The Victoria Police Department continues to recruit and hire the highest quality individuals as Police Officers. Our officers are bound by the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and all licensed officers, prior to assuming sworn status, are required to take an oath of office to enforce the law and uphold the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Texas.
Our civilian team members provide support to the entire organization. Their service is critical to the success of our Police Department. The civilian employees of the Victoria Police Department must undergo testing, Review Board interviews and background checks similar to our sworn officers.
On October 13, 2017, Officer Nathaniel Arnold was sworn-in as licensed peace officer for the Victoria Police Department. He is pictured above with Chief Jeff Craig, on left, and Assistant Chief John M. Ray, on right.
Officer Arnold is originally from Lake Jackson, Texas. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout prior to graduating high school then went on to graduate from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He graduated from the Lone Star College Police Academy in June, 2017.
On July 13, 2017, four new officers shown above were sworn-in as licensed peace officers for the Victoria Police Department. They are pictured from left to right – David Thompson, Chris Kalina, Halie Watkins and Travis Hunt.
Officer David Thompson is originally from West Virginia and then attended high school in Seattle, Washington. He moved to Texas about four years ago. His previous employment was with TDCJ as a Corrections Officer in Beeville and then he worked at the Victoria Regional Juvenile Justice Detention Facility. He graduated from Victoria College Police Academy in May, 2017.
Officer Chris Kalina was born and raised in Shiner, Texas. After high school graduation, he served in the National Guard as a Combat Engineer. He was sponsored by the VPD while he attended the Victoria College Police Academy, where he graduated in May, 2017.
Officer Halie Watkins was raised in Port Lavaca, Texas and after high school graduation, she studied Criminal Justice at The Victoria College where she continues her education. She began work with the VPD in 2015, as a Police Clerk. She was sponsored by the VPD to attend the Victoria College Police Academy, where she graduated in May, 2017.
Officer Travis Hunt was born and raised in Edna, Texas. After high school graduation, he began working at the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Officer. He graduated from the Del Mar Regional Police Academy in Corpus Christi in May, 2017.