Just in time for the new year, the HISD Police Department received a donation of kayaks, rescue gear and other emergency equipment secured by District II Board Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones.
“During Hurricane Harvey, I witnessed our police department’s efforts assisting people get to higher ground using every resource we had – buses, SUVs and cars,” Trustee Skillern-Jones said. “If we are going to be a part of rescue efforts, we need to ensure our officers are equipped with safe equipment that allows them do so.”
Skillern-Jones also sent donated equipment to law enforcement agencies across the area including the Houston Police Department and Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 1.
With more than 180 HISD police officers having responded to Harvey-related emergencies last year, the donation comes at a time of need to ensure the department is ready for response and fully equipped with all the proper emergency resources.
“I pray and hope that we do not need them. But if we do, we will be prepared,” Lieutenant James V. Bridges said. “We’re always ready to respond in any crisis that not only serves HISD, but supports the community of Houston and Harris County.”
The kayaks and other emergency equipment join a fleet of Tahoe SUVs and school buses, as well as a flat-bottom boat that will be implemented into a high-water rescue training planned in the next few months.