Instead of calling 911, feel free to contact our non-emergency line at 361-573-3221 and the Call Takers will determine if it is appropriate for an officer to respond or return your call. They may also be able to help you or refer you to the right place.
Through the VPD Records office, copies of some police reports may be sold (if the document is able to be released). For other documents and information, a Public Information Request form may be needed. Public Information Request Forms (which includes police reports and body cam videos), may be found here on our Documents page
Police reports available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Victoria Police Department
P.O. Box 2086
Victoria, TX 77902
Crash Reports: The reports for crashes investigated by the Victoria Police Department may be purchased online for $8.50 at POLICEREPORTS.US or for $6.00 if purchased in person at the Victoria Police Department Records Section which is in the City Hall Building at 105 W. Juan Linn Street in downtown Victoria. Click HERE for more information on Crash Reports investigated by the VPD.
Report/Document Copies: $.10 page
Certifying Document: $ 2.00 (additional)
Clearance Letters: Local Criminal History: $7.50 (Must provide Texas photo ID)
Offense Reports: $ .10 page
CUOTAS DE COPIAS DE REPORTES
Por favor deje pasar por lo menos 2 días para que los reportes sean procesados desde la fecha de lo ocurrido antes de que solicite una copia del reporte.
Reporte de accidente: Los reportes de accidentes investigados por el departamento de policía de Victoria se pueden comprar en línea por $8.50 en POLICEREPORTS.US o por $6.00 si se compran en persona en el departamento de policía de Victoria, Sección de Archivos que está ubicado en el edificio de City Hall en el 105 W. Juan Linn Street en el centro de Victoria. Haga click aquí para más información de reportes de accidentes investigados por el VPD.
Reporte / Copi as de documento: $.10 por pagina
Certificación de documento: $ 2.00 (adicionales )
Carta de Acreditación: Historial criminal local: $7.50 (Tiene que proveer identificación con fotografía)
Reporte de Ofensa: $4.00
Copias Certificadas: Agregue $2.00 adicionales al costo del reporte.
- Yes. If the crash was investigated by the Victoria Police Department, you may purchase the report online through PoliceReports.us. Click here for more information.
Does the Police Department offer Fingerprinting Services? I need a set of my fingerprints for a job.
Fingerprinting services are available at the Victoria Police Department, located on the first floor in City Hall (next to Police Station) at 105 West Juan Linn Street.
Hours: Wednesday & Friday 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Fee: $5 first card - $2 each additional card charge
Please try and bring exact change (cash/check only).
Cards: Most requestors will have their own cards they will want you to use, and you should always ask. However if they do not supply you with a card we do have one available.
You must show a valid picture ID to be fingerprinted.
Records Section will direct you to the Crime Scene Unit for printing.
NOTE: Police personnel cannot provide fingerprinting for immigration purposes. For information about immigration fingerprinting requirements, please visit U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services .
Servicios de huellas dactilares
Los servicios de huellas dactilares están disponibles en el Departamento de Policía de Victoria, situado en la primera planta del City Hall (al lado de la comisaría de policías) en el 105 del oeste de Juan Linn.
Horas: Miércoles y Viernes 1:00 P.M. al 3:00 P.M.
Costo: $5 primera tarjeta - $2 por cada carga adicional de la tarjeta
Por favor traiga el cambio exacto (efectivo/cheque solamente).
Tarjetas: La mayoría de los solicitantes tendrán sus propias tarjetas que quisieran que usted utilizara, y que usted siempre debe pedir. Sin embargo si no le suministran una tarjeta tenemos uno disponible.
Usted debe demostrar una identificación válida con foto para que se tomen las huellas dactilares.
Los de la Sección de Archivos lo dirigirán a la Unidad de la Escena del Crimen (CSU) para la impresión.
NOTA: El personal de policía no puede proporcionar la huella dactilar para propósitos de inmigración. Para información sobre requisitos de la huella dactilar de la inmigración, visite por favor U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Often times individuals will request a "Clearance Letter" on themselves for business, work, travel, etc.
The VPD Records Section only provides the information found in the Victoria Police Department records management system.
An individual can only request a background check for themselves and in person. They have to fill out a form, provide a VALID Texas DL or ID and must have lived in Victoria for the past 4 months or have been a resident of Victoria at one time. The cost is $7.50. The background check will ONLY cover the City of Victoria and does not include Victoria County or the State of Texas. The only charges that go on the background are arrests that resulted with a conviction
VPD Records Section is located in the City Hall building at: 105 W. Juan Linn St., Victoria Texas
The telephone Number for VPD Records is 361-485-3700.
Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal History Searches:
Arrests, prosecutions and the disposition of the case for persons arrested for Class B misdemeanor or greater violation of Texas criminal statutes are available for purchase by clicking here on the Texas Department of Public Safety Website.
Yes. Funeral escorts are arranged through the funeral homes.
The Victoria Police Department, provides funeral escort services which provide high visibility and traffic control from the service location to the burial site, thus allowing the entire cortège to formally arrive safely at the final destination
105 W. Juan Linn Street
Victoria, TX 77901
Exceptions: Requests for services on Sundays or Mondays should be received no later than 9:00 a.m. on the Friday preceding the escort date.
If a funeral escort originates outside the city limits and enters the city, or originates inside the city limits and travels outside the city limits, it will be the responsibility of the funeral home to contact the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction outside the city limits along the path of escort route to assume responsibility for the escort once the procession leaves the Victoria city limits.
Fee: $ 60.00 (to be invoiced by City of Victoria)
Please note on the times escorts are not available (peak patrol times):
Monday - Friday
7:30 am – 8:15 am
11:45 am – 1:00 pm
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
City of Victoria applications for all Victoria Police Department positions must be completed online by visiting this link: City of Victoria Human Resources Job Openings. At this website, prospective applicants must create an account and follow all instructions regarding the position for which they are applying.
The Human Resources Office is located at 700 N. Main, Suite 101, Victoria, Texas and they are open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached for questions at 361-485-3500.
The Police Department must adhere to requirements set out by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) as well as the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services policies.
Victoria Police Department Hiring Process Overview
The selection process for employment by the department is divided into several steps. An applicant must complete one step prior to advancing to the next step. All steps are normally completed within 90 days.
The hiring process for all Victoria Police Department positions is essentially the same. Tests will be administered for all entry level positions. This hiring process is subject to change. We ask that candidates utilize this website as much as possible to help answer questions pertaining to employment with the Victoria Police Department.
Applicants for all positions within the Police Department must meet the following requirements for further processing:
- Must meet the minimum age and education requirements in the City of Victoria Job Description for the position.
- Must satisfactorily pass a credit review and/or meet City guidelines for financial obligations such as an IRS lien or garnishment, judgment for non-payment or admission of non-payment of child support. A sustained disqualification will be in effect until the applicant meets the City of Victoria standards.
- Failure to meet the City of Victoria driving standards which includes:
- Three (3) or more at-fault accidents and/or moving violation convictions within the last three (3) years. (if the applicant is applying for a position that requires driving)
- Driving during suspension of driving privileges within the last three (3) years
- Must have been fingerprinted and subjected to a search of local, state and U.S. national records and fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record. The VPD fingerprints all employees.
- Must not have been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order.
- Must not currently be charged with any criminal offense for which conviction would be a bar to obtaining a TCOLE license for the position.
- Must not ever have been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years.
- Must never have been convicted of any family violence offense.
- Must not be prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle (if the applicant is applying for a position that requires driving).
- Police Officer applicants must not be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
- Must have been subjected to a background investigation and have been interviewed prior to appointment by representatives of the appointing authority (Police Department).
- Police Officer applicants must successfully pass a medical examination from a physician selected and approved by the City of Victoria. These applicants must be physically sound and free from any defect which may adversely affect the performance of duty appropriate to the type of license sought
- Police Officer and Telecommunications Operator applicants must successfully pass a psychological examination from a Psychologist or Psychiatrist appointed and approved by the City of Victoria.
- All applicants must successfully pass a City of Victoria approved drug screening.
- Must not have been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions including, specifically; (A) under other than honorable conditions; (B) bad conduct; (C) dishonorable; (D) any other characterization of service indicating bad character.
- Must not have had a TCOLE license denied by final order or revoked.
- Must not have a TCOLE license that is currently on suspension, or must not have a voluntary surrender of the license currently in effect.
- Must meet the minimum training standards and pass the TCOLE licensing examination for each TCOLE license sought.
- Must not have violated any TCOLE rule or provision of the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1701.
- Citizenship: Police Officer Applicants must be a U.S. citizen according to TCOLE Rules. For other positions, check with the City of Victoria Human Resources Office for eligibility.
- All applicants must meet the physical requirements in the City of Victoria Job Description for the position for which they are applying.
- Police Officer applicants must successfully complete the VPD physical ability course. The VPD physical ability course consists of an obstacle course that must be completed in 90 seconds which includes a 4' and a 6' wall; balance beam; hurdles; running, etc. Applicants must also drag an approximately 180 lb dummy.
- Applicants for Police Officer Trainee to be sent to the Victoria College Police Academy by the VPD, must meet the Academy's physical fitness entrance requirements.
It will be necessary to submit your completed Personal Information and History Packet by uploading it to your online application. This packet can be found in the individual City of Victoria Human Resources Job Listing.
For selected applicants who pass the written test, all other required documents that apply on this Document Checklist must be turned in on or before the date of your scheduled VPD Review Board. Your background process will not begin until all of these forms have been turned in.
This list below is provided as a guide for applicants to gather the documents required for the position for which they are applying.
Documents for City of Victoria Human Resources
VPD Personal Information and History Packet
This can be found in the individual City of Victoria Human Resources Job Listing
Documents for Background Investigation
- Confidential Information Agreement Form
(Notarized) (Included in the Personal Information and History Packet)
- City of Victoria Personal History Statement
(Notarized) (Included in the Personal Information and History Packet)
- Authority to Release Information – TCOLE form (Police Officer Applicants Only)
(Notarized) (Included in the Personal Information and History Packet)
- Birth Certificate
- High School Diploma / GED Certificate
- High School Transcript
- College Transcript
- College Diploma
- T.C.L.E.O.S.E. License
- T.C.L.E.O.S.E. Exam Results (if known)
- Training Certificates
- Copy of Driver’s License
- Copy of Social Security Card
- Police Academy Diploma
- Military Discharge / DD214
- Typing/Spelling Scores from:
- Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent
120 S. Main Street, Suite 110, Victoria, TX - 361-578-0341
This is required for all positions and should be accomplished by you, on or before your VPD Review Board date. Results will be forwarded from Workforce Solutions to the City Human Resources Department who will then forward the scores to the Police Department Training and Recruitment Unit.
- Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent
While some disqualified applicants may be encouraged to reapply again with the Victoria Police Department for the position sought or other positions within the department, there are some applicants which may be deemed ineligible to reapply.
Disqualified applicants may reapply or may be placed back into the application process if the requirements are met when the applicant:
- Failed to Meet Medical Requirements. If an applicant can have a medical condition corrected so they can successfully pass a medical exam then they may reapply. That applicant must show in writing from a doctor or physician that the condition has been corrected before re-initiating the application process. The determination of the City of Victoria approved doctor or physician will be the final decision regarding the failure to meet medical requirements.
- Failed to meet TCOLE Education Requirements or the educational requirements of the Victoria Police Department.
- Failed to meet the typing or spelling requirements in the City of Victoria Job Description for the position being sought.
- Failed to meet city liability insurance requirements concerning driving records (if the applicant is applying for a position that requires driving).
- Failed a credit check.
Applicants not eligible for hire or those who will not be considered for hire on the basis of a single test, examination, interview, or background investigation will be informed by the Training Unit, in person, by phone or in writing within thirty calendar days.
Applicants who successfully passed all steps of the application process and were not selected may be placed on an eligibility list for a year or may reapply as openings exist.
- Applicants may reapply after six (6) months if the applicant failed to successfully complete the following after two (2) attempts:
a) Written examination
b) Physical ability test (entry level Police Officer positions)
c) Review Board Process (With approval of the Chief of Police, Assistant Chief or their designee, the applicant may interview again within a 60 day period on a scheduled interview date)
- Unless otherwise determined by the Chief of Police or Assistant Chief, applicants may reapply after one (1) year if they fail the:
a) Background Investigation
b) Pre-employment Drug Screening
- Applicants may not reapply if they did not pass the City of Victoria pre-employment drug screening or failed to meet the psychological requirements of the City of Victoria, unless approved by the Chief of Police. The determination of the City of Victoria approved doctor or physician will be the final decision regarding the failure of a psychological test.
The sixty (60) day, six (6) months or one (1) year time frame mentioned above will begin from the time the applicant was informed of their disqualification.Any of the following items may result in the PERMANENT rejection of an applicant.
- Knowingly omit or falsify any information on the application or on the Personal History and Information Packet.
- False Statement to the Oral Review Board – Any applicant who knowingly gives false information during the oral interview will be disqualified from future selection processes.
- False Statement to the Background Investigator.
- Failure to meet the Criminal History requirements set out by TCOLE and the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services policies mentioned in the Victoria Police Department Hiring Process Overview.
- Court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor. (May not reapply).
- Conviction of any offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor. (May not reapply).
- Prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition (Police Officer applicants).
- Discharge from any military service under less than honorable conditions including, specifically:
a) Under other than honorable conditions;
b) Bad conduct;
d) Any other characterization of service indicating bad character.
- Having a TCOLE license denied by final order or revoked.
- Having a TCOLE license that is currently on suspension, or must not have a voluntary surrender of the license currently in effect.
- Violation of any TCOLE rule or provision of the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1701.
- Failure to meet the U.S. Citizenship requirements. Police Officer Applicants must be a U.S. citizen according to TCOLE Rules. For other positions, check with the City of Victoria Human Resources Office for eligibility.
- Admission or discovery of current substance abuse.
Conduct contrary to the standards of the police service, such as association with persons known to engage in criminal activity, when such conduct is outside the necessity of such association required by the duties of a police officer. To be reviewed or considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Admission or discovery of the manufacture, delivery, sale or possession with the intent to sell or deliver any controlled substance.
It will be presumed that the applicant is aware or the records of activities of those with whom he/she associates unless the applicant can provide information or evidence to the contrary.
It will be presumed that the applicant is aware of the activities of any group or organization of which he/she is a member unless the applicant can provide information or evidence to the contrary. Rejection for any of the above will be determined upon a case-by-case review by the Department. Proven discontinuation of the activity, association or membership will be considered.
Any one of the following items may result in the TEMPORARY rejection of an applicant for the period specified for each item.
- Termination from any law enforcement agency for cause. (“For Cause” means an affirmed termination due to an action, or failure to act by the applicant.) [Discretion of Chief/Asst. Chief]
- Asked to resign or resigned while under investigation from a law enforcement agency (does not include economic lay-off). [Discretion of Chief/Asst. Chief]
- Court-ordered community supervision or probation for any Class B misdemeanor offense within the last ten (10) years from the date of the court order.
- Conviction of a Class B misdemeanor offense within the last ten (10) years from the date of conviction.
- Admission or discovery of current valid warrant(s) of arrest – One (1) year from date of application and proof warrant(s) have been cleared or otherwise adjudicated.
- Documented instances of unstable job history or unstable job performance, such as:
a) An excessive number of jobs of short duration – Four (4) or more jobs within a five (5) year period. To be reviewed or considered on a case-by-case basis.
b) Poor performance, poor attitude, poor relations with the public, inability to be trained, irresponsibility or dishonesty. To be reviewed or considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Failure to provide all required documents at time application is due will result in a disqualification for a period of six (6) months from the date of being informed verbally or in writing.
- Admissions or discovery of offenses committed by the applicant will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as to their relevance in the rejection criteria.
- Offenses committed while in the military or in other jurisdictions will be reviewed as if they occurred in the State of Texas.
For the purposes of these criteria, a plea of No Contest as well as Deferred Adjudication sentencing will be considered the same as a conviction.
Prior Drug Use:
Evaluating prior drug use by an applicant for the Victoria Police Department revolves around the experimental versus the habitual user. Rather than immediately disqualifying an individual for prior drug use, the police department tries to distinguish between the individual who has used marijuana or other drugs on several occasions (experimented), as opposed to a person who has regularly used drugs over an extended period of time.
Various factors may be taken into consideration when evaluating prior drug use by an applicant and evaluated on a case by case basis. Factors to be considered when determining eligibility include the type of substance used, frequency of use, if the use was experimental, and how recent was the usage. Experimental use is considered usage to determine the effects of a drug.
Another factor that may be considered is whether the prior drug use was self-disclosed by the applicant or discovered during the background investigation.
Temporary or Permanent Disqualifiers:
If, at any point, the applicant is determined to meet any of the following disqualifiers, the application process for that individual may be terminated at the discretion of the Chief or Assistant Chief:
- Possession or use of any Penalty Group 1 or 2 substance within the last three (3) years. (Examples include but are not limited to: cocaine, morphine, opium, heroin, LSD, PCP, methamphetamine, ecstasy, and oxycontin)
- Possession or use, without a prescription, of any Penalty Group 3 drug; within the last three (3) years. (Examples include but are not limited to: steroids, xanax, hydrocodone, ambien, ritalin, and codeine).
- Possession or use of marijuana within the last three (3) years.
- Abuse of inhalants within last three (3) years. (Examples include but are not limited to paint, paint thinner, freon, and gasoline).
- Involvement in the illegal manufacture, sale, delivery or furnishing of any controlled substance or drug to another with the expectation that a personal benefit would be received as a result of the actions. – Permanent Disqualification.
- Conviction of any offense involving illegal drugs according to the requirements set by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) or Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) security rules.
- See the section at the following link: Criminal History requirements under the Hiring Process Overview.
Applicants for Police Officer Trainee with the Victoria Police Department, to be sent to the Victoria College Police Academy by the VPD, must meet the Academy's physical fitness entrance requirements.
More information is also by found by clicking here on the VPD Recruitment / Training webpages.
- We are interested in hearing about what we are doing right so we may continue quality services. You may visit our Service Request page by clicking HERE to share information regarding any compliments you have for our employees. You may also call the Office of the Chief of Police at 361-485-3714 or email InternalAffairs@victoriatx.org
To file a complaint against a member of the Victoria Police Department you may contact the Internal Affairs Unit in person during business hours at 361-485-3714 or email them at InternalAffairs@victoriatx.org.
You may also speak with a Supervisor by appearing in person at the police department.
Updated Police Officer Step Pay Plan
for Fiscal Year 2015-2016
The VPD is always happy to provide a speaker for your event when possible. If you are interested in having a speaker for your organization or would like to request a course be offered for your organization - call 361-485-3808 or email by clicking this link.
All courses are offered completely FREE of charge. Courses are scheduled and held periodically in the Community Room at Victoria Mall. Due to limited seating in the Community Room, we do ask that anyone planning to attend a course, register by calling the Crime Prevention Office.
Courses are also available upon request for civic organizations, churches, or businesses, that would like an officer to come to their location and deliver one of these courses.
Some of the topics offered are:
- Burglary Prevention (Residential Security)
- Robbery Prevention
- Active Crime Prevention
- Motor Vehicle Safety
- Avoiding Scams
- Identity Theft Protection
Lieutenant Eline Moya is currently designated as the VPD Public Information Officer for media releases.
Click here to email the VPD PIO or you may call 361-485-3723.
Neighborhood Watch is much more than adding and using good locks. It is more of a state of mind or a level of awareness, because you are the extra eyes and ears to detect crime in your neighborhood. Criminals are always interested in where the police are. In a good Neighborhood Watch, criminals will also be leery of the homeowners because they know the homeowners are watchful and will be prepared to act by reporting to the police and their neighbors.Our Crime Prevention Unit can let you know if there is already an established Neighborhood Watch in your area. If not, you can volunteer to be a Block Captain or Neighborhood Watch Coordinator.For more information on Neighborhood Watch - contact 361-485-3808 or email by clicking this link.
Since 1994 the Victoria Police Department has afforded its citizens an opportunity to experience our department in a fun and unique way. Through the Civilian Academy, citizens are exposed to many facets of law enforcement that have never been offered to citizens before.
The Civilian Police Academy is an 11-week program designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the Victoria Police Department. It consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week, on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and two Saturday mornings.
Classes are free and are held once a year.
Graduates can continue their academy experience by joining the VPD Civilian Academy Alumni Association. The Alumni maintain close ties with the police department and assist the department in various community programs and projects.
Find out more by clicking here: Civilian Police Academy Information or by calling our Crime Prevention Office at 361-485-3808.
Periodically the VPD Crime Prevention Unit along with the Civilian Police Academy Alumni sponsor an event that includes child fingerprinting. The children are printed and the fingerprints (and sometimes footprints) are given to the parents to be kept in a safe place.
Call our Crime Prevention office located in Victoria Mall near the Sears store at 361-485-3808 for more information.
What is a Home Security Survey?
A Home Security Survey is an inspection of your home. The inspection will cover items such as type of lighting, doors, locks, and windows.
Why should I have a Security Survey done?
For more information on Home Security Surveys - contact 361-485-3808 or email by clicking this link.
You will learn what areas of your home need security improvements and how to make those improvements. Also the inspection may qualify you for a reduction in your home owner’s insurance premiums.
Every vehicle is equipped with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate on the dash board. These plates can and are being replaced with a new, fake plate by thieves. By etching all the windows on a vehicle with the VIN the thief then has to replace and dispose of marked glass. Disposing of over 100 lbs. of marked glass is a thief’s worst nightmare! The thief sees the etching and then moves to an easier vehicle.
Four reasons to etch your windows:
1) The professional thief is on the lookout for alarms and VIN Etching. If he notices that your vehicle has been etched, he may well move on to another easier target. This is a good reason to also display window warning decals.
2) If the thief plans to resell your car after attempting to change the VIN, now he must replace all the glass at a cost of thousands of dollars. His profit is up in smoke!
3) If the thief runs a "chop shop" operation, dismantling stolen cars for the parts, now he runs the risk of having all these VIN's from stolen cars laying around his shop in complete doors and even amidst broken glass in the corner.
4) When the stolen car is recovered by the police, an etched VIN may be the only solid link to the original vehicle owner.
Etching may also increase the resale value of your vehicle. In some instances, VIN Etching will entitle you to a reduction on your insurance (check with your insurance agent).For more information on VIN Etching - contact 361-485-3808 or email by clicking this link.
The Street Blocking Application/Permit can be found by clicking here on our VPD Documents and Forms page. Feel free to contact our Chief's Administrative Assistant at 361-485-3714 with any questions.
As it states at the top of the form:
In compliance with the Code of the City of Victoria, Sections 22-7 – the information shown below shall be furnished in writing and the Street Blocking Permit Application shall be submitted at least ten (10) days in advance of the proposed event to the Victoria Police Department if the event is on a public street or to the City Parks and Recreation Department if the event is within Riverside Park.
Submit the Application to the following as appropriate:
If on a Public Street:
Victoria Police Department – Chief of Police
P.O. Box 2086
Victoria, TX 77902-2086
If in Riverside Park:
Victoria Parks and Recreation
476 McCright Drive
Victoria, TX 77901
The Parade Permit Application can be found by clicking here on our VPD Documents and Forms page
As it states at the top of the form:
In compliance with the Code of the City of Victoria, Sections 22-30 through 22-39 – the information shown below shall be furnished in writing and the Parade Permit Application shall be submitted at least ten (10) days in advance of the proposed parade to:
Victoria Police Department – Chief of Police
P.O. Box 2086
Victoria, TX 77902-2086
Does the Police Department issue permits for Pool Halls, Taxi Drivers, Itinerant Vendors or Solicitors?
The Police Department only assists them with background checks for some of the permits.
Persons wanting information on obtaining Off-Duty Police Officers for security work may contact the Chief's Administrative Assistant at 361-485-3714 regarding off-duty work.
There are some jobs or events that our officers are not allowed to work. Also the number of officers required may change based on the type of event, location of event, or the number of guests expected.
- Visit the Defensive Driving webpage for the City of Victoria Municipal Court to see if you are eligible and for more information.
The VPD does have a ride-along program where interested citizens may ride with an on-duty Police Officer.
There are restrictions which can be found in the VPD Policy on the webpage linked below.
Click here for more information on the VPD Ride-Along Program as well as the Application form and the VPD Ride-Along Policy.
Since 1979, the Victoria 100 Club has not only provided assistance to law enforcement families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty, but also aided law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical personnel with needed equipment and funds for training.
Yes - absolutely ! All callers remain anonymous and will receive a code number for identification purposes when he\she contacts Crime Stoppers anytime of the day or night – 7 days a week.
Tips to Crime Stoppers may be submitted by telephone call, through the web or with the P3 Tips smartphone app.
The anonymous tip line for Crime Stoppers is 361-572-4200 -- DO NOT GIVE YOUR NAME ! !
The Investigations business line where you can ask to speak with our Crime Stoppers Detective (not anonymous) is 361-485-3730.
The Police Department has a full-time Crime Victim Liaison who assists victims of violent crimes through our Victim Assistance Program. The goal of this program is to assist victims of crime; protect and advocate the rights of victims; provide resources and referrals in our area; and to prevent further victimization. Victims are notified of their victim rights through our Victim Assistance Information Booklet which in most cases is provided by the responding officer at the scene of the incident.
There are many local or statewide services as well. For more information click on our Victim Services webpage.
Can you tell me if a certain area is a “safe” place to live? How can I get information on Criminal Activity?
We are not allowed to give that opinion. You may request the crime activity in that area by filling out an Open Records Request or go to RAIDS Online.
Through the VPD Records office, copies of some police reports or statistics may be sold (if the document is able to be released). A Public Information Request form may be needed. Public Information Request Forms (which includes police reports and body cam videos), may be found here on our Documents page
RAIDS online is a crime alerting and mapping service that provides easy to read incident crime maps and automated alerts to the citizens of the City of Victoria.
Click the image below to see Victoria Police Department's Crime Map.
Yes - feel free to call our Investigations Division at 361-485-3730 and they should be able to refer you to the right person.
But remember that if you have information you can submit an anonymous tip through Tip411 with a text, through the VPD App or online.
Click the image below for more information:
Reports of criminal activity taken by VPD Police Officers are assigned to a follow-up investigator. If the offender is determined, but the person has not yet been arrested, then the investigator is responsible to work up the case, gathering witness statements and other evidence. This may take some time but once a thorough investigation is complete, the investigator sends a case packet to the Prosecutor’s Office for review. The Prosecutor then determines if a case should be accepted and recommends to a judge that a warrant be issued.
Yes, the crime must have happened in our jurisdiction which is within the Victoria city limits. If it happened outside the city in Victoria County, then you would need to contact the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office. If the incident occurred elsewhere, contact the law enforcement agency for that jurisdiction.
The owner or someone with apparent authority to act for the owner gives someone either oral or written communication that entry onto the property is forbidden (this can be residential or a business).
Normally, VPD Officers will assist in this “notice” by using a VPD Criminal Trespass Warning form to be filled out during the officer’s investigation and the residents, property owners or business persons who have trespassers at their residence, property, apartment complex, business property, etc., will sign the form. The officer will then request the person to whom the warning is directed to sign the form acknowledging that they may not return to that specific location for a certain time frame (generally no more than a year).
If the person returns, that person may be subject to arrest or the officer may work up a criminal case on the individual and request that charges be filed through the local Prosecutor’s Office.
FYI – Section 30.05 of the Texas Penal Code states in part:
Texas Penal Code § 30.05. CRIMINAL TRESPASS. (a) A person commits an offense if he enters or remains on or in property, including an aircraft or other vehicle, of another without effective consent or he enters or remains in a building of another without effective consent and he:
(1) had notice that the entry was forbidden; or
(2 received notice to depart but failed to do so.
For that entire law click here: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.30.htm#30.05
The offense of Harassment is defined by the Texas Penal Code, with that law found by clicking here.
In order to prove that a person committed an offense the investigator must prove the elements of the offense. This is often difficult without evidence.
A mail in Harassment Packet may be found by clicking here on the VPD Documents and Forms webpage. Instructions are in the packet and the entire packet must be completed before the VPD will investigate the alleged offense. The VPD investigator is then responsible to work up the case by gathering any other evidence necessary. This may take some time, but once a thorough investigation is complete, the investigator sends a case packet to the Prosecutor’s Office for review. The Prosecutor then determines if a case should be accepted and recommends to a judge that a warrant be issued.
The VPD Investigations Division has procedures to ensure the proper registration of all persons required to register as a sex offender who are living within the City of Victoria and to ensure compliance with Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The sex offender registration or verification process is conducted at the VPD on dates and times posted by the Investigations Division. Currently that is only on Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. or by appointment by calling 361-485-3730. No Exceptions.
The registering detective will determine if the sex offender is a new registered sex offender; verifying their information periodically; or reporting their change of status. The detective will then follow the appropriate procedure.
Regardless if the person is at the VPD to register, verify or change status – the registering detective shall always require a photo ID and proof of address from the sex offender. The photo ID must show the current address or show proof from DPS that their current address has been changed.
The Department of Public Safety has created searches for Texas Public Sex Offender Registry. These searches allow the public to search the registry for sex offenders registered in Texas.
Below are links where you an explore Texas Laws and Statutes as well as Victoria's City Ordinances.
Click here for Texas Laws and Statutes - found on a website maintained by the the Texas Legislature. Most of the Criminal Laws are found in the Texas Penal Code, however some are within other codes such as the Health and Safety Code for drug/narcotics violations. Most traffic laws are found in the Transportation Code beginning primarily at Chapter 501.
Victoria City Ordinances:
Click here for the City of Victoria Code of Ordinances - found at Municode.com. The information here is provided to Municode by the City Secretary's Office. You can look through the chapters in the left navigation or use their "Search" for a specific topic.
How often does someone say “Oh no, I’ve been robbed!” When the facts of the case are known, a “Robbery” may not have actually occurred but a Theft or other crime instead.
Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) in the US has been around for a long time and is administered by the FBI. The Victoria Police Department and thousands of other law enforcement agencies report crime data to the FBI via the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRIS) using their definitions shown here:
Robbery – The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear. Note – this is considered a violent crime against another person. It is often a violent type of theft in that it is committed in the presence of a victim(s), and in which the victim fears for their safety. Example: A store employee is forced at gunpoint, or knifepoint, to hand over the money
Burglary (breaking or entering) – The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. Attempted forcible entry is included. Note: Usually, a victim is not present during the commission of a burglary. Example: A person comes home from work to discover an open door/window and personal items such as jewelry and electronics missing.
Theft – The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Examples are thefts of bicycles, motor vehicle parts and accessories, shoplifting, pocket-picking, or the stealing of any property or article that is not taken by force and violence or by fraud. Attempted thefts are included. Embezzlement, confidence games, forgery, check fraud, etc., are excluded. (Note: These would be other criminal acts).
Definitions From the Texas Penal Code:
(See More at: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/)
Robbery – Texas Penal Code Section 29.02, defines this as:
(a) A person commits an offense if, in the course of committing theft as defined in Chapter 31 and with intent to obtain or maintain control of the property, he:
(1) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
(2) intentionally or knowingly threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.
(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree.
Aggravated Robbery – Texas Penal Code Section 29.03 defines this as:
(a) A person commits an offense if he commits robbery as defined in Section 29.02, and he:
(1) causes serious bodily injury to another;
(2) uses or exhibits a deadly weapon; or
(3) causes bodily injury to another person or threatens or places another person in fear of imminent bodily injury or death, if the other person is:
(A) 65 years of age or older; or
(B) a disabled person.
(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the first degree.
Burglary – Texas Penal Code Section 30.02 defines this as:
(a) A person commits an offense if, without the effective consent of the owner, the person:
(1) enters a habitation, or a building (or any portion of a building) not then open to the public, with intent to commit a felony, theft, or an assault; or
(2) remains concealed, with intent to commit a felony, theft, or an assault, in a building or habitation; or
(3) enters a building or habitation and commits or attempts to commit a felony, theft, or an assault.
(b) For purposes of this section, "enter" means to intrude:
(1) any part of the body; or
(2) any physical object connected with the body.
(c) Except as provided in Subsection (d), an offense under this section is a:
(1) state jail felony if committed in a building other than a habitation; or
(2) felony of the second degree if committed in a habitation.
(d) An offense under this section is a felony of the first degree if:
(1) the premises are a habitation; and
(2) any party to the offense entered the habitation with intent to commit a felony other than felony theft or committed or attempted to commit a felony other than felony theft.
Theft – Texas Penal Code 31.03 defines Theft as:
(a) A person commits an offense if he unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of property.
(b) Appropriation of property is unlawful if:
(1) it is without the owner's effective consent;
(2) the property is stolen and the actor appropriates the property knowing it was stolen by another; or
(3) property in the custody of any law enforcement agency was explicitly represented by any law enforcement agent to the actor as being stolen and the actor appropriates the property believing it was stolen by another.
Note: There is much more to the definitions at the Texas Statutes website.
For this and other Texas Laws visit the Texas Statutes website at: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/
Traffic concerns may be reported several different ways.
If this is happening right now and is a potential hazard which needs an officer to respond then call 911.
If this is an ongoing issue in your neighborhood or a problem on a particular street or intersection in town, then feel free to report that in one of the following ways:
- Visit the VPD Facebook page and send us a private message. We will be happy to forward that message to the proper area within our department as soon as possible.
Who to contact depends on where the vehicle is stored.
Stored Vehicles on a Public Street
If the vehicle is being stored on a public street then you may contact the Police Department in two ways:
- Call our non-emergency number at 361-573-3221 to have an officer respond. These calls are prioritized and response may be delayed.
- Click here to Place a Customer Service Request through the City Website by choosing the Police group on that page
Junked Vehicles on Private Property
- Contact the City of Victoria Code Enforcement Office - Click here for their information or call 361-485-3330
- Click here to Place a Customer Service Request through the City Website by choosing the Code Enforcement group on that page
Agency and Their Role
Victoria Police Department
Law Enforcement and Crime Prevention within the city limits of Victoria
Victoria County Sheriff’s Office
Enforces laws within Victoria County. Serves writs and processes of the courts; and houses prisoners in the County jail.
Victoria Fire Department – Arson Investigators
Fire prevention and investigation within the City of Victoria. The Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for determining the origin and cause of fires within the city limits.
Victoria County Fire Marshal
Fire and arson investigations, fire inspections and life safety fire code enforcement within Victoria County
Victoria County Constables Offices
Law Enforcement within Victoria County as well as subpoena witnesses, act as bailiff, execute judgments and service of civil process.
Victoria County Contact Page
Contacts for other Victoria County Offices
Texas Department of Public Safety
Law Enforcement throughout the State of Texas including Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Texas Rangers and Driver Licensing.
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Licensing and Enforcement/Audit and Investigations
Victoria College Police Department
Campus security including crime prevention, law enforcement, subsequent investigation, emergency preparedness, asset protection, and building access control at Victoria College.
University of Houston in Victoria – Police
Investigates and handles crime and public safety-related incidents at UHV.
Federal Bureau of Investigation – FBI – Corpus Christi Office
Jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal law. The major ones are: Terrorism, Counterintelligence, Cyber Crime, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Public Corruption, Civil Rights, Organized Crime, White Collar Crime and Violent/Major Thefts.
U.S. Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms – Corpus Christi Office
Protects communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.
United States Marshals Service – Victoria
Fugitive Operations, Asset Forfeiture, Tactical Operations, Federal Court Security, Prisoner Operations, Prisoner Transportation, and Witness Security