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Police Deputy

Company: City of Victoria
Location: Victoria
Posted on: June 2, 2021

Job Description:

This is a professional commissioned position in Police Administration working with and reporting directly to the Chief of Police. The qualified candidate will s erve as Operations Bureau Commander with direct oversight of the Patrol and Investigations Division. In addition, this position assists the Chief of Police and First Deputy Chief in the research and development of department programs, policies and procedures in order to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the citizens and to reduce the overall crime in the City of Victoria.
The desired candidate will be a collaborative team-builder, who brings progressive management practices and provides a supportive work environment where department employees can work with independence, but remain accountable for their areas of responsibility. The Police Deputy Chief must have strong personnel skills and be willing to mentor and coach staff and work to provide opportunities for training and growth . The selected candidate will be receptive of new ideas and encourage creative solutions. He or she should possess a can-do attitude to their leadership of the department.

Salary amount offered will depend on qualifications. This is an exempt position.
About the Victoria Police Department
The Victoria Police Department (VPD) is proud to provide a high level of progressive and professional services to the community. VPD employees are committed to the core values of Integrity, Professionalism, Pride in Service, and Respect. The department takes great pride in serving the public in a respectful and professional manner and enjoys strong support and citizen engagement from the Victoria community.

The department strives to meet the goal of being a 21st-century department by providing community policing using social media platforms, developing a website called Police 2 Citizen, and developing a community partnership with the Crime Cams program.

Throughout its history, VPD has distinguished itself as a professional and progressive agency. The department places a strong emphasis on education and training of its personnel and sets high expectations in the area of community service. This is exemplified in the following examples:

  • VPDs emphasis on education and training is recognized by the officers who have received specialized training at the DPS Law Enforcement Academy in Austin. The department also has numerous officers who have graduated from prestigious programs, such as the FBI National Academy, the Northwestern Traffic Institute, the Police Training School conducted by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and the Law Enforcement Management Institute.
  • In 1989, the Victoria Police Department became the 7th Texas Department (95th in the nation) to become a nationally accredited law enforcement agency. In 2004, the Victoria Police Department was reaccredited for the final time with CALEA and then voluntarily opted out of the program.
  • More recently, the department established the Victoria Police Foundation that sponsors the Victoria Police Youth Explorer Program. This program is for high school students, ages 14 to 18, who have an interest in law enforcement. The department also established the first ever Victoria Police Department Summer Youth Camp for younger students.
  • The department provides trained mental health officers who participate in the Victoria County Community Response Team. This team proactively intervenes with residents experience mental health crises.
  • The Victoria Police Department was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program, a U.S. Department of Justice program that provides funding to law enforcement agencies to hire new personnel. The department was selected among many other applicants for its ability to identify a specific problem in the community and explain how funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to address that problem. The new officers will work under the Victoria Police Departments Community Policing efforts, focusing on challenges related to violent crime impact and neighborhood quality-of-life issues. The award will pay 75 percent of the officers salaries and benefits for the first three years.

Supplemental Information

**IMPORTANT** Please make sure to review the required documents listed below . These documents must be completed and attached to your online application in order to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants must complete, attach and submit the following documents with their application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Personal History Statement

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  1. Evaluates plans, organizes and articulates the departments mission, goals, objectives and level of service delivery to ensure that city departments and citizens receive the highest quality of Police services.
  2. Supports in the planning of long-range goals and objectives for the department.
  3. Creates, implements and directs departmental operational plans focused on reducing overall crime in the City of Victoria.
  4. Develops, reviews, and enforces departmental policies, procedures, and regulations for all enforcement actions, crime prevention and investigative activities. Keeps abreast of new methods of conducting departmental operations. Stays current with appropriate court rulings and changes in laws that affect law enforcement.
  5. Enforces City of Victoria policies and procedures.
  6. Prepares technical reports, ordinance recommendations and police regulations to meet City of Victoria and department objectives.
  7. Conducts problem solving and decision making for internal personnel issues, investigations, disciplinary actions and coordination of services to best meet department and community needs. Receives and investigates citizen complaints regarding employee conduct and departmental procedures.
  8. Conducts ongoing observation and evaluation of activities, services, programs and personnel in order to assess performance, and evaluation of individual, unit and department strengths and weaknesses. Analyzes workload trends and implements staffing and assignment adjustments to achieve objectives of programs and services while monitoring safety and personnel issues.
  9. Communicates Police Department directives and changes in protocols; maintains discipline and assures compliance to Police Department General Orders, State and Federal laws, regulations and mandates.
  10. Meets with press, community organization, and citizens to discuss crime prevention and departmental activities and to maintain community relations. Confers with officials and community groups and establishes public relations functions of the department, as they pertain to public awareness, citizen inquires, and inter-agency cooperation. May work with groups to enlist assistance or enhance cooperation and support of law enforcement programs.
  11. Cooperates and works with other City Departments on related matters. Serves as a liaison with other internal and external police, fire and emergency medical agencies.
  12. Appears in court and testifies under oath.
  13. Regular attendance at work and arrives on time.
  14. Performs all other job-related duties as assigned or as become apparent.
PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

Employee exposed to possibly dangerous criminals on an ongoing basis. Ability to work in seasonal temperatures and may be exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals and diseases. Sufficient physical strength and stamina to withstand long hours and sedentary work environment. Ability to remain alert, efficient and effective over long periods of intense concentration. Ability to operate a motor vehicle at high speeds during emergencies. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, co-peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:
Principles, practices, methods and techniques of modern police activities. Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a comprehensive police service program. Organizational and management practices to analyze and evaluate programs, policies and operational needs. Principles and practices of personnel management to include, but not limited to, supervision, training, and evaluations. Ability to select, motivate and develop personnel to perform their duties in a safe, efficient and purposeful manner. Ability to provide the City Manager/Assistant City Manager with sound, positive advice and information concerning City services within the incumbents area of responsibility. Ability to provide successful leadership in support of the Police Departments primary goal to provide quality, efficient services for our citizens and customers. Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws. Skill in the use of firearms and other related law enforcement equipment. Ability to build relationships with Police Department employees, city staff and local law enforcement agencies.

Minimum Education, Experience and Certification:
Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, criminology, police administration or related field is preferred. Ten years experience in law enforcement with a minimum of 4 years in a senior command position. Prefer experience in a senior leadership role with a progressive law enforcement agency either in county, state, or municipal police department. Experience with overseeing large scale projects from beginning to completion. Must possess a Texas Police Officer License (TCOLE) and Master Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education or ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment with the City of Victoria. Prefer completion of advanced command training such as the FBI National Academy, Command and Management College (ILEA), Southern Police Institute, Bill Blackwood Institute (LEMIT) or equivalent. Valid Texas drivers license with driving record that meets city guidelines. Will consider equivalent combination of experience and education, which provides the knowledge, abilities and skills required for the job.

Keywords: City of Victoria, Victoria , Police Deputy, Other , Victoria, Texas

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