During his tenure with APD he was
the recipient of well over 200 commendations and awards including four
Meritorious Conduct Bars, six Police Commendation Bars, Three Life Saving Bars,
Four Certificates of Merit Bars, and one for Valor. He received numerous
certificates and awards over his 35 years with APD from various city, county,
and law enforcement agencies and clubs. In 1993 Ernie Hinkle was one of 18 law
enforcement officers to receive the State of Texas Law Enforcement Professional
Achievement Award presented by Governor Ann Richards.
He was considered to be a model
peacemaker in community affairs as well as policing affairs and was instrumental
in establishing many successful programs to enhance both the APD and the City of
Austin. In 1994 the "Ernie Hinkle Humanitarian Award" was founded. Since that
time, each cadet class nominates a fellow officer to receive this award to honor
them as their class humanitarian and the award is presented to them at
graduation just before they are commissioned.
A compilation of short stories by
Police Lieutenant Ernie Hinkle, who retired from the City of Austin November
1995 as one of the most decorated officers of his time with 35 years of service.
The streets were where the people were and where he felt he could make the most
difference and impact upon their lives." Lieutenant Ernie Hinkle is the author
of LT: A Street Cop's Stories.
According to the book description
of LT: A Street Cop's Stories, the book is compiled of 141 short
stories of historical, serious, and comical events and most people just cant
put it down once they start reading it. The Tower Shooting, both from factual
data and his perspective as he lived through it, is one of the stories included
in the book. Ernie was a true street cop, was the most decorated officer of his
time, and holds way over 200 awards, commendations, and merits."