Duncanville City Manager Names New Chief of Police

2021 - LiVigni, MarkDuncanville, TX (January 10, 2022) – The City of Duncanville today announced the permanent appointment of Mark LiVigni as Chief of Police. Mr. LiVigni has been a member of the Duncanville Police Department since 1993, most recently serving as Interim Police Chief since March of 2021.

After vetting twenty-six candidates down to three finalists who went through a battery of interviews, including a community meet and greet, City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides selected Mark LiVigni as the new Chief of Police.

“Both Chief LiVigni’s professionalism and commitment to our City made him an ideal choice for permanent appointment as our Chief of Police,” said City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “I am genuinely excited to see his vision for our police department become a reality and have a positive impact on the lives of Duncanville’s residents.”

“I have had the honor of working alongside Mark for many years now,” Assistant City Manager and former Police Chief Robert D. Brown, Jr. added. “I am confident that our new Chief of Police will innovate and elevate the Duncanville Police Department.”

Chief LiVigni, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has more than twenty-eight years of policing experience, all serving the citizens of Duncanville. He has served in every sworn rank of the department and is only the second individual in the department’s history to have done so with this appointment. He is also a graduate of several high-level professional training courses, including the F.B.I. National Academy, the Senior Management in Policing training of the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration’s Executive Leadership training. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas.

Chief LiVigni said, “I could not be more excited, honored, yet humbled to serve this diverse City of Champions as its Chief of Police. The men and women of the Duncanville Police Department are committed to providing the best police service possible to the citizens of this great city. Collectively, we will work to make a good department even better. I appreciate our city management team’s confidence and that of our mayor and city council members.”

“I and the Duncanville City Council, as representatives of the residents of our fine City, are pleased that Duncanville will have a continuity of the type of quality service our great Police Department has always provided,” said Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “Mark LiVigni’s commitment to our fine men and women in uniform and our community make his selection one I and City Council can stand behind with great confidence.”

A formal Swearing-In ceremony is planned for Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Police Chief LiVigni recently promoted Matthew Stogner to serve as Assistant Chief of Police. Mr. Stogner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Texas Master Peace Officer Certification. He is a graduate of the Senior Management in Policing Program from the Police Executive Research Forum in Boston, Massachusetts. Matthew Stogner has most recently served as S.W.A.T. Commander and has been an officer, sergeant, and lieutenant during his 22-year career.

The Duncanville Police Department Joins National ABLE Project

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July 6, 2021 – The Duncanville Police Department was recently accepted into the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, Georgetown University Law Center’s national training and support initiative for U.S. law enforcement agencies committed to building a culture of peer intervention that prevents harm.

By demonstrating a firm commitment to transformational reform with support from local community groups and elected leaders, the Duncanville Police Department joins a select group of more than 90 other law enforcement agencies and statewide and regional training academies from across the country.

Backed by prominent civil rights and law enforcement leaders, the evidence-based, field-tested ABLE Project was developed by Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program in collaboration with global law firm Sheppard Mullin LLP to provide practical active bystandership strategies and tactics to law enforcement officers to prevent misconduct, reduce mistakes, and promote health and wellness.

ABLE gives officers the tools they need to overcome the innate and powerful inhibitors all individuals face when called upon to intervene in actions taken by their peers.

Interim Chief of Police Mark LiVigni said seeking inclusion to join the ABLE Project reflected important priorities for the Duncanville Police Department.

“As a professional and recognized public safety agency of the Texas Police Chief’s Best Practices Recognition Program, the Duncanville Police Department views the Active Bystander for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Program as making sense for our citizens, our personnel, and our city as a whole.  It is a win for everyone as we all have an interest in our agency being able to provide the most ethical and responsible delivery of police services possible to our community while reducing harm to all stakeholders when possible.” said Chief LiVigni.

Those who endorsed the Duncanville Police Department’s application to join the program included Duncanville City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides, Duncanville Chamber of Commerce President Steve Martin, and First Presbyterian Church Reverend, Dr. Ginger Hertenstein, all of whom wrote letters of support.

Reverend Hertenstein stated in her letter of support of the department’s application, “This program would be congruent with the  policies and culture of the Duncanville Police Department and its leadership.”

Professor Christy Lopez, co-director of Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program, which runs ABLE, explained: “The ABLE Project seeks to ensure every police officer in the United States has the opportunity to receive meaningful, effective active bystandership training, and to help agencies transform their approach to policing by building a culture that supports and sustains successful peer intervention to prevent harm.”

Chair of the ABLE Project Board of Advisors, Sheppard Mullin partner Jonathan Aronie, added: “Intervening in another’s action is harder than it looks after the fact, but it’s a skill we all can learn.  And, frankly, it’s a skill we all need – police and non-police.  ABLE teaches that skill.”

The ABLE Project is guided by a Board of Advisors comprised of civil rights, social justice, and law enforcement leaders, including Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department; Commissioner Danielle Outlaw of the Philadelphia Police Department; Dr. Ervin Staub, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the founder of the Psychology of Peace and Justice Program; and an impressive collection of other police leaders, rank and file officers, and social justice leaders.

  • See the complete list of the ABLE Project Board of Advisors.
  • For more information about the ABLE Project, visit the program’s website.
  • See a list of the ABLE Standards to which every participating agency must adhere.
  • These articles share more information about active bystandership generally, and the ABLE Project in particular.

Certified Duncanville Police Department instructors will attend an ABLE Project Train-The-Trainer event in late July.  At the conclusion of their training, they will be certified as ABLE trainers.  In the following months, all officers of the Duncanville Police Department will receive 8 hours of evidence-based active bystandership education designed not only to prevent harm, but to change the culture of policing.

For more information regarding the Duncanville Police Department’s involvement in this transformative training endeavor, contact Alex Hamby, City of Duncanville Public Information Officer or Officer Doug Sisk, the Duncanville Police Department’s Public Information Officer.

For more information on the ABLE Project, contact Liza, ABLE Program Coordinator, at LBA17@georgetown.edu or Lisa, ABLE Project Director, at Lisa.Kurtz@georgetown.edu.