BY KENNETH DEAN
After looking at several candidates to fill the assistant police chief position vacated by Diannia Jackson earlier this month, Tyler police have named Lt. Jimmy Toler to be promoted Thursday.
Don Martin, the department's public information officer, stated in a press release that Toler will be named assistant chief over the Patrol Division during a ceremony at the department Thursday at 3 p.m.
Martin said Toler was hired by the Tyler Police Department in December 1993 and during his years of service to the Department he has been assigned to the Patrol Division, served as a Youth Crimes Investigator, Major Crimes Unit investigating crimes against children and been a District Three Investigator.
Toler was promoted to Sergeant in September 200 and as a supervisor, Toler performed assignments in the Patrol Division, Vice / Narcotics and the Integrity Unit.
While working in the Integrity Unit he initiated the Department's Mentoring Program that expanded into the Leadership Training Series.
Martin said then Sgt. Toler was promoted to lieutenant in April 2009 where he was assigned to the patrol division and was selected to attend the City of Tyler Lean Six Sigma training program. He was chosen to be the full time Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in October 2011. He currently performs the responsibilities of the Lean Six Sigma program, which practices ways to reduce waste and participates as a member of the City of Tyler Performance Excellence Program.
Lieutenant Toler received his Associates Degree from Kilgore College in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1993.He is a certified Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education Instructor and Certified Firearms istructor, a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. In 2007, he participated in the Tyler Apprentice Program where he was selected as Most Valuable Player by team members and program directors.
Martin said Tloer graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy (Session 251) in December 2012.
Toler has served as a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, has received his Master Peace Officer Certification, was recognized as a Plainclothes Officer of the year in 1998, and was recognized as the Sworn Supervisor of the Year in 2010. He has also received a 15-year safe driving bar, a 3-year perfect attendance bar and an expert bar for firearms proficiency.