HISD PD is nation’s only accredited school district law enforcement agency
The Houston Independent School District Police Department and a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will host a public forum as part of the department’s re-accreditation process.
The HISD Police Department became the first school district law enforcement agency in the nation to achieve CALEA accreditation in 2008. This year, the department is seeking its eighth renewal.
HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan joined HISD Police Chief Paul Cordova and other district leaders on Thursday at Bellaire High School for a discussion with a group of students to discuss safety and security concerns.
Lathan said the district will explore additional safety and security steps to help students feel safer and more secure.
After the meeting, which was attended by about 20 students, Lathan met with local media and announced that the district will immediately begin exploring additional security steps, including the installation of metal detectors on some campuses across the district.
The Houston Independent School District Police Department hosted a ceremony Wednesday to recognize the promotions of one new captain, four new sergeants and to swear in four new officers.
The celebration, which was held at the High School for Law and Justice for the officers and their families, honored the new captain, sergeants, and new officers, all who were sworn in at the event. HISD Police Chief Paul Cordova offered some words of wisdom at the start of the pinning ceremony.
“Before stepping foot on the campus, some of our students deal with challenges and issues that we can’t even imagine,” Cordova said. “You may be the first face they see and let it be with a warm smile and a bit of compassion because it may make all the difference in the world.”
Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk sixth-grader Joziah Crenshaw was honored at a surprise recognition ceremony on Tuesday after he took swift action when he saw a mother and child in a potentially dangerous situation.
Joziah was honored with a Citizenship Award from HISD Police for alerting authorities after he saw a distressed mother across the street from his school who had inadvertently locked her baby in the car.
The Houston Independent School District’s Police Department is hosting a job fair on Saturday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to Noon at Hattie Mae White (4400 West 18th St., 77092).
Those interested in joining the district’s Police Department must bring a valid driver’s license, Social Security card and a copy of industry-related certificates, licenses and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) certification.
As the only accredited public school district police department in the nation, the HISD Police Department works to ensure the safety and security of students and staff across more than 300 square miles of the Houston area.
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.”
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into their classrooms, bus drivers and crossing guards must get them safely to
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police officers, and construction crews must make sure they have new, clean,
safe spaces in which to learn.
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