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.

City of Duncanville Announces Police Chief Finalists

Duncanville, TX (October 4, 2021) – The City of Duncanville has narrowed the search for its next Police Chief for the Duncanville Police Department to three exceptionally qualified candidates.

The previous Police Chief, Robert D. Brown, Jr., was promoted earlier this year to Assistant City Manager for the City of Duncanville. By utilizing both websites and publications to promote the open position, the City garnered 26 applications and an impressive pool of candidates that have since been narrowed down to three finalists.

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, the City will hold a Community Meet & Greet from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center, 206 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116. This event will allow Duncanville residents and stakeholders the opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the finalists.

The finalists:

2021 - LiVigni, Mark

Mark LiVigni has more than 28 years of policing experience and most recently has served as the City of Duncanville’s Interim Police Chief since March 2021. His previous service experience includes:

  • Assistant Police Chief – City of Duncanville, Texas (2017-2021)
  • Police Lieutenant – City of Duncanville, Texas (2002-2017)
  • Police Sergeant – City of Duncanville, Texas (1998-2002)
  • Police Officer – City of Duncanville, Texas (1993-1998)
  • Detention Service Officer – Dallas County, Texas (1992-1993)

Mr. LiVigni attended the FBI National Academy graduating from the 233rd Session of the Executive Law Enforcement Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas and other professional certifications.

2021 - Steidle, Daniel 2

Daniel L. Steidle has 32 years of law enforcement experience and currently serves as the Pacifica, California Police Department’s Chief of Police since 2015. His previous public service experience includes:

  • Captain – Pacifica Police Department, California (2013-2015)
  • Detective Sergeant – Pacifica Police Department, California (2009-2012)
  • Administrative Sergeant – Pacifica Police Department, California (2008-2009)
  • Patrol Sergeant – Pacifica Police Department, California (2005-2008)
  • Corporal/Field Training Officer – Pacifica Police Department, California (1997-2005)

Mr. Steidle holds a Master of Science – Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University, a Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice from Mountain State University, an Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts from Diablo Valley College, and additional certifications.

2021 - Turner, Derrick

Derrick D. Turner has 15 years of police experience and is currently serving as Lieutenant, Special Operations Division, for the Port of Portland Police Department in Portland, Oregon, since July 2019. His previous public service experience includes:

  • Lieutenant/Patrol Operations – Port of Portland Police Department, Oregon (2018-2019)
  • Sergeant – Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2013-2018)
  • Investigator – Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2010-2013)
  • Public Safety Officer – Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2007-2010)
  • Police Officer – Ferris State University Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2004-2006, 2007-2007)

Mr. Turner holds a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and other professional certifications.

The three finalists will go through a series of interviews conducted by different City department panels, a police chief panel, and be in attendance for the Meet & Greet with Duncanville residents and stakeholders on October 14. The new Duncanville Police Chief will be announced in October 2021.

DUNCANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT WARNS RESIDENTS OF INCREASE IN SOPHISTICATED SCAMS

Scam AlertDUNCANVILLE, TX – Duncanville Police Department is currently investigating several financial fraud offenses committed against the elderly and other vulnerable citizens within the city.  Officers have been made aware of new methods being used by fraud suspects, which can include gifts being delivered to the homes of victims to make the scam appear more credible.  The scammer may use these unsolicited gifts to convince potential victims there is a larger prize to be had, but usually with a catch. These offenses have been conducted over the phone, by text, mail, and via the internet.

Most scams start with unsolicited contact from people posing as employees from government agencies, utility companies, the lottery commission, or even as friends or family members.

Never trust caller ID.  Identify the caller and the company or agency they represent.  Ask questions, but don’t answer theirs. Verify what you are provided by researching that information yourself or by having someone you trust do so.  If you are being pressured to provide personal information immediately, it should raise your suspicion.  Don’t be surprised if, during phone scams, the caller becomes belligerent or hangs up when told you want to verify their information.  This is a good indication of an attempted scam.

Don’t give your personal or financial information in response to an unexpected request. Legitimate organizations won’t call, email or text to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.

Remember, if they are asking for money for you to get money it is most likely a scam. Legitimate organizations will also never ask to be paid by gift card.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, please contact the Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 extension 3 to file a report.  For additional information or resources call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 1-833-372-8311.

DUNCANVILLE POLICE IMPLEMENT CRIME AWARENESS FOR CITIZENS

Duncanville residents will now be able to utilize a crime mapping tool to be more informed about reported crime within the City of Duncanville. This tool, CrimeMapping.com, interfaces with the Duncanville Police Department’s Records Management System (RMS) to map, list and chart general crime as reported. The Duncanville Police Department is excited to announce this tool to its citizens as a means to enhance their ability to access general crime data efficiently. Although this tool is anticipated to allow for more information-sharing about generalized crime to our citizens, it does not provide sensitive information about each reported crime due to victims’ privacy issues as well as issues pertaining to investigation integrity.

CrimeMapping.com can be accessed from any computer or mobile device either directly at www.CrimeMapping.com, or via a link on the City of Duncanville’s website. The desired data of each individual, based on his/her parameters, includes sharp map visuals and icons which clearly depict reported crimes in areas of interest (work, home, schools or daycare facilities).

The www.CrimeMapping.com website also allows users the ability to set individualized crime alerts around specific addresses by setting up automatic notifications pertinent to the area and/or reported crime(s) selected. A short instructional video, which can be found towards the bottom of the homepage at www.CrimeMapping.com, provides a detailed overview of the site’s features.

Veterans in the Duncanville Police Department: Sgt Adrian Tijerina

Sergeant Adrian Tijerina has been employed with the Duncanville Police Department since September 11, 2006 and has been a Texas Peace Officer since December 15, 1999.  The acts of terrorism on September 11, 2001 shook the foundation of America and prompted Tijerina to join the military and serve his country.  After several years, he joined the Texas Army National Guard and was sent to U.S. Army Infantry OSUT training in Fort Benning, Georgia in October 2010.

At that time Tijerina had been with the Duncanville Police Department for four years. Tijerina researched Texas Civil Service Law to learn what to expect and to make sure he had a job once he returned.  The Texas Local Government Code, Military Leave of Absence section states that an employee shall be granted leave, without pay, for initial training, annual duty, and active duty service.  Once the service is over the employee shall be reinstated to the same position that was held when the leave was granted, with some stipulations, such as, being honorably discharged and having good mental and physical health. 

In 2012, Tijerina was activated on his first Active Duty Service and deployed to Afghanistan.  He was gone from the Police Department for approximately 12 months, and that’s when he learned the City of Duncanville goes above and beyond what is required for its employees who are members of the U.S. Military.  Once his term of service was completed, Tijerina was honorably discharged and seamlessly returned to work as a Patrol Officer. Upon his return, Tijerina’s salary at the City was more than he earned before he deployed.  The City computed the difference in the salaries and continued to pay the difference, so he did not lose money while deployed to Afghanistan. 

In 2015, Tijerina was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and in 2017 was once again activated. This time he was deployed to Somalia for Active Duty Service.  In accordance with Civil Service law, there was a Sergeants Promotional Exam held to fill his role while he was deployed. His term of service ended after approximately 12 months and Tijerina returned to Patrol Sergeant duties. The officer who had been temporarily promoted to fill his position during deployment was returned to his previously held Patrol Officer position with one difference.  That Officer was placed on a promotional list that would not expire and would be promoted to Sergeant with the next vacancy.

Sergeant Tijerina is one of three Police Department employees who are active in the Texas Army National Guard.  Employing Veterans makes the department stronger and more diverse.  The training and leadership fostered with military service is a strong asset for the Police Department.  Our veteran officers cover three diverse military occupations, Infantry, Medic, and Intelligence, which can be used to enhance each employee’s Police function, and ultimately benefits the citizens of Duncanville.