Rob Severance

Rob Severance Police Chief & City Marshal at Cleburne, Texas. Personal acct. Opinions are my own. Not endorsing.

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Chief Robert Severance III (Rob) has served as Chief of Police for Cleburne, Texas since December 2012. He also served as Cleburne's Interim City Manager and Deputy City Manager during a leadership transition. Before coming to Cleburne, Rob had 22 years of “up through the ranks” experience with the Grand Prairie, Texas Police Department where he served as a commanding officer in every bureau within the agency. Chief Severance received a Master of Arts in Professional Development (Management and Human Resources) from Amberton University in Garland, Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts and Science from Dallas Baptist University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Texas State University's Certified Public Manager (CPM) program, and holds Texas Master Peace Officer and Instructor certifications. Chief Severance serves as a member of several civic and professional organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Victim Services Committee, the Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan Stakeholders Group, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee. He also serves as an assessor team leader for the Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program, and an instructor for the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) and Caruth Police Institute. Chief Severance was awarded the 2014 Innovation Award by the Texas Police Chiefs Association for achievements in enhancing technology, reorganizing the department for greater efficiency, and implementing new programs. Rob's family history stretches deep into Cleburne and Johnson County's pasts with relatives who settled here in 1872. On Twitter: @ChiefSeverance

07/12/2020
Sergeant Thompson

Congrats to Cleburne Police Department Sergeant Thompson on his promotion!

Congratulations to the men and women of the Cleburne Police Department. I’m proud of you!
07/08/2020

Congratulations to the men and women of the Cleburne Police Department. I’m proud of you!

Cleburne Police Department! Great job! Chief Robert Severance and his team at CPD have been meeting best practice standards since 2016. Congratulations CPD!

07/01/2020
Car 54

Be on the lookout for Cleburne Police Department’s Car 54 during the 4th of July weekend and please don’t drink and drive!
#DriveSober #July4th 🇺🇸

06/25/2020
The City of Cleburne

The City of Cleburne

We recently finished apply a new coat of paint to Engine 3417 at Hulen Park. See why this locomotive is appropriately named the Spirit of Cleburne.

Congrats Officer Ozuna!
06/20/2020
Rotarians celebrate heros, scholars

Congrats Officer Ozuna!

The Cleburne Rotary Club toasted five notable go getters from the classroom to the front lines during their Thursday luncheon.

06/16/2020
The White House

The White House

Next—President Trump delivers remarks and signs an executive order on policing.

06/11/2020
Dan Bongino on Twitter

“Ask a spouse of a police officer why the sound of velcro at night is the greatest sound in the world –– then you will have a tiny idea of what it's like to wear the uniform...”

“Ask a spouse of a police officer why the sound of velcro at night is the greatest sound in the world –– then you will have a tiny idea of what it's like to wear the uniform. The battle over law & order is not one our society can afford to lose. My opening statement to Congress: https://t....

06/05/2020
Human Factors in Wrongful Convictions: Implicit Bias

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Innocence Project released a series of videos to educate law enforcement about psychological factors, such as memory malleability and implicit bias, that can affect criminal investigations and lead to wrongful convictions. Here is the link for the video about implicit bias. Professor L. Song Richardson explains how personal experiences shape our views and can result in unintentional bias.
https://youtu.be/PeUXY8T_Fyg

Professor L. Song Richardson explains how personal experiences shape our views and can result in unintentional bias.

06/04/2020
Cleburne Police Department

Cleburne Police Department

Police Chief Rob Severance has a special message regarding the death of George Floyd and what the Cleburne Police Department does and is doing to ensure the highest level of police services for the community.

Stronger Together: Cleburne protestors determined, peaceful
06/03/2020
Stronger Together: Cleburne protestors determined, peaceful

Stronger Together: Cleburne protestors determined, peaceful

Tuesday morning saw the second Cleburne protest in as many days, both of which remained peaceful and absent the violence and destruction that derailed many similar protests in other American

Scott Cain, Cleburne Mayor
06/03/2020

Scott Cain, Cleburne Mayor

“Peace to the left and justice to the right.” And I would add unity in the middle. Those were the words of George Floyd’s brother yesterday. This morning, I stood with Chief Severance and some local peaceful protesters. Our country is divided and hurting. The killing of George Floyd was evil. The killing of police officers was evil.

I know many in our community are on edge right now. We are still trying to get back to normal from the covid crisis then this. Whether or not racism was the motivator for the officer who killed Floyd, only he knows. But, it is clear that racism is a major problem in our country. I may never know what my friends of color deal with, but I can show my love for them by listening. And at the same time I can say that I stand with our officers who risk their lives for our safety.

There are difficult days ahead, but let’s treat one another with compassion and kindness, even when we disagree. We were all created in God’s image and He doesn’t make junk! We all need a little peace to the left, justice to the right and unity in the middle.

‪Ladies, thank you for letting us join in your peaceful demonstration. We are deeply saddened by the senseless death of ...
06/01/2020

‪Ladies, thank you for letting us join in your peaceful demonstration. We are deeply saddened by the senseless death of George Floyd.‬

Praying for everyone affected by Mr. Floyd’s tragic death. Officers, did you see this PoliceOne.com article?https://www....
05/28/2020
Rapid response: Officer's mindset, tactics should have changed when George Floyd went from 'man resisting' to 'man down'

Praying for everyone affected by Mr. Floyd’s tragic death. Officers, did you see this PoliceOne.com article?

https://www.policeone.com/police-training/articles/rapid-response-officers-mindset-tactics-should-have-changed-when-george-floyd-went-from-man-resisting-to-man-down-Sve6Ac1Euqxd4HTM/

A bystander video showing a police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s head and neck offers some key lessons about police tactics and use of force

05/25/2020
The City of Cleburne

The City of Cleburne

The American Legion has hosted an annual Memorial Day ceremony at Cleburne Memorial for years now but because of COVID-19, the organization is partnering with the City of Cleburne to create a Memorial Day 2020 video.

Please watch and remember to take time today to think of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Featuring American Legion Post 50, Scott Cain, Cleburne Mayor, Benay Dennis Sifford

Honoring local heroes
05/25/2020
Honoring local heroes

Honoring local heroes

Last week brought National Police Week and, on May 15, National Peace Officers Memorial Day. For members of the Cleburne Police Department the week proved one of gratitude and somber

Cleburne Police Department
05/15/2020

Cleburne Police Department

Thank you Sign Gypsies-Cleburne for this awesome tribute to the officers of our department. We appreciate you!
#InThisTogether #COVID19 #CityofCleburneTX

Dallas Marshal's Office
05/13/2020

Dallas Marshal's Office

Cleburne Police Department
05/12/2020

Cleburne Police Department

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

During National Police Week, we want to thank all of our officers for the tireless work they do day in and day out. Our officers have really stepped up; working together (but apart) to keep our community safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also honor the memory of our brothers and sisters across this country who have fallen this year.

Drop a comment for our officers, Cleburne, and let them know you support them!

05/12/2020

‪Thanks to our cemetery staff for maintaining City Marshal (Police Chief) Marion Abe Bledsoe’s grave. He is buried at Cleburne Memorial Cemetery (Block 5 Lot 24 Space 4) if you want to stop by on Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15) to pay respects.‬

http://names.lawmemorial.org/officers/b/bledsoe42285.html‬

During #PoliceWeek2020 we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities. LawMemorial.org #Never...
05/11/2020

During #PoliceWeek2020 we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities. LawMemorial.org #NeverForget

05/08/2020
The City of Cleburne

The City of Cleburne

Fire Chief Scott Lail shows how easy it is to get a free COVID-19 test from the City of Cleburne and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
05/08/2020

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Your Mobile App is Now Ready!
We can’t meet in person in Washington, DC, but the new National Police Week 2020 (NPW2020) mobile app will help you feel connected.
From your phone go to http://EventMobi.com/npw2020 to create a web-based app shortcut to your home screen, or for a native-app experience go to http://EventMobi.com/app/npw2020 from your phone.

Cleburne Police Department
05/05/2020

Cleburne Police Department

National Nurse Week starts tomorrow, May 6th and goes until May 12th. Hopefully, everyone takes a minute out of their day to thank a nurse. We always see the heroes you really are! Thank you for everything you do! #NationalNurseWeek #ThankANurse #TrueHeroes

Cleburne Police Department
05/03/2020

Cleburne Police Department

Tonight Chief Severance promoted one of our officers. Congratulations Lieutenant Davenport on your promotion from Sergeant! Lieutenant Davenport will oversee a patrol shift.

04/28/2020
The City of Cleburne

The City of Cleburne

Scott Cain, Cleburne Mayor provides a brief update on the city's efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the community and open local businesses.

Thanks for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Cleburne. Please observe the signs and be courteous to employees. W...
04/27/2020

Thanks for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Cleburne. Please observe the signs and be courteous to employees. We’re all in this together!‬

04/27/2020
Scott Cain, Cleburne Mayor

Scott Cain, Cleburne Mayor

Covid-19 Update. I will address the city tomorrow night regarding our plans for safely opening back up. Before that, it will be a busy day.

Morning conferences with business leaders to continue working together on recommendations for businesses as we open back up. Later in the week I will conference with all our local businesses grouped by types of business to collaborate on each issue our business community will face and how we can all do our part to keep the community safe.

Likely will have more meetings with our healthcare team as we finalize Cleburne’s Plan to avoid community spread and we plan on sharing these plans in the evening city address.

Shortly after lunch, there will be a phone conference with the governor and then his press conference to unveil his plan to open Texas back up. Then there will be the usual problems with the internet as we scramble to get the actual order so we can adjust our local order.

The afternoon will be spent finalizing our local order update to reopen Cleburne based upon what the governor allows us to do. More meetings with our city health team to review and finalize are likely.

I will announce the time for the city address at some point tomorrow once we see what the governor does. I would anticipate that it will be around 6pm (that’s what I’m shooting for), but it could be a little later if the governor’s order creates complicated procedures at the local level. After the city address, we will answer as many questions posted as possible.

From day one, I have directed our teams to consider the following regarding every order and process: 1. Health and safety (protect the most vulnerable and keep healthcare services from getting overwhelmed), 2. Communicate clearly and factually to avoid fear and panic, and 3. Consider the impact upon our economy.

We will get back open safely and will begin the road to recovery. Some have lost loved ones, others have gotten sick, some have lost their jobs, some businesses were lost, all of us have gotten tired of isolation and limits-in short, this has been difficult on all of us. I love and care for each one of you (even those who say we did too little and those who say we did too much). We have been through this together and when we open back up our community will be stronger.

Please be patient a little longer and watch for the announcement for the time of the city address. And be kind to one another-this has been a stressful time for us all and everyone handles stress differently. Even when we disagree, we still remain the greatest community in Texas-we are Cleburne!!!

Cleburne Times-Review
04/26/2020
Cleburne Times-Review

Cleburne Times-Review

With libraries closed throughout the country in effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, this year’s National Library Week was a week like no other, inspiring librarians and staff to develop out of the ordinary ways to serve their communities.

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Chief Rob Severance serves as both Chief of Police and City Marshal for the City of Cleburne, Texas and Director of Animal Services and Code Compliance.

He also served as Cleburne’s Interim City Manager and Deputy City Manager during a leadership transition.

Before assuming command of the Cleburne Police Department in December 2012, Chief Severance had 22 years of “up through the ranks” experience with the Grand Prairie Police Department, where he served as a commanding officer in every bureau within the agency.

Chief Severance received a Master of Arts in Professional Development from Amberton University, a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia, a Bachelor of Arts and Science from Dallas Baptist University, and an Associate of Arts and Science from Mountain View College.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Texas State University’s Certified Public Manager Program, and holds Texas Master Peace Officer and Instructor certifications.

Chief Severance serves as a member of several local, state and national committees and advisory boards, and as an inspection team leader for the Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program. Other leadership roles include chairman of the Hill College Police Academy Advisory Board, vice chairman of the Johnson County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and vice chairman of the North Central Texas Council of Governments Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee.

He received the 2014 Innovation Award from the Texas Police Chiefs Association for achievements in enhancing technology, reorganizing the department for greater efficiency, and implementing new programs.

The Chief’s family history stretches deep into Cleburne and Johnson County’s pasts with relatives who settled here in 1872.

On Twitter: @ChiefSeverance

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