Monday, September 26, 2016

BIG SPRING POLICE DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT

BSPD BadgeIt 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.

 

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Become a Police Officer

Become a Police Officer

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.

Police Officer Minimum Requirements For Application

  MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicant must be twenty-one (21) years of age on the day you take the test to become a Texas Certified Police Officer.
  • High School diploma or GED with college hours as required by the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).
  • Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Texas for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education to be certified as a Peace Officer.
  • No illegal drug use.
  • No arrest record with higher than a Class C Misdemeanor.
  • Meet or exceed physical agility requirements of department.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with handgun during scheduled testing with the Police Department.

 DISQUALIFICATIONS

Any of the following will disqualify an applicant from further consideration at any stage of the Police Officer application process:

  1. Having a conviction for, being under indictment for, or currently charged with any felony offense.
  2. Having a conviction for or currently charged with any misdemeanor offense that would be considered as one involving moral turpitude.
  3. Having a conviction for Driving under the Influence (DUI or DWI).
  4. Currently being on probation for any offense.
  5. Inability to comply with Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) requirements. 
  6. For all of the above, a person is convicted of an offense when a court of competent jurisdiction enters an adjudication of guilt on the offense against the person whether or not:
    • The sentence is subsequently probated and the person is discharged from probation including deferred adjudication;
    • The accusation, complaint, information or indictment against the person is dismissed and the person is dismissed and released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense; or
    • The person is pardoned for the offense, unless the pardon is expressly granted for subsequent proof of innocence.
  7. Having habitually used excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages in the past.
  8. Having illegally used marijuana within three (3) years preceding the written examination. 
  9. Any previous use of a powder or liquid controlled substance is prohibited.  Having illegally used any controlled substance or dangerous drug to the extent beyond “experimental”.  Having illegally furnished any controlled substance or dangerous drug to another person. 
  10. Having an excessive record of traffic convictions or negligent traffic collisions as defined in the City of Big Spring Personnel Policies and Procedures.Not being of good moral character; or being known to habitually associate with those of questionable moral character.
  11. Having a series of delinquent payments or not meeting financial obligations or repeated occurrences of issuing checks without sufficient funds, when there are no extenuating circumstances present to explain the situation.
  12. Having been discharged from military service with a dishonorable discharge or having been convicted of any offense tries before a general court martial (discharge must meet TCLEOSE standards).
  13. Being a member of any organization, that advocates the overthrow of the government by force or violence.
  14. Having been discharged from any commissioned or recruit position within a law enforcement agency for disciplinary reasons, resigning to avoid suspension or discharge or having resigned during a disciplinary investigation without a final judgment having been rendered.
  15. Failing to cooperate fully with and keep all scheduled appointments with staff personnel involved in the selection process. 
  16. Failing to provide added personal information as needed or failing to submit information within 15 days of the change. 
  17. Refusal to submit, if requested, to a polygraph exam to resolve any conflict(s) that may arise during the background investigation.
  18. Making any false statement of fact, being deceptive by statement or omission in the written application or by any means in any part of the selection process.  Where evidence exists to indicate that in any official matter or in any significant business transaction the applicant has made false statements, falsely sworn to statements or in any other manner falsified testimony.
  19. Without being specifically enumerated in the above disqualifications, if circumstances exist that indicate the applicant is clearly unsuited for a career with the Big Spring Police Department, the application will be rejected.

The Chief of Police or his designee will make all interpretations regarding these requirements.

The Big Spring Blotter

Drake Followup

On the 14th of August 2016 at approximately 8:55 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to 423 Westover in reference to a gunshot victim. Big Spring Fire Department and EMS also responded and found the victim was deceased. The victim was identified as Sonya Michelle Drake White/Female 56 Years of age. The Criminal Investigations Division investigated this incident as a Homicide under suspicious circumstances based on the scene and interviews of family and friends that were close to Mrs. Drake. After analyzing information, processing the scene and receiving a final autopsy report along with a toxicology report it has been determined that this was not a homicide. Although we understand why initial reports to dispatch indicated Mrs. Drake had been shot, this has been found to not be accurate. It is found that Mrs. Drake had died of an acute combined drug intoxication “overdose”, & Hypertensive cardiovascular disease, and after the fact suffered postmortem animal predation. To address some of the rumors regarding this investigation there was no “protective order” or “restraining order” regarding Mrs. Drake’s boyfriend. There had been a Criminal Trespass Warning which had been rescinded as Mrs. Drake and her boyfriend had worked out their differences and he was allowed back into the residence. The boyfriend was also cooperative with this investigation, volunteering information and consenting to a search of himself and his vehicle the night of the incident. This investigation has been difficult for the family of Mrs. Drake and out of respect for...