Company: City of Victoria
Posted on: June 2, 2021
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
Salary amount offered will depend on qualifications. This is an
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
- 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.
**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:
- Cover Letter
- Personal History Statement
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
- 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
- Supports in the planning of long-range goals and objectives for
- Creates, implements and directs departmental operational plans
focused on reducing overall crime in the City of Victoria.
- 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
- Enforces City of Victoria policies and procedures.
- Prepares technical reports, ordinance recommendations and
police regulations to meet City of Victoria and department
- 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.
- 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.
- Communicates Police Department directives and changes in
protocols; maintains discipline and assures compliance to Police
Department General Orders, State and Federal laws, regulations and
- 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
- 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.
- Appears in court and testifies under oath.
- Regular attendance at work and arrives on time.
- Performs all other job-related duties as assigned or as become
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
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
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