While stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, Chief Rader served in his off-time from the Army, as an auxiliary officer with the Riley County Police Department from 1991-93. The Riley County Police department is located in Manhattan, Kansas, which is home to the Kansas State University Wildcats. His duties while at the Riley County Police Department included college football and basketball game security, large-event traffic control assistance, local area park patrol, and backup assistance to full-time Riley County police officers. After fulfilling his military service in 1993, Chief Rader moved back to his home State of Texas where he attended North Harris College, earning his AAS Degree in Criminal Justice. Chief Rader founded the North Harris College Criminal Justice Association for college students and served as the organizations inaugural president. He also participated in, as part of his academic studies, an internship with the Harris County District Attorney's Office Fraud Division, assisting in the investigation and prosecution of major fraud offenders.
Upon graduation from North Harris College, Chief Rader began his Texas law enforcement career with the Brookside Village Police Department as a patrol officer. In 1995, he became a member of the Galena Park Police Department, during which time he has held several classified positions including patrol officer, corporal and sergeant. Chief Rader holds a Master Peace Officer License with the State of Texas, and he has been recognized on numerous occasions during his career for his outstanding leadership and dedication to law enforcement; including 1997 Officer of the Year, Office of the Attorney General of Texas nominee for 1999 Peace Officer of the Year, 2001 Corporal of the Year in 2001, and 2005 Officer of the Year by the Galena Park - Jacinto City Rotary Club. Chief Rader also helped form in 1997 the Galena Park Police Patrolman's Association and served as association president.
Chief Rader believes strongly in community-oriented policing techniques and continuously strives for the highest degree of professionalism possible by police department employees. Chief Rader's strong belief in working with the public helps to maintain community support and a constructive working relationship with all who have contact with the police department. During his tenure with the department, Chief Rader assisted in instituting community programs such as the Galena Park Senior Citizen's Fishing Club, the annual Galena Park Police Department Halloween Festival.
In his spare time, Chief Rader enjoys numerous hobbies such as fishing, hunting , woodworking, and spending valuable time with his family. He has been married to his wife for over (20) years, who serves in a public capacity as an elementary school teacher, and are proud parents of one son.