Chief Chavela Hampton

Chief Chavela Hampton
Chavela Hampton, Chief of Police

Chavela Hampton has the privilege of being the Police Chief for the Duncanville ISD Police Department. She has 30 years of experience in law enforcement with 23 years served as one of eight Deputy Chiefs with the Arlington, Texas Police Department.  She has served in a full range of patrol and investigative assignments that included vice and narcotics and youth services – school resource officer positions. She has earned the following degrees; Associate of Science in Business Administration (Southwestern Christian College) Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management (Huston-Tillotson College) and her Master of Science in Human Relations and Business (Amberton University). She’s a proud member of various prestige organizations such as International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officials (NOBEL), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Professional Executive Leadership Institute (PELI), National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO/TASRO) and the Texas School District Police Chief’s Association (TSDPCA).  She has participated and is a graduate of many executive law enforcement leadership courses/training such as Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute Leadership and Command College, and the LEMIT International Police Program – Polish National Police in Poland Exchange Program and many more.    

Here at Duncanville ISD PD, she recognized early on that she works with a group of officers who are very uniquely suited to law enforcement in the educational setting. They have a clear vision of what quality education for our community is all about. The administration, faculty, and staff have been equally impressive in their expertise and passion for education. All are highly experienced, well-educated in their craft, and deeply connected with their students. They truly have a great time doing what they do for and with our community. She counts working with this group of true professionals as one of the greatest opportunities of her career.

Her Career: Chief Hampton’s first law enforcement job was a Detention Officer Classification Specialist with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.  In January 1995 – August 2018, she served with the Arlington, Texas Police Department in many different capacities, and more than seventy-five percent of her time was served in a supervisory – leadership role.  She earned many certifications during her tenure with the Arlington, Texas Police Department, i.e. TCOLE Certified Classroom Instructor License, Certified Mental Health Peace Officer, Master Peace Officer Certification, and various others.         

In August of 2018, Chief Hampton retired from the Arlington, Texas Police Department, and was appointed Chief of Police for the Duncanville Independent School District Police Department by the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees.  She shares significant life-milestones with Duncanville ISD, to name a few - the 1st Police Chief, the 1st African American Police Chief, and the 1st African American Female Police Chief to build Duncanville’s ISD first police department.  As with every other oath of office she has taken, her faith and honor to her law enforcement profession have never diminished.  Since that day she has met many new friends and worked with some of the finest officers she has ever had the opportunity to be associated with. In all of these years, one truth has continually shown through; “when you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Chief’s Message

It’s an honor to welcome you on behalf of the men and women of the Duncanville Independent School District Police Department sworn and non-sworn official website and we’re glad you’re visiting us.  This current school year was great, and we are planning for an even better one this upcoming school year.  We stand united with all Duncanville ISD students, staff, and faculty as well as members of our Duncanville Community as we look toward a bright future.  Our goal is to first serve our Duncanville Independent School District community and together we will make the City of Duncanville an exciting place to live, work, and play.  “Protecting the Prowl of our Successors” is more than just a slogan, it’s a philosophy we take to heart and practice it in everything we do. 

Chavela M. Hampton
Chief of Police
Duncanville Independent School District Police Department