The Houston Independent School District Police Department gathered Tuesday to celebrate the outstanding customer service and achievements of officers and personnel during their 21st Annual Awards Luncheon.
The Houston Independent School District Police Department has developed a new Emergency Response Team designed to respond to potential crisis situations throughout the district.
The 10-member team will have specialized uniforms and equipment, allowing them to mobilize and deploy quickly when a crisis occurs.
“If there is an active shooter scene, we don’t have an hour to wait,” HISD Police Chief Paul Cordova said, noting that emergency assistance from external law enforcement agencies can take up to an hour. “What we need is to have the equipment and the personnel in the field ready to go at all times.”
The Houston Independent School District Police Department opened a new police substation in northeast Houston to better support the schools and communities in that area.
Located in the former Chatham Elementary School on Bertwood Street, the northeast substation will serve the north, east, and central sides of town.
The new location was established as part of the police department’s safety and security initiatives for the 2018-2019 school year.
Officers who contributed $20 or more are wearing special pink badges throughout the month, signifying their commitment to the cause. The money raised will go to the American Cancer Society to support patients and their families fighting breast cancer.
“The Pink Badge Program is a great way for our officers to show support for our community,” Assistant Police Chief Lucretia Rogers said. “I think it demonstrates our commitment to supporting families who are struggling with this serious disease.”
The Pink Badge program is supported by various law enforcement agencies across the country. This is the second year HISD’s police department has participated.
Six new black and white police vehicles — each adorned with clean, streamlined graphics — are being added this fall to the Houston Independent School District Police Department fleet.
The new graphics showcase a black vehicle shell with white front and rear doors displaying reflective images of the HISD Police badge and department name. The vehicle number is located at the back, along with a reflective emergency bar.
“These new graphics avoid any confusion,” HISD Police Sgt. Quinten Flannel said. “We decided that we wanted to be part of these efforts and made the move to that direction for safety above all.”
In an effort to reduce opportunities for discriminatory perceptions, the Houston Independent School District Police Department is now offering its employees training on implicit bias.
The implicit bias training is meant to expose participants to their unconscious biases and offer information on how to eliminate those perceptions.
The two-day training kicked off in September at police headquarters and was led by Epic Collaborative Advisors, a consulting firm. Department leaders discussed how to interact with stakeholders and make better decisions when working with a variety of people out in the field.
National Night Out is an annual event that aims to make neighborhoods safer by strengthening relationships between community members and police departments.
“This event is a great opportunity for our district, community members, and police officers to mingle, share information, and stand together against crime and other issues of concern,” HISD Police Chief Paul Cordova said. “We want people to feel confident and secure in their own neighborhoods.”
For Houston Independent School District Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby, it’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, dumping an unprecedented 51 inches of water on city.
“I remember being excited about the start of school. We were ready to welcome our students and have a good year,” said Busby, who oversees HISD’s Business Operations division. “And just like that, it came to a screeching halt.”
The damage was considerable. With nearly all schools needing some repair and a few so damaged they would need to be rebuilt, the start of school was postponed by two weeks. Some schools were so damaged that they were delayed further or even relocated to temporary campuses.
Houston Independent School District Police Chief Paul Cordova and five members of his leadership team were publicly sworn in during a special ceremony held Wednesday at Crime Stoppers of Houston.
HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan administered the oath of office to Cordova and noted that, by taking the oath, the officers are publicly pledging their commitment to keeping students and staff safe.
“We live in a time where we can’t take things for granted,” Lathan said. “The officers that we are recognizing today are heroes. They are passionate not just about their jobs, but also about the safety of our students and staff.” Continue reading
As students get ready for the upcoming school year, Business Operations employees are doing the same, dedicating time for professional development that will better prepare them for the year ahead.
Held across the district throughout August, the in-service sessions provide employees with critical training related to their respective roles as well as the latest state and federal guidelines. They also serve as a welcome back for employees who were off duty during the summer. Continue reading