Member Spotlight: 

Billy Meeks, TALI President Elect

 

Billy Meeks decided he wanted to become a police officer at age five. As a child, while playing cops and robbers with neighborhood friends, Billy doesn’t remember once playing the robber; he was the cop – always. As a youngster, Billy worked a 2300-acre farm; a farm that was in the family since the Civil War. Fast forward a few years - they moved to Dallas where Billy attended high school during the week then the farm on weekends. Billy’s summer “vacations” were also spent on the family farm where he helped grow watermelons, squash, cantaloupe, and corn. After H.S., Billy attended East Texas State University then joined the Army. At 22 after receiving an Honorable Discharge, Billy embarked on his law enforcement career that would span over 40 years. Billy’s career involved working some of Collin County’s most horrific serial killer and serial rape cases. He worked over 250 death investigations. Billy commanded task forces and was the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards one of which “Officer of the Year” issued by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office. Billy had the honor of receiving this award from Attorney General Janet Reno.  After retirement from Law Enforcement, Billy obtained his PI license and started his own company. Currently he owns and operates Innovative Investigative Resources, Inc.  

What makes a PI a great investigator?
A great investigator is an individual that is experienced and also savvy enough to know he does not have all the knowledge. A great investigator is experienced enough to know when and where to find the resources to get the job done. A great investigator must maintain a professional profile, be responsive to clients and fellow investigators and have the confidence to know the right direction to take an investigation based on the facts of the case. A great investigator knows how to document a set of facts, evidence and other court issues for recall at a later date. He/she must also know how to educate his clients, employees and fellow investigators to bring a successful conclusion to issues in question. A great investigator exercises good judgement and sound integrity.  One more important trait is they never give up – tenacity!


Looking back at your career what is your Life's greatest work?
I would have to say as a Detective with the Plano Police Department. As a Detective I worked numerous major cases from 1987 to 2006 including cases involving serial rapists, serial murderers, and investigating deaths of numerous kids involved in heroin use and distribution.

The serial rapist Jason Keith Richardson was my first major case. He was a rapist that targeted real estate agents. He would go to model homes with the agents brandish a knife and terrorize and molest them for hours. Through a variety of investigative techniques, tips and luck we were able to identify Richardson and bring him in.

During 1997, I was assigned to a Task Force to investigate deaths associated with heroin. This was a change in my career direction. After five years of working these types of cases, our Task Force within five years achieved 200 federal indictments and 350 state indictments. We were also responsible for the disbanding three cartels working the local area.

How do you navigate the balance between work and family?
I do not do a good job in the balance between work and family. Since I was a police officer, Detective, husband and father I wore a pager and cell phone and responded to every call that came out. I put the family behind and took the call for service. I regret that now as I now see the results of that imbalance. Today, I’m trying hard to find that balance it’s difficult.

What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
I have several answers to the question:
1) The birth of my children.
2) My Masonic career.
3) The results of the major investigations that I conducted through my police career.
4) And lastly, as a PI, the results of my defense investigations that help innocent defendants from the agony of a false allegation.

Which part of your career has been most satisfying? Do you have any regrets?
Every minute as an investigator has been satisfying, rewarding and unbelievably awesome. The regrets that I have are that I let my professional life control my family life and the loss of my family time as my children were growing up. Balancing your professional life with personal life is always challenging.