The chief spoke at Fort Worth's Rosemont Middle School as part of a new program aimed at explaining the value of education.
“I made a very bad decision when I was 21 years old, because in my senior year of college, I quit college,” Halstead said. “That was a big mistake.”
He later discovered that the career he chose demanded advanced degrees. He later decided to pursue law enforcement.
But to do that, he earned a bachelor's degree in law enforcement administration and a master of educational leadership. He urged his audience to never lose hope.
“You will be the golden generation that will carry this country into a new level of efficiency, of technology growth and a higher plane of leadership than we’ve ever seen,” he said. “I beg all of you to reconsider any thought of ever stopping your education.”
-- Bill Miller