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Executive Director Kim VickersAUSTIN, Texas Chief Vickers began his law enforcement career with the Abilene Police Department in 1979 and continued to serve there until his retirement in 2006. During his 27 years with APD he served in a wide variety of capacities, including training officer with oversight of academy testing and academics and the applicant selection process, School Resource Officer, Detective, Public Information Officer, and Commander of the APD Critical Mission Response Team (CMRT.) It was while he was Commander of this team they gained national attention when it handled and quickly solved the first Amber Alert stranger kidnapping case in Texas. He is nationally recognized as an expert instructor and consultant in the area of Family Violence dynamics and law. He has drafted numerous pieces of Texas Family Code law, and has testified numerous times as an expert witness before the Texas Legislature.

Upon his retirement from the Abilene Police Department, he began working as a Field Service Agent for TCLEOSE. After three years he promoted to Director of Education and Credentialing, where for two years he had oversight of all police, jailer and telecommunicator training and licensing in Texas. On September 1st, 2011 he assumed the duties of Executive Director for TCLEOSE.

Chief Vickers has 27 years of teaching and education experience, having earned his TCLEOSE Instructor Certification in 1985. His teaching has included a variety of law enforcement related courses for universities, agencies, academies, and associations across Texas, and has extensive experience in various public speaking venues. He holds a Master Peace Officer Certification from TCLEOSE, and is a graduate of the FBI Command Institute.

He is a member of the Education and Training Committee for both the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriffs' Association, and is currently First Vice President of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training. He serves as a board member for the National Council on Family Violence, and is President of the Board of Directors of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Chief Vickers has been married to his wife, Chrys, for 39 years and has two children and three grandchildren. His son, Eric, is a detective with the Special Victims Unit of the Abilene Police Department, and his daughter, Jennifer, is a medical doctor in New York City.

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What gear are you in - neutral or drive? January 03, 2011 Timothy Braaten
The future ain’t what it used to be December 01, 2010 Timothy Braaten
INTROSPECTION - An examination of your own thoughts and feelings November 01, 2010 Timothy Braaten
You’re Only Here For A Visit October 01, 2010 Timothy Braaten
A Front Row Seat at the Greatest Show on Earth September 01, 2010 Timothy Braaten
LOL August 20, 2010 Timothly Braaten
When is it too late? July 15, 2010 Timothy Braaten
Make Only Those That You Can Keep; Keep All That You Make March 16, 2010 Timothy Braaten
Future Trend Analysis February 01, 2010 Timothy Braaten
Know Your Limits January 04, 2010 Timothy Braaten
Holiday Season 2010 December 04, 2009 Timothy Braaten
Unconditional Love October 14, 2009 Timothy Braaten
Character - Character - Character May 19, 2009 Timothy Braaten
Learning From Our Mistakes March 01, 2009 Timothy Braaten
Knowledge is Knowing What You Don't Know December 15, 2008 Timothy Braaten
Effort Not the Outcome November 15, 2008 Timothy Braaten
Does Money Drive Professionalism? November 01, 2008 Timothy Braaten
Caring August 28, 2008 Timothy Braaten
Discretion - That Elusive Term August 12, 2008 Timothy Braaten
Preparing for the Little Things June 20, 2008 Timothy Braaten
You Play Like You Practice April 03, 2008 Timothy Braaten
Fundamental Fairness April 03, 2008 Timothy Braaten
A Person of Class April 03, 2008 Timothy Braaten
Recruiter's Conversation March 08, 2008 Timothy Braaten
Keeping It Between the Lines February 20, 2008 Timothy Braaten
Shared Responsibility February 01, 2008 Timothy Braaten
Understanding June 01, 2007 Timothy Braaten
When Time Slips Away April 01, 2007 Timothy Braaten
What You Permit, You Promote March 01, 2007 Timothy Braaten
Out of the Mouth of a Child February 28, 2007 Timothy Braaten
Luck or Hard Work January 01, 2007 Timothy Braaten