BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - After two decades on the force, Detective Christopher Loup is retiring from the Bryan Police Department.
Chris Loup started with the department as a volunteer until he was hired as a civilian employee in October 1997.
A few years later, Loup joined the force and became the lead Detective of Crimes Against Children in 2004.
"Chris Loup has a very big heart and is very dedicated. He has always gone above and beyond," said Shannon Hernandez, director of programs at Scotty's House.
Loup spent fifteen years working with child victims at Scotty's House, an advocacy center for abused children.
"He really has a heart for that type of job. And he has compassion for the victims," said Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk. Kirk also serves as president of the board of directors for Scotty's House.
He also spent time as a detective on numerous cases at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC).
"He seems to believe them, which is very important in our line of work and it's the best way for our survivors to feel and that's something that Chris has always done for us and for our survivors," said Martha Opersteny, SARC's executive director.
The people Loup has impacted agree that he will be greatly missed.
"He's done a tremendous job for the Bryan Police Department and he's served this community well," said Sheriff Kirk.
"We're going to miss him a lot here at Scotty's House," added Hernandez.
Opersteny said he's made a big difference at SARC.
"We just again thank him for everything that he's done and he needs to know that there are a lot of survivors that will not forget what he's done to make their lives a little bit easier," said Opersteny.
Loup said he's not done making a difference. He will be starting graduate school in February to pursue a professional counseling license. He plans to help families and victims dealing with trauma.