Interested in becoming an Irving police officer or an emergency dispatcher? Irving Police Chief Jeff Spivey says now is an exciting time to join the force.
Citing a terrific team of more than 500 people, Spivey explained that the city has experienced tremendous population growth, and with that growth, the department has budgeted to hire additional personnel. The Irving Police Department is an attractive place to work because it takes a progressive approach to policing.
“We recognize the importance of proactive policing, community partnerships and the need to employ the use of technology and data to arrest criminals,” Spivey said. “We are very involved in community outreach and have numerous opportunities for our employees to be involved.”
In fact, the Irving Police Department just launched a Mental Health Response Team, which will provide a comprehensive response to calls involving behavioral health emergencies. This is the first of its kind in the state.
Last year, the crime rate dropped nearly 6.5 percent from the prior year. Spivey attributes the decrease to the trust and relationships employees have established with Irving residents and businesses, adding, “That trust encourages our community members to be a part of fighting crime.”
When hiring, the department looks for particular characteristics: integrity, honesty and professionalism combined with the ability to make difficult decisions quickly. Applicants also must care about serving the public with fairness and compassion.
Police Department employees say they chose to work in Irving because the department is large enough to provide tremendous promotional and income opportunity, but small enough to feel like family.
“The professionalism at the Irving Police Department is apparent,” Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer said. “They do a tremendous job serving our city.”
For more information on the hiring process, visit CityofIrving.org/Recruiting.