On August 15, 2011, Chief Jeffrey J. Craig began his service with the Victoria Police Department as Chief of Police.
Chief Craig was born and raised in Long Beach, California and began his law enforcement career in 1982 when he joined the ranks of the Long Beach Police Department, where he served for 29 years.
Chief Craig’s police officer experience includes assignments in Patrol, Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Drug Investigations Section. In 1988, he promoted to Sergeant with assignments that included the Gang Enforcement Section, the Metropolitan Division/Special Enforcement Section and SWAT. In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he worked Patrol, the Special Enforcement Section, SWAT and Vice. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Commander where his assignments included the Communications Division and the West Patrol Division.
He was also the Chief of Staff working in the office of the Chief of Police. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2006 where he was in command of Emergency Operations Division, Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism Division, Jail Division and the Training Division.
Chief Craig is a member of the Texas Police Chief’s Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation-National Academy Alumni Association. Chief Craig is committed to the Community Policing Philosophy and is actively involved in several community service organizations including the Victoria Rotary Club, HOPE of South Texas, Mid-Coast Family Service, Victoria Chamber of Commerce and a member of the South Texas Advisory Council for Devereux Behavioral Health.
Chief Craig holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Long Beach City College in Administration of Justice, a Bachelors Degree from University of Phoenix in Business Management and a Masters Degree from University of Phoenix in Organizational Management. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Class 196 and from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government State and Local Government Program.
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