It is the mission of the Big Spring Police Department to enhance the quality of life throughout our community by working cooperatively with the public to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, minimize fear and provide for a safe environment. We are committed to excellence in law enforcement and are dedicated to the people we serve, and to the traditions and diversity within our city. We will provide service with professionalism and understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision.
If you are seeking a rewarding career in Law Enforcement, we encourage you to consider the Big Spring Police Department as your home for a career. The City of Big Spring Police Department is committed to reaching out to the citizens it serves while providing the highest level of professionalism and services available. The department has adopted a community oriented policing philosophy. The department's aim is to provide that information and those services necessary to reduce crime, the fear of crime and to improve the quality of life in our community. The department is working with the community toward a common goal of having the safest streets and neighborhoods possible. The City of Big Spring is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, Religion, Age or Disability in employment or the provision of services.
In August 2015 the Big Spring Police Department was informed of allegations involving misconduct on the part of Officer Joel Rojo. Due to the nature of the allegations being criminal, the Big Spring Police Department contacted the Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers to investigate the criminal allegations while the Big Spring Police Department initiated an administrative investigation. Officer Rojo was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations.
On the April 12, 2016, a Grand Jury of the 118th District Court issued five criminal indictments against Officer Rojo and he was subsequently arrested on those indictments.
As of today, June 17, 2016, Officer Joel Rojo's employment with the Big Spring Police Department has been terminated as a result of an administrative investigation.
Due to the ongoing criminal investigation's close ties with the administrative investigation there is limited information that Administration is able to share with you all.
J. Rojo is still afforded his appeal process and his trial for the criminal allegations has been tentatively set for September 2016.
It is imparitive the we as Texas Peace Officers are committed to providing the citizens of Big Spring professional services while holding ourselves accountable and above reproach of any un-ethical, immoral, or illegal acts.
I would like to thank each of you that performs your duties in a professional manner. Know that the community as a whole does support our mission and officers/employees that stray outside of our code of ethics, laws and policies will be dealt with accordingly so that we continue to operate above reproach.