Chief of Police
Message from Police Chief Jeff Spivey
I consider policing to be one of the most noble professions anyone can choose. A police officer has an opportunity to make a life-changing impact on a person or people they come into contact with on a daily basis. This requires the police officer to always be prepared for any circumstance which may present itself, and to respond to the circumstance in such a way as to bring credibility, respect, trust and honor to every man and woman who wear the uniform and swear an oath to protect and serve.
In order to ensure we are successful in this endeavor, the Irving Police Department fully embraces the concept of procedural justice. This manner of policing is taught to every member of the police department and reinforced throughout the department’s culture. Procedural justice supposes that the fairness in the processes by which disputes are resolved or resources are allocated has more of an effect on the overall satisfaction of the parties involved than the ultimate outcome.
With this understanding, there are four tenets of procedural justice which form the basis by which each employee is expected to interact with the community and with each other. Those four tenets are: Respect, Voice, Transparency, and Equality. When our employees follow these tenets, we believe the process by which a decision was made will be fair, and the outcomes will be understood and more fully accepted.
President Calvin Coolidge famously said “No one is compelled to choose the profession of a police officer, but having chosen it, everyone is obliged to live up to the standard of its requirements.”. I believe the men and women of the Irving Police Department are the embodiment of President Coolidge’s statement.