AUSTIN, 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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