the people around you safe.
Officer Morales My advice to them would be don’t forget you’re human and that’s one thing I believe. I want to put that message out there as far as the show goes. We’ve got to show the lighter side of law enforcement. It’s not all stone face like Chief Jones had mentioned previously. We’ve got to lighten up. You can’t take this job 100% serious 24/7. You have to be aware of your surroundings but then again you have to cut loose and you have to know when to take that badge off and when to put it on.
Chief Jones I’ve had some nephews that are in the military right now and they’ve asked me that same question. What I’d say is one thing is education or military service. Get you a degree, get a degree in criminal justice and spend that time in college and educate yourself or go in to the military and get you some military time, and go to work for an agency that is going to be able to provide you something.
I don’t have either and I regret that; however, I’ve had to fight and struggle. I’m proud that I was appointed Sherriff of the County and I’m proud that I was appointed as Chief, but it was a lot of fighting and a lot of struggling over the years that I’ve had to do to accomplish that, and it would have been a lot easier on me if I would have had a better education or I’d had some kind of military experience.
I see that you do a lot of practical jokes on each other. Is there a certain person that you pick on or is it anybody’s up for grabs on that.
Officer Morales One thing that I’ve learned being here with these guys is they’re going to get whoever is open. Whatever they can catch that practical joke is going to go on that person.
Chief Jones I have to agree with Morales there. It’s kind of if you leave yourself open there and somebody finds a niche—and it might not be physical or something but it can be something just to mess with your head. Case in point, last night was Rookie Morales. We went to watch the elections and we had some uncontested people that natural people still vote for them, and Morales is standing there and I heard that our district attorney who is going to now be our district attorney was uncontested, and I hear Morales. He didn’t really pay attention to the board and he said, “Man, it looks bad for Benny. This Lindy woman is going to beat him.” Well, Lindy she’s the County Clerk. She was also uncontested and he wasn’t paying attention. I said, “Morales, you need to run tell Benny right now it’s not looking good for him. It’s not really looking good for him at all.” So there was a joke in that. He ran over there eager beaver to tell Benny that and then Benny got a laugh out of it. It’s just if you leave yourself open then we’re going to have a little bit of fun with you.
Officer Givens I feel like exactly they all said. We all get our fair share of getting picked on, the way we talk, the way we walk, the way we look, the way we dress. It’s all in fun. Sometimes you get a little frustrated sometimes just by the way you get picked on but at the same time it’s all in fun and we know that each on of us do care about each other a great deal. I love it. I love the camaraderie that we all have with one another.
Chief Jones One of the other things I’ll say is you’re going to see that we pick on ourselves and there’s a closeness to that but that way we know it’s us. When we’re out there in the public we’re unified. We know that this is a guy that I can have some fun with, but when I need him he’s going to be there. It’s a great feeling.
Officer Morales And it made the show extremely exciting.
This is for you Officer Givens. How did you come to be Big Sexy?
Officer Givens Well, it initially came—it wasn’t necessarily the Big Sexy name but like in high school and back in the 80s I had the thought that I’ll pose and do better poses than one of my high school football coaches, and I was kind of buff. I’m sexier now than I was then but I got in to a couple poses down and who was in the class and I did take his class.
I asked the class and he asked the class to challenge each other so we went to this weight room downstairs in the gymnasium and we let the class pick who had the best poses, and the winner would be called Mr. Body or whatever, something corny or something of that sort, but I won of course. I made the class a little bias. When I went off to college and played ball and things such as that I took the name from the body and it just called it Big Sexy because I gained weight a little bit and I just took the name. Body just became called Big Sexy so from Big Sexy from college.
Then I went to the police academy. When I get to commitment speech my commander at the police academy announced me as Big Sexy so I’ve just been Big Sexy since and that’s what I carry on and some people in the community of Trinity call me Big Sexy instead of Officer Givens so I take pride in that name. It carries me well. I’m cute. I’m good looking and I’m big and sexy.
Chief Jones Actually, up here in Trinity in the winter time he’s called Big Sexy. In the summer time he’s Big Sweaty.
Officer Morales Hey, Big Sexy don’t forget you may be Big Sexy but I am more sexy.
· Chief Jones: Born and raised in East Texas and got to Trinity as fast as he could, Chief Steven Jones has been the glue that has kept the Trinity P.D. together since 2008. Though he’s a fun loving and affable practical joker, nobody in Trinity questions his authority…except, perhaps, for his wife Melanie and their 6 kids. Whether he’s BBQ’ing some of his award winning baby back ribs or pranking one of his officers with a zap from his taser --- Chief Jones is a great guy to be around…. provided you’re on the right side of the law.
· Big Sexy is Barry White in a uniform. Large and in charge, Big Sexy has enough charm to spread around Trinity, twice over. As a man who takes pride in his appearance, Big Sexy is only seen looking and smelling his absolute best. Beloved by men and women alike, Officer Givens is the face of the department in his role as “Lead Community Officer.” The ladies can look, but that’s about all – Big Sexy is devoted to his wife and five kids.
· Rookie Morales: 30 year old Morales is new to the force and it shows! This over-eager, know-it-all rookie, will do anything to be a “super cop” but despite his good intentions, his execution usually goes horribly wrong. A former military guy who spent time in Iraq, Morales is determined to prove himself to the Chief.... in the meantime, he’s not allowed to drive a patrol car. The Rookie is happily married with three kids and also enjoys ghost hunting in his spare time.