Fifteen uniformed men and women gathered with friends and
family Wednesday at the High School for Law and Justice to be sworn in as the
district’s newest law enforcement officers.
The audience cheered after each officer had a shiny silver
badge affixed to their uniform by a family member or friend. The new officers
walked across the stage proudly, pausing to shake their colleagues’ hands and
“Before stepping foot
on a school campus, please remember that some of our students deal with
challenges beyond what you can imagine,” HISD Police Chief Paul Cordova said,
offering the officers a few words of advice just before they were officially
sworn in. “Remember to have a warm smile and a bit of compassion.”
As the summer break comes to a close, preparations for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year are in full swing across the district and in the HISD Police Department.
The department is hosting a slate of professional development training courses in the weeks leading up to the first day of school.
“Training is always important because it allows for us to prepare for the upcoming school year,” HISD Police Sgt. Quinten Flannel said. “It helps us to keep up with the challenges and demands of the district. We want our officers to be trained and to know how to handle it.”
Officers with the HISD Police Department were visibly excited Wednesday when representatives from The 100 Club of Houston formally presented new active shooter kits for campus officers.
The 100 Club, established in 1953, provides financial support to the dependents of law enforcement officers and firefighters who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty in 32 counties surrounding Houston. The club also helps law enforcement agencies purchase life-protecting equipment, such as active shooter kits.
“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the 100 Club,” HISD Police Chief Paul Cordova said. “We brought our need to them and they immediately addressed it with their financial benevolence.”
With more than 7,000 employees,
Business Operations is the largest division in HISD. But what exactly do we do?
Before students can ever file
into their classrooms, bus drivers and crossing guards must get them safely to
school. Cafeteria workers must make them a nutritious breakfast. Custodians,
police officers, and construction crews must make sure they have new, clean,
safe spaces in which to learn.
The breadth of our work touches
all facets of the district, and support is at the heart of everything we do. We
help lay the foundation for student success — most of the time behind the
Local religious, school, and community leaders joined together Friday to kick off the 29th year of Project Safe Start to ensure students are safe as they transition to summer vacation.
Together, the group will ensure additional patrol officers
are placed in the immediate vicinity of schools and throughout neighborhoods
surrounding school campuses to help monitor and decrease any illegal activity
during the last few days of the school year.
Most people don’t know that some of the most active members
of the HISD Police Department are younger than 6 years old, furry, and do their
part to keep the district safe.
The K-9 unit is a vital part of HISD’s Police Department,
with all police dogs trained to support and protect officers. The K-9s also
conduct area searches for drugs, weapons, or other contraband that may be on
school grounds or in district facilities.
“The K-9 unit has been around since the ‘90s,” HISD Police Sergeant
Tridung Tran said. “We started with two and now we’ve expanded to five K-9s.
They allow us to provide a better service to the district.”
This week, law enforcement officers in HISD and across the
country will be celebrated for their service and sacrifice as part of Law
Enforcement Appreciation Week.
The annual observance was created in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which the date falls as Law Enforcement Appreciation Week.
“Every year we use this time to reflect on the value of peace
officers to our society and the immense sacrifices they make on a daily basis
to protect the community,” HISD Police Chief Paul Cordova said. “During this
week we want to honor both the living and the dead who have dedicated their
lives to serve others.”
HISD Police Department K9 Sasha has received a bullet and stab protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
The vest was sponsored by Jason Dale, Black Forest Motorsport of Cheektowaga, N.Y. and embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass. with a mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,300 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.
More than 140 Scarborough High School students joined law enforcement officers from the HISD Police Department, Houston Police Department and the Metro Houston Police Department in a program on Wednesday to reduce the number of hostile encounters between juveniles and law enforcement officers.
The Win-Win Program, developed by the Houston Health Department’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, imparts conflict-resolution skills through interactive workshops and candid group discussions.
Participants gathered together for a general assembly in the Scarborough High School auditorium, where they discussed the importance of strong student and peace officer relationships, which, according to Principal Roderick Trevino, Scarborough students are prepared for.