Lt. Koppa serves as the Public Information Officer for Highland Park DPS. Lt. Koppa is a Certified Public Communicator, a post-graduate certification from Texas Christian University (TCU) in partnership with the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers. In 2019, Lt. Koppa earned a Master in Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology from TCU. Lt. Koppa began his career with Highland Park DPS in July, 2000, and has served as a Field Training Officer, Field Training Officer Supervisor and Patrol Sergeant. Lt. Koppa was appointed as the Department spokesperson in January, 2012.
Requests for information originate from media outlets representing a wide variety of markets including print, television, radio, and online formats. The rise of "social media" has added a new component to the information highway. The position of spokesperson requires Lt. Koppa to be "on-call," and accessible to both DPS personnel and representatives from the media.