Houston Police Department
|Houston Police Department|
|Patch of the Houston Police Department.|
|Badge of the Houston Police Department.|
|Motto||Order through law, justice with mercy|
|Annual budget||$600 Million|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of Houston in the state of Texas, USA|
|Map of Houston Police Department's jurisdiction.|
|Size||601.7 square miles (1,560 km2)|
|Police Officers||5,318 (2012) |
|Agency executive||Charles McClelland, Chief of police|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Houston Police Department (HPD) is the primary law enforcement agency serving the City of Houston, Texas, United States and some surrounding areas. Its headquarters are at 1200 Travis in Downtown Houston.
HPD's jurisdiction often overlaps with several other law enforcement agencies, among them the Harris County Sheriff's Office and the Harris County Constable Precincts. HPD is the largest municipal police department in Texas.
According to the HPD's website, "The mission of the Houston Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the City of Houston by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide for a safe environment."
The current Chief of police is Charles McClelland.
- 1 History
- 2 Organization
- 3 Facilities
- 4 Patrol Vehicles
- 5 Air Support
- 6 Weapons
- 7 The Academy and field training
- 8 Ranks
- 9 Fallen officers
- 10 Demographics
- 11 Scandals and allegations
- 12 Education
- 13 HPD Major Awards
- 14 Radio Unit Identifiers
- 15 See also
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Houston was founded by brothers Augustus and John Kirby Allen in 1836 and incorporated as a city the next year, 1837. As the city quickly grew, so did the need for a cohesive law enforcement agency. It was in 1841 that the Houston Police Department was founded. The first HPD badge issued bore the number "1."
The early part of the 20th century was a time of enormous growth for both the City of Houston and for the Houston Police Department. Due to growing traffic concerns in downtown Houston, the HPD purchased its first automobile in 1910 and created its first traffic squad during that same year. Eleven years later, in 1921, the HPD installed the city's first traffic light. This traffic light was manually operated until 1927, when automatic traffic lights were installed.
As Houston became a larger metropolis throughout the 1930s and 1940s, the HPD found itself growing and acquiring more technology to keep up with the city's fast pace. The first homicide division was established in 1930. During that same year, the HPD purchased newer weapons to arm their officers: standard issue .44 caliber revolvers and two Thompson submachine guns. In 1939, the department proudly presented its first police academy class. The Houston Police Officers Association (HPOA) was created in 1945. This organization later became the Houston Police Officers Union.
Throughout the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, the HPD also experienced its own highs and lows. The first HPD bomb squad was created in 1966. The next year, 1967, saw massive riots at Texas Southern University. During the riots, one officer was killed and nearly 500 students were arrested. It was as a result of these riots that the still-active Community Relations Division was created within the HPD. In 1970, the Helicopter Patrol Division was created with three leased helicopters. That year also marked the department's first purchase of bulletproof vests for their officers. The HPD's first Special Weapons and Tactical Squad (SWAT) was formed in 1975.
In 1982, the Houston Police Department appointed its first African-American chief of police, Lee P. Brown. Brown served as chief from 1982 to 1990 and later became the City of Houston's first African-American mayor in 1998. While Brown was considered a successful chief, he also earned the unflattering moniker "Out of Town Brown" for his many lengthy trips away from Houston during his tenure.
Brown's appointment was controversial from the start. Traditional HPD officers frowned upon Brown because he was an outsider from Atlanta, Georgia where he was the police commissioner; to become the police chief in Houston, an officer has to advance through the rank and file although the "good old boy" culture was prevalent.
The HPD paved a new road again in 1990 when Mayor Kathy Whitmire appointed Elizabeth Watson as the first female chief of police. Elizabeth Watson served from 1990 to 1992 and was followed by Sam Nuchia, who served as police chief from 1992 to 1997. In 1997, Clarence O. Bradford was appointed as chief. In 2002, Bradford was indicted and later acquitted of perjury charges, stemming from an incident in which he allegedly lied under oath about cursing fellow officers. Since late 2007, Bradford was the Democratic nominee for Harris County District Attorney where he will be facing a Republican opponent (either Kelly Siegler or Patricia Lykos; the incumbent, Charles A. 'Chuck' Rosenthal, resigned prior to withdrawing his candidacy due to an e-mail scandal). Bradford faced Patricia Lykos and lost the election; he later campaigned in 2009 for a Houston City Council at-large council seat vacated by Ronald C. Green, who ran for controller.
Since 1992, the Houston City Marshal's division, Houston Airport Police, and Houston Park Police were absorbed into HPD. In early 2004, during Mayor Bill White's first term in office, HPD absorbed the Neighborhood Protection division from the City of Houston Planning Department, which was renamed the Neighborhood Protection Corps in 2005.
In November 2002, the CBS local TV station KHOU began broadcasting a multi-part investigation into the accuracy of the HPD Crime Lab's findings. Particularly of interest to the reporters were criminal cases that involved DNA analysis and serological (body fluid) testing. Night after night journalists David Raziq, Anna Werner and Chris Henao presented case after case in which the labs work was dangerously sloppy or just plain wrong and may have been sending the innocent to prison while letting the guilty go free. As a result of those broadcasts, at the end of the week the Houston Police Department declared they would have a team of independent scientists audit the lab and its procedures. However, the audit's findings were so troublesome that one month later,in mid- December, HPD closed the DNA section of the laboratory. Not only did the audit bolster KHOU's report but also found that samples were contaminated and the lab's files were very poorly maintained. The audit revealed that a section of the lab's roof was leaking into sample-containment areas, lab technicians were seriously undereducated or unqualified for their jobs, samples had been incorrectly tagged, and samples had been contaminated through improper handling. Worse, many people had been convicted and sent to prison based upon the evidence contained in the crime lab. The New York Times asked the question, "Worst Crime Lab in the Country?" in a March 2003 article.
Beginning in early 2003, the HPD Crime Lab began cooperating with outside DNA testing facilities to review criminal cases involving cases or convictions associated with Crime Lab evidence. However this again came as a result of some prompting investigatory work done by the TV station KHOU. Not long after their first broadcasts, reporters David Raziq, Anna Werner and Chris Henao got an e-mail from a local mother. She was desperate. She told them that her son, Josiah Sutton, had been tried for rape in 1999 and found guilty based upon HPD Crime Lab testing. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. So KHOU began to take an intensive look at the Sutton case. Raziq and Werner analyzed the HPD lab's DNA report with the help of DNA expert Bill Thompson of the University of California-Irvine. They found terrible and obvious mistakes in the report that the lab should have known about. When the reporters presented this new information to the local jurists who had helped convict Sutton, they were mortified. Not long after that broadcast, the HPD agreed to an immediate retest of the DNA evidence in the Sutton case. Those tests showed the DNA collected in the case did not belong to Sutton. He was released from prison in March 2003 and given a full pardon in 2004.
As a result of the scandal, nine Crime Lab technicians were disciplined with suspensions and one analyst was terminated. However, that analyst was fully reinstated to her previous position in January 2004, less than one month after her December 2003 termination. Many HPD supervisors and Houston residents called for more stringent disciplinary actions against the Crime Lab employees. However, the city panel responsible for disciplining the lab technicians repeatedly resisted these arguments and instead reduced the employees' punishments. Irma Rios was hired in 2003 as Lab Director, replacing Interim Lab Director Frank Fitzpatrick.
In May 2005, the Houston Police Department announced that with much effort and coordination on their part, they had received national accreditation through the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD). The ASCLD stated that the lab had met or exceeded standards for accreditation in all areas except DNA. Through independent research and testing, it was determined in January 2006 that of 1,100 samples reviewed, 40% of DNA samples and 23% of blood evidence samples had serious problems. On June 11, 2007, the HPD crime lab reported its DNA section had gained full accreditation from ASCLD.
The Safe Clear program was implemented by Mayor Bill White on January 1, 2005 as a joint venture between the City of Houston and the Houston Police Department. The intention of the program was to decrease the freeway accidents and traffic jams that occurred due to stalled drivers. Select tow truck companies across the city were authorized to tow a stalled vehicle as soon as possible after being notified by an HPD officer. Persons having their vehicle towed were provided with a Motorist's Bill of Rights and were required to pay a sum to the City of Houston after the towing had taken place.
The program was initially very unpopular among Houston residents. Frequent complaints were that the program unfairly punished lower-income motorists by enforcing a high towing fee and that the program could potentially damage vehicles that required special tow trucks and equipment to be safely towed away. Other complaints were that stranded motorists did not have an option to choose their own garage. The City of Houston and the HPD addressed these concerns with program improvements that provided funds to pay for short tows that removed stalled vehicles from the freeway and then allowed drivers to choose their own garage and tow companies once they were safely off the freeway.
Studies released in February 2006 indicate that Safe Clear has been successful during its fledgling year. There were 1,533 less freeway accidents in 2005, a decrease of 10.4% since Safe Clear's implementation.
Red light cameras
In December 2004, Chief Hurtt (when he was the former chief of Oxnard, CA) stated that when the city of Oxnard installed their red light cameras, it has claimed that red light running decreased dramatically although the City of Houston was in the process of favoring red light camera enforcement. The history of red light camera enforcement goes back to the 78th Texas Legislature where this measure was voted down although a transportation bill authored by a member of the Texas House of Representatives had an inclusion of red light camera enforcement. In December 2004, the Houston City Council unanimously voted for red light camera enforcement although Texas State Representative Gary Elkins (R-TX) introduced legislation to deter the City of Houston from amending its city charter for the city ordinance (i.e. red light cameras) to be enforced. This measure failed in the Texas Senate although in 2005, four intersections in Downtown Houston were used as testbeds for red light camera equipment. After a vending contract was approved, the enforcement went online September 1, 2006 to which those running a red light (there are 50 locations) are fined a $75 civil fine as opposed to a $225 moving violation which goes against the vehicle operator.
There are 50 intersections with red light cameras in the City of Houston with 70 cameras (20 intersections were added where dual cameras were installed). A majority of them are located at a thoroughfare at a freeway intersection - primarily in the Galleria and Southwest Houston. During a recent Houston City Council meeting on 6.11.08, council member James Rodriguez suggested the installation of an additional 200 cameras.
A voter referendum during the 2010 Texas gubernatorial elections to eliminate red-light cameras passed. The referendum that passed in November 2010 was later invalidated by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes June 17, 2011 citing that the referendum violated the city charter despite the contract with American Traffic Solutions, which provided the camera equipment. The cameras are expected to be reactivated after midnight on July 24, 2011; plans are underway to have this judicial ruling heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Mobility Response Team
On July 2, 2007, mayor Bill White started a new program called the "Mobility Response Team". This Task force, staffed by traffic enforcement officers will patrol within the loop looking for, and being dispatched to, traffic problems. They will report traffic light outages, issue parking citations, help clear and direct traffic around minor accidents, or traffic jams during special events like concerts, shows, etc. in the Houston area. The duties will only involve surface streets and not the freeways and will be using scooters and also police cruisers fitted with yellow flashing lights than the typical red and blue.
This is part of the Mayor's ongoing plan to improve mobility in Houston and is the first of its kind in the United States. The city's mobility response team will cost $1.8 million a year to operate.
Overtime and "Hot Spot" patrol concentration
Hurtt to spend an $24 million on overtime pay through 2010. The money would continue to bolster an understaffed force as police commanders try to increase their ranks. The overtime that is planned would be about equal to 500,000 police hours of which would help bolster various departments including, vice, Westside patrol and traffic enforcement, among other areas including a new 60-member crime reduction unit that will serve as a citywide tactical squad.
The police chief said the effort will put more officers to work immediately in troubled areas of the city such as Third Ward and Acres Homes, where the bodies of seven women have been found in the past two years.
The crime rate, particularly for violent offenses, since the latter part of 2005, when an influx of hurricane evacuees increased the city's population by more than 100,000, and incidents spiked in certain neighborhoods.
The Houston Police Department is headed by a chief of police, a law enforcement officer appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. This position is aided by 4 executive assistant chiefs, 10 assistant chiefs, 42 captains, approximately 220 lieutenants and 900 sergeants. HPD headquarters, 1200 Travis, are located in Downtown Houston. The current Chief of Police is C.A. McClelland, a former Executive Assistant Chief from the Houston Police Department.
HPD divides the city into 13 patrol divisions. Each division is divided into one or more districts and each district is divided further into one or more beats. Stations are operated and staffed 24 hours a day. HPD also operates 29 store front locations throughout the city. These store fronts are not staffed 24 hours a day, and generally open at either 7:00 or 8:00 AM, and close at 5:00 PM. Downtown Houston is patrolled by the Special Operations Division District 1, and the Houston Airport System facilities have their own divisions.
A map of all stations and store front locations can be found at the HPD web site: PDF map of stations, divisions, districts and beats.
 Office of the Chief of Police
- Office of the Chief of Staff
- Public Affairs Office
- Legal Services Office
- Office of Budget & Finance
- Strategic Operations
- Homeland Security Command
- Air Support Division
- Airport Division (District 21 - George Bush Intercontinental Airport and District 23 - William P. Hobby Airport and Ellington Field)
- Criminal Intelligence Division
- Special Operations Division (based in the northeast section of the George R. Brown Convention Center)
- Mounted Patrol Detail
- Special Response Group
- Bicycle Administration and Training Unit
- Tactical Operations Division
- Dive Team
- Patrol Canine "Doggie" Detail
- Marine Unit
- Bomb Squad
- Hostage Negotiation Team
- Professional Standards Command
- Inspections Division
- Internal Affairs/Central Intake Office
- Psychological Services
- Training Division
- Cadet Training
- Field Training Administration Office
- In-Service Training
- Firearms Training/Qualification Range
- Defensive Tactics
- Drivers Training
- Homeland Security Command
- Investigative Operations
- Special Investigations Command
- Auto Theft Division
- Gang Division
- Crime Reduction Unit
- Major Offenders Division
- Narcotics Division
- Vehicular Crimes Division
- Hit and Run Investigations Unit
- Auto Dealers Unit
- Vice Division
- Criminal Investigations Command
- Burglary & Theft Division
- Homicide Division
- Murder Squads
- Major Assaults
- Investigative First Responder
- Juvenile Division
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- General investigations
- Sex Offender Registration
- Missing Persons
- Robbery Division
- Special Crimes Division
- Family Violence Unit
- Sex Crimes Unit
- Special Investigations Command
- Field Operations
- North Central Patrol Command
- Central Division (Districts 1 and 2)
- Night Commander
- North Division (Districts 3 and 6)
- Northwest Division (Districts 4 and 5)
- North Patrol Command
- Kingwood Division (District 24)
- Northeast Division (Districts 7, 8 and 9)
- Traffic Enforcement Division
- Traffic Enforcement Unit
- DWI Task Force
- Truck Enforcement Unit
- Solo Motorcycle Detail
- Mobility Response Team
- Highway Interdiction Unit
- East Patrol Command
- Clear Lake Division (District 12)
- Eastside Division (District 11)
- South Central Division (District 10)
- Southeast Division (Districts 13 and 14)
- West Patrol Command
- Midwest Division (District 18)
- South Gessner Division (District 17)
- Southwest Division (Districts 15 and 16)
- Westside Division (Districts 19 and 20)
- North Central Patrol Command
- Support Operations
- Technology Services
- Staff Services Command
- Crime Analysis and Command Center Division
- Emergency Communications Division
- Employee Services Division
- Honor Guard
- Family Assistance
- Police Chaplain
- Jail Division
- Records Division
- Forensic Services Command
- Crime Lab Division
- Identification Division
- Crime Scene Unit
- Polygraph Unit
- Property Division
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The Houston Police Department administrative offices and investigative offices are at 1200 Travis in Downtown Houston. The 61 Riesner site houses the HPD central patrol office, the municipal jail, and the transportation department. The 33 Artesia facility houses the communication and maintenance facilities.
Substations and storefronts
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By the end of 1989 the police department had established 19 storefronts and planned to open 10 additional storefronts in 1990.
The Houston Police Department utilizes a large number of Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors as their main fleet of patrol vehicles. They have Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor models from newest models of model year 2010 to the oldest of 1999. They also use pickup trucks from the Big Three, such as the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F150, and Dodge Ram for their Truck Enforcement unit. There is also a small fleet of Dodge Chargers and Chevrolet Camaros, which are mainly used as "stealth traffic patrol vehicles" which are plain white police cars with a slicktop roof and gray, reflective "HOUSTON POLICE" graphics on the side as well as on the front bumper, and hidden emergency lights that are driven by uniformed officers. The Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is also used in the "stealth traffic patrol vehicle" function. Solo (motorcycle) officers use Harley-Davidson motorcycles. HPD also bought a few new Ford Taurus Police Interceptor units. The patrol vehicle livery, painted white with blue lettered graphics dating back to 1999, is being phased out for a black and white color scheme where 100 vehicles are painted from $60,000 earmarked from asset forfeiture funds. Other Texas cities e.g. Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Missouri City, Texas City, and the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office have reverted to black and white patrol cars (same in appearance as the LAPD).
The Houston Police helicopter division celebrated its 40th anniversary of airborne law enforcement in 2010. The unit was first formed in 1970 with three leased Schweizer 269B helicopters. Since that time Houston has flown almost exclusively Schweizer or MD helicopters.
In 2008 the Houston Police Department acquired new MD500E helicopters. The department also has Schweizer 300 helicopters for training. The Air Support unit has a total fleet of 10 or more helicopters.
Houston is the largest city in Texas with a 2010 population of 2.1 million in a 600-square-mile (1,600 km2) area. The helicopter division patrols about a 700-square-mile (1,800 km2) area. Houston Police have two helicopters in the air for up to 21 hours a day. All pilots and Tactical Flight Officers are sworn Houston police officers.
The City of Houston is committed to airborne law enforcement and establishes the Houston Police Department as a leader in law enforcement aviation. As of 2010, The Houston Police Department's air support division is quickly set to become the second largest municipal police air support unit in the country. .
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Most Houston police officers now carry Sig Sauer P229 or P226, Glock 22, Glock 23 or the Smith & Wesson M&P40 .40 (S&W) caliber semi-automatic handguns as their main duty weapon. They are also armed with X26 Tasers. Tenured officers whose handguns are "grandfathered in" are still allowed to carry their weapons after the mandated .40 (S&W) requirement. The Chief, Charles McClelland, carries a Colt 1911 Mk. IV Government Model as his sidearm. Officers are also allowed to carry AR-15 and Ruger Mini-14 rifles and Remington 870 and Benelli M1 Super 90 and M2 Super 90 shotguns. The Houston Police SWAT unit operates several kinds of automatic weapons, and was the first local law enforcement agency in the United States to adopt the FN P90. As of January 1, 2012, officers may choose to carry the Springfield XDm in 40 caliber as their duty pistol.
The Academy and field training
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The Houston Police Department operates a non-residential, Monday through Friday police academy from which all cadets must graduate in order to become Houston police officers.
There are currently full-length academy classes for those cadets that have not been commissioned as peace officers within the previous year to applying with HPD. These cadet classes typically last approximately six months and consist of the basic peace officer course as required by the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) and HPD specific instruction.
Lateral classes are typically in the academy for half as long as regular cadet classes. These lateral cadets are already TCLEOSE certified or have the equivalent out-of-state certification. They require mostly supplemental HPD instruction in order to graduate.
All cadets, whether regular or lateral, are required to pass HPD instruction in academics, firearms, driving, physical training, and defensive tactics.
Academy class ranking plays a significant part in determining which training station newly minted Probationary Police Officers (PPOs) will be sent to in order to complete the Field Training Program.
The following patrol stations are considered training stations:
- Clear Lake
- South Central
- Southwest/South Gessner
The following patrol stations are not considered training stations:
The Field Training Program consists of six phases which occur in the following sequence:
- Phase 1 – Three weeks of training on day shift.
- Phase 2 – Three weeks of training on evening or night shift.
- Phase 3 – Three weeks of training on evening or night shift.
- Phase 4 – Two weeks of evaluation with one week of evaluation on evening shift and one week on night shift.
- Phase 5 – Remedial training.
- Phase 6 – Re-evaluation.
PPOs that successfully complete Phase 4 are not required to continue onto Phase 5 and 6. PPOs that are required to continue onto Phase 5 are given remedial training in the category or categories that they are deemed deficient in. If a PPO fails Phase 6, they are disqualified from becoming a police officer, and must reapply to the department. Phase 6 is required to ensure that they have corrected the deficiency.
The probationary period for PPOs last for one year from the date that they were hired on as cadets. At the one year point, officers become civil service protected.
These are the ranks of the Houston Police Department:
|Chief of Police|
|Executive Assistant Chief of Police|
|Assistant Chief of Police|
|Senior Police Officer|
Those with the rank of sergeant or above are issued gold badges and white hats whereas officers are issued silver badges and blue hats.
Promotion to sergeant through captain all occur via a civil service formula that factors into account performance on the written examination for the respective rank (max. of 60 pts.), assessment score (max. of 40 pts.), years of service (max. of 10 pts.), and level of higher education (max. of 3 pts.) or 4 years of military service (max. of 1 pt.). Officers are eligible to take the sergeant's promotion exam after 5 years of service. Sergeants and lieutenants are eligible to take the promotion exam of the next higher rank after 2 years of service in their current rank. Candidates for lieutenant must hold at least 65 college hours or an associate's degree. Candidates for captain must hold at least a bachelor's degree.
Assistant chiefs of police and executive assistant chiefs of police are appointed by the chief of police with the approval of the mayor. Such individuals must hold at least a master's degree and have 5 years of HPD service.
Since the establishment of the Houston Police Department, 111 officers have died in the line of duty. The following list also contains officers from the Houston Airport Police Department and the Houston City Marshal's Office, which were merged into HPD.
The causes of death are as follows:
|Cause of death||Number of deaths|
|Struck by vehicle||
Breakdown of the makeup of the rank and file of HPD:
- Male: 88%
- Female: 12%
- White: 60%
- African-American/Black: 19%
- Hispanic: 18%
- Asian: 3%
Scandals and allegations
Joe Campos Torres
Joe Campos Torres (1954 - May 5, 1977) was a 23-year-old Vietnam Veteran who was arrested for disorderly conduct at a bar in Houston's predominantly Hispanic East End neighborhood. Six Houston police officers took Torres to a spot called “The Hole” next to Buffalo Bayou and beat him. The officers then took Torres to the city jail, where they were ordered to take him to the hospital. Instead of taking Torres to the hospital like they were told, the officers brought him back to the banks of Buffalo Bayou, where he was pushed into the water. Torres’ body was found two days later.
Chad Holley Beating
Chad Holley was an Elsik High School sophomore at the time of his arrest as an alleged burglary suspect, which was preceded by, what some say, was an abuse by HPD. He was eventually found guilty and sentenced to probation until he turned 18. The incident also resulted in 12 officers disciplined, fired, or charged. All appealed the decisions. Officer Andrew Blomberg, the first of four officers to go on trial, has been acquitted of charges of "Official Oppression"
Adan Jimenez Carranza
In October 2013, Officer Adan Jimenez Carranza plead guilty to "attempted sexual assault" for raping a woman in the back of his patrol car after investigating a minor traffic accident. He was sentenced to ten years in prison and twenty years on the state's sex offender registry. Carranza could be eligible for parole in six months.
Breakdown of the types of academic degrees held by HPD members:
- Associate's Degree: 311
- Bachelor's Degree: 1750
- Master's Degree: 575
- Doctorate Degree: 46
- Total number of members with a degree: 2,682
HPD Major Awards
- Chief of Police Commendation: may be presented to any department employee who demonstrated a high degree of professional excellence or initiative through the success of initiating, developing, or implementing difficult projects, programs, or investigations. The performance shall not have involved personal hazard to the individual.
- Medal of Valor: may be presented to officers who judiciously performed voluntary acts of conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty, knowing that taking such action presented a clear threat to their lives.
- Lifesaving Award: may be presented to any classified or civilian employee when a person would more than likely have died or suffered permanent brain damage if not for the employee's actions. The act must clearly indicate the employee did at least one of the following: (a) rendered exceptional first aid or (b) made a successful rescue (e.g. from a burning building or vehicle, or from drowning).
- Blue Heart Award: may be presented to officers who received life-threatening injuries while acting judiciously and in the line of duty. Officers may be eligible to receive the Blue Heart Award in conjunction with another award such as the Meritorious Service Award or the Lifesaving Award. Injuries due to negligence or minor injuries not requiring hospitalization are not eligible.
- Meritorious Service Award: may be presented to officers who have distinguished themselves by one of the following: (a) conduct during a criminal investigation or law enforcement action while demonstrating a high level of courage or (b) actions resulting in the apprehension of a felon under dangerous or unusual circumstances.
- Award of Excellence: may be presented to classified or civilian employees who have distinguished themselves on or off duty by outstanding service to HPD or the community. Employees must have demonstrated a high degree of dedication and professionalism in an endeavor that does not meet any other award criteria.
- Hostile Engagement Award: may be presented to officers who acted judiciously in the line of duty and performed acts upholding the high standards of the law enforcement profession while engaging in hostile confrontations with suspects wielding deadly weapons. Individuals who sustained non-life-threatening or minor injuries resulting from an assault by a deadly weapon are also eligible.
- Humanitarian Service Award: may be presented to any individual (employee or not) who demonstrated a voluntary act of donating time, physical effort, financial support, or special talent promoting the safety, health, education, or welfare of citizens. The individual is not eligible if there was any personal gain, financial compensation, special services, or privileges in exchange for the act.
- Public Service Award: may be presented to any individual outside the department who voluntarily acted in circumstances requiring unusual courage or heroism while assisting a police officer or other citizen. Those who do not meet the above criteria, but provided a measure of assistance, shall be sent a letter and a Certificate of Appreciation (no citation page) signed by the Chief of Police.
- Chief of Police Unit Citation: may be presented to two or more employees who performed an act or a series of acts over a period of time that demonstrated exceptional bravery or outstanding service to the department or the community. Their combined efforts as a functioning team must have resulted in the attainment of a departmental goal(s) and increased the department's effectiveness and efficiency.
Radio Unit Identifiers
- 5xx Mayor's Protection Detail
- 12xx Criminal Intelligence Division
- 16xx SWAT
- 20xx Dignitary Protection Details
- 26xx Narcotics
- 30xx Vice
- 36xx City Wreckers/Transportation
- 47xx Juvenile
- x-Y-xx Special Operations Patrol (Downtown, Parks, Special Events)
- x-Y-xx-T Special Operations Patrol (Downtown and Parks) Power Shift
- 10-Y-xx Special Operations Patrol - Memorial Park
- 20-Y-xx Special Operations Patrol - Hermann Park
- 24-P-xx Lake Houston Patrol
- 3x-x-xx Special Event Details
- 4x-x-xx Special Event Details
- 30-T-xx Traffic Enforcement Special Details
- 40-T-xx Traffic Enforcement Special Details
- 50-Z-xx DWI Task Force
- 60-T-xx Traffic Enforcement
- 66-M-xx Crisis Intervention Response Team
- 70-Z-xx Auto Accident Investigators (Mobility Units)
- 71-Z-xx Truck Enforcement Unit
- 73-I-xx Canine - IAH Airport
- 73-K-xx Canine - Patrol
- 75-Z-xx Mobility Response Team ("Scooters")
- 86-M-xx City Marshals - Municipal Court
- 90-x-xx Patrol Division Tactical Units
- 91-M-xx City Marshals - Warrants ("Field Units")
- 91-x-xx Patrol Division Tactical Units
- 92-x-xx Patrol Division Tactical Units
- 96-Z-xx DWI Task Force
- 99-Z-xx Motorcycles
- Police employee data by city agency, 2012
- HPD's website
- The Houston Police Officers' Union | History: 1920 - 1929
- </Houston Chronicle Article
- Austin News Report
- Worst Crime Lab in the Country??
- Bromwich, Michael R. "Final Report of the Independent Investigator for the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory and Property Room". Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- Fox News
- Some workers accused of cheating on proficiency test; inquiry launched
- HPD's SAFEclear's website
- City website on Safeclear
- City Of Houston Website
- Acknowledges issue has privacy, legal questions 2004 Houston Chronicle April 30, 2004
- "Interactive map of Houston traffic light cameras." Houston Chronicle. Retrieved on August 29, 2009.
- Red-light ordinance faces fight in Austin / Lawmaker has filed a bill to kill the camera plan; privacy, fairness cited as concerns 12/24/2004 HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Section B, Page 01 metfront, 3 STAR Edition
- "Citations to start going out for red light runners". KTRK-TV. 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
- Pinkerton, James (2011-07-22). "Houston". Chron.com (Houston Chronicle). Retrieved 2011-07-22.
- Traffic officers on scooters will fight Inner Loop gridlock
- HPD'S WAR ON CRIME GOES INTO OVERTIME / City promises 564 more officers, $24 million for OT Wed 10/03/2007 Houston Chronicle, Section A, Page 1, 3 STAR Edition
- Hassan, Anita and Jennifer Leahy. "Acres Homes search to focus on dumped bodies cases." Houston Chronicle. Saturday October 6, 2007. B2. Retrieved on August 29, 2009.
- Stiles, Matt and Kevin Moran. "HPD'S WAR ON CRIME GOES INTO OVERTIME / City promises 564 more officers, $24 million for OT." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday October 3, 2007. A1. Retrieved on August 29, 2009.
- "Beat Map." Houston Police Department. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
- HPD Organizational Chart
- Apocada, Gene. "HPD to make major changes." KTRK-TV. Friday February 8, 2008. Retrieved on April 9, 2010.
- Hillkirk, John and Gary Jacobson. Grit, Guts, and Genius: True Tales of Megasuccess : Who Made Them Happen And How They Did It. Houghton Mifflin, 1990. 123. Retrieved from Google Books on January 8, 2012. ISBN 0-395-56189-2, ISBN 978-0-395-56189-8. "By late 1989, the Houston Police Department had established nineteen storefronts, with ten more scheduled to open in 1990."
- 2011 Meet and Confer Agreement, page 49
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