The HISD Police Department swore in 10 new police officers Monday morning, including its first female Asian police officer.
“I’m very excited,” said Nicky Tran after being sworn in. “As the first Asian female officer in the department, I’m setting the bar.”
The officers were welcomed to the department at a swearing-in ceremony where their badges were pinned on and they took an oath of office to keep the district’s schools, students and staff safe.
Tran, who is 27 and Vietnamese American, was inspired to join the force by her older brother, Sgt. Tridung Tran, who’s been with HISD Police for six years.
“He’s so tough,” Nicky Tran said. “He’s always been there for me, so I’d like to be there for him as well.”
“I’m proud she followed in my footsteps,” Tridung said. “I’ve just encouraged her to just be herself and find her niche in law enforcement.”
Having a diverse department makes a big difference, said HISD Police Chief Robert Mock. “We strive to be representative of the community we serve. She’ll be an integral part of providing that service.”
In order to become an HISD police officer, the officers were required to pass a physical fitness test and complete a two-week internal orientation program that included an overview of HISD police policies and procedures, firearms qualifications and police report writing. The officers, who are either new to law enforcement or advancing their career in the field, will continue their HISD Police training this month with an eight-week field training officer program.
“I want to thank the department for giving me a chance to be the best officer I can be,” said Officer Jose Rangel, who was sworn in at the ceremony.
The department now has 197 officers. HISD’s police department responds to more than 81,380 calls per year, and covers more than 300 square miles in the Houston area. HISD boasts the only accredited public school district police department in the nation.
“We’ve got a great group of police officers coming in, one of the largest we’ve ever sworn in, and we’re happy about that,” Mock said during the ceremony. “When you put on this badge, you have a responsibility to the people we look after. It takes a special person to be a school police officer. You have to have special qualities to do this, and all of you have that.”