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Irving Police Chief Jeff Spivey, a visionary leader who worked to strengthen police relations with Irving’s diverse communities and enhanced community outreach, has been named the new  Executive Director for the Caruth Police Institute (CPI) at the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas). 

­“Jeff Spivey is the perfect leader for the next chapter of The Caruth Police Institute at UNT Dallas,” said UNT Dallas President Bob Mong. “He is not only widely respected in the most innovative circles of law enforcement, but Chief Spivey is also a trusted community leader.”

Spivey, who was appointed Irving Police chief in 2017, joined the department in 1988 as a police officer and served in numerous roles, including patrol and criminal investigation. He holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of the 252nd Session of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College at Sam Houston State University.

“Jeff Spivey is an accomplished police chief with a national reputation of excellence.  His talented leadership is instrumental to CPI’s mission of improving police-community relations and first responder mental health across the State of Texas and beyond,” said Andy Keller, President, and CEO of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.  “He understands the role of data and law enforcement policy implementation, which are necessary skills to addressing these challenges at scale. We are incredibly fortunate to have him join The Caruth Police Institute as the next Executive Director.”

Spivey replaces B.J. Wagner, who will resume her work as Senior Vice President of Health and Public Safety with Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and will establish the Texas ABLE Center of Excellence at CPI. During her time at CPI, Wagner facilitated unprecedented growth in the scope of CPI’s work and reputation including advocating for the establishment of the Texas Law Enforcement Peer Network; and brought cutting-edge bystandership in law enforcement training to CPI which was made possible through a $2 million gift from Texas Instruments Foundation.

 “I could not be prouder of the work we have done,” said Wagner. “And I am so excited to watch my friend, colleague, and mentor, Chief Jeff Spivey, take CPI to the next level. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as the Executive Director of CPI and I thank UNT Dallas and Georgetown Law Project ABLE for trusting me as the inaugural Executive Director of the Texas ABLE Center of Excellence for CPI.”   

CPI at UNT Dallas was founded in 2008 through a unique partnership between law enforcement, higher education, and philanthropy. Since that time, CPI has evolved to provide professional police development and training services, policy analysis, program evaluation, technical support, and academic research to Texas police departments. CPI now stands as one of the premier police training, consultation, and technical assistance police institutes in Texas and is nationally recognized for its work. Plans for CPI’s future include more growth – establishing the Texas Law Enforcement Peer Network, providing innovative officer leadership training, and working with the City of Dallas on a revitalized Dallas Police Academy on the UNT Dallas campus.

Much of Spivey’s work at Irving Police has been focused on issues also being explored at CPI, including addressing the impact that on-the-job stress can have on officers’ physical and mental well-being. Spivey has been an advocate for providing resources for officers to support and focus on mental health needs and worked with CPI to create internal peer support groups at Irving Police Department. He is also the current chair of the CPI Executive Advisory Board.

His new role at CPI will provide for the expansion of work Spivey began with Irving Police. “Although I am retiring from the Irving Police Department, I have found a platform from which I can continue to serve,” said Spivey. “The space the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and the Caruth Police Institute occupy in mental health and leadership development afford me an opportunity to work in two of the areas I am the most passionate about and have focused on during my time in police leadership.” 

Spivey is expected to begin his new role on February 2, 2022.