Chief J.J. Craig leaving VPD in June

VICTORIA, Texas — The Victoria Police Department will need to look for a new police chief soon.

After a nearly nine-year run with the VPD, Chief J.J. Craig announced he will be stepping down in June to accept a new position in Richmond, Texas. Craig said his family, who lives in the greater Houston area, was a motivating factor in his decision.

“I’ve been looking for an opportunity for just a little bit better work-life balance, be a little closer to family,” said Craig on Tuesday. “So I’m looking forward to that opportunity.”

Craig has led the Victoria Police Department since 2011, overseeing a steady reduction in local crime rates that continued in seven of his first eight years with the force.

“I’m really proud of that, in the sense that our footprint — our community policing footprint — has been a successful policing model, and it’s derived success,” said Craig.

Craig also pointed to the department’s implementation of new technologies, such as automatic vehicle locators for patrol cars and increased crime analysis, when asked about strides the department has made during his tenure.

“We made a concerted effort as a team to acquire technology to work smarter, not harder,” added Craig.

Chief Craig’s last day as VPD Chief is tentatively scheduled for June 12th. A replacement has yet to be announced.