Chief of Police
Message from Interim Police Chief Bruce Jolley
The members of the Irving Police Department take great pride in serving a community that supports them in so many ways. It is for these reasons I am honored and humbled to serve as the Interim Police Chief while the search continues for Chief Larry Boyd’s successor.During this transition rest assured, the men and women of the Irving Police Department will continue to provide the professional services our citizens have come to expect from our police force. These continued efforts will further solidify Irving as the model for safe and beautiful neighborhoods, a vibrant economy and choice destination for exceptional recreational, cultural and educational opportunities.
Candidates for the position are currently under review and a final selection is expected by spring 2017.
Interim Police Chief
Irving Police Department
A farewell letter from Retired Chief of Police Larry Boyd:
This letter was written to the men and women of the Irving Police Department by Chief Boyd shortly before his retirement at the end of December 2016.
"I know most of you aren’t old enough to remember much about Bob Hope, but when I was a child he was a big deal. I always loved watching the Bob Hope Christmas specials that he performed for our military personnel overseas. Back when I was a youngster they would air these specials on 'prime time' television. I especially loved the endings when Bob would sing his signature 'Thanks for the Memories' closing. It always seemed like such a heartfelt expression of gratitude. As I close my career as the Police Chief for the greatest Police Department anywhere, I can think of no better way to share my heart with you than to say, 'Thanks for the Memories!'
"When I took command a little over 12 years ago, you didn’t know what you were in for, and I’ll confess, neither did I. Over the years, we have been through a great deal together — many highs, and certainly a few lows. I’m glad I was there to help you celebrate the highs, and I’m glad you were there to help me get through the lows. I didn’t always know what to do, but you are a great team who helped me figure things out. Together I think you made me a better Chief — I’m certainly better than I would have been if I had been going at it alone.
"Over the last few years we have seen the role of a police officer across the country become increasingly challenging. We are all trying to negotiate these times as best we can, but I think you are doing a fabulous job. You continue to do a great job day in and day out, and you recognize the value of staying connected with our community. The service we provide only works when we have a trust relationship with our community, and they can’t trust us if they don’t know us. We build our reputation one interaction at a time, so keep building the outstanding reputation that our community has come to know and appreciate.
"As I look to the future for the Irving Police Department, I see very bright days. We are not a great police department because we have a great Police Chief. We are a great Police Department because we have great people who picked their chief up and carried him with them! Thanks for the Memories."