As students and teachers make their way back to classes this week in Parkland, Fla., the community is seeking normalcy and continuity through vigils, community focus groups, and a think tank made up of members from some of the nation’s largest police agencies.
As part of that think tank, the HISD Police Department and Risk Management Team joined with law enforcement officers and safety practitioners from across the country on Monday to discuss school safety issues.
The session was held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on March 5, and it was hosted by the Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department. Continue reading →
In the wake of the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza on Wednesday asked parents, students, and school staff to be the first line of defense when it comes to keeping HISD students safe.
“The best preventative measure is a well-informed school culture – a student body that feels comfortable bringing information forward,” Carranza said.
He urged students that if they “see something, say something” and report any concerns to an adult.
He also joined Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez in calling on parents to talk to their students about the consequences of making jokes or threats regarding school safety on social media, in person, or through other channels. Threats – even if considered a joke by the person who made them – are considered crimes. Continue reading →
The Houston Independent School District Police Department is building relationships with community one cup of coffee at a time.
HISD Police Department will host the first Coffee With a Cop of 2018 on Thursday, Feb. 1, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Whataburger located on 6914 Harrisburg Blvd., Houston, TX 77011.
Coffee with a Cop is an event centered on breaking down barriers and joining law enforcement officers with their respective communities. The program gives police officers an opportunity to discuss specific community concerns, share ideas and address issues with those who live in the area they serve, while building trust and confidence.Continue reading →
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.” Continue reading →
HISD Police Chief Robert Mock encouraged his officers to get to know and build relationships with students, as he addressed the group at the department’s 20th Annual Awards Luncheon on Friday.
“You have the ability get to know these students and intervene in their lives,” Mock said. “I challenge each one of you to choose to make a difference.”
HISD police officers, personnel, and family members gathered at Brady’s Landing restaurant for the event, which celebrates the achievements, contributions, and outstanding customer service provided by the department during the academic school year. Continue reading →
Social and emotional learning, restorative discipline, and expanding wraparound services to be top priorities
The start of the 2017-2018 school year is over two months away, but HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza is outlining some of the district’s top priorities for the coming year.
Carranza recently addressed over 1,500 school and district leaders at the HISD 2017 Professional Learning Series, a two-day training series that traditionally has launched the direction of the district for the coming academic year.
Leaders gather to learn about restorative justice, inclusive practices, and supporting all students
More than 1,500 school and district leaders are gathering this week at Kingdom Builders Center for HISD’s 2017 Professional Learning Series (PLS), which includes two days of development, collaboration, and learning that will set the priorities and vision for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. The theme for this year’s PLS, “Support Every Child: Create a Culture and Climate for all Students,” emphasizes connections between a positive school culture and adult behaviors in schools. At PLS, school leaders will focus on how improving school culture and climate can reduce dropout rates, discipline issues, bullying, and other high-risk behaviors while supporting students to increase academic and behavioral performance.
With the school year winding down, HISD Police is joining forces with local religious leaders, school district administrators, and law enforcement agencies to emphasize the importance of student safety.
The message is a key part of Project Safe Start. Established in 1989, the program aims to beef up police patrols in and around campuses during the last week of school to help prevent criminal activity and increase student safety as summer vacation begins.
“In HISD, our job is not over until every child makes it home safely,” HISD Police Lt. James Bridges said. “We take this responsibility very seriously, and the commitment to ensuring that this is accomplished each day.”
The Houston Independent School District Police Department has announced the winners of the third annual Police Appreciation Week art contest.
Fifth-grade artists were encouraged to showcase their talents with the department’s K-9 unit as the theme. Participants also explored other themes, including the importance of law enforcement and the different types of police officers.