To shed the negative image that often comes with wearing a
badge, HISD Police Chief Pedro Lopez Jr. is following the lead of police chiefs
nationwide to bring relational policing into HISD classrooms and neighborhoods.
That idea, along with a recent significant boost in
department funding, paved the way for the district’s new police community
outreach team CORE (Community Outreach Responsive Engagement).
“We are determined to go out into the communities, build
back those relationships and bridge that gap that has increasingly widened with
what has been happening throughout the country,” said HISD Police Officer
Steven Bennett, who is one of the six officers serving on the CORE team. “We
just want to get out there and do everything we can to repair this relationship
between the community and law enforcement.”
The Houston Independent School District announced the return of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program to select HISD schools at a press conference on Monday.
“I am so very excited about D.A.R.E. returning to HISD,” Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “We are determined to ensure that all students not only receive a quality education but that they come to school not under the influence and prepared to receive that quality education.”
In partnership with state
Rep. Jarvis Johnson, D.A.R.E. America, the HISD Police Department, and the
Houston Police Department, the program will initially train 35 HISD
PD officers and seven HPD officers on
teaching evidence-based prevention education curricula to students.
Houston Independent School District’s new police chief, Pedro “Pete” Lopez, Jr.
was sworn in Tuesday during an official ceremony where he took the oath of
office at the district’s Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center.
chief’s wife took part in the ceremonial badge-pinning portion of the event.
Houston Municipal Courts Director and Presiding Judge J. Elaine Marshall
administered the oath of office.
comes to HISD after 32 years of law enforcement experience, with 29 of those
years spent serving the Houston Police Department, where he rose from the rank
of patrol officer to assistant chief of Patrol Region 1. He has also served
with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and Texas Department of
The Houston Independent
School District has named Pedro Lopez Jr., a Houston Police Department
assistant chief with 32 years of experience, as the new chief of the HISD
spent 29 of his 32 years in law enforcement with HPD, moving up the ranks from
patrol officer to his current position as the assistant chief for Patrol Region
1. He has also served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and Texas
Department of Corrections.
fortunate to have a law enforcement veteran with the experience, training and
expertise of Chief Lopez join our district and lead our police department of
more than 200 officers,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “We
know he will do a great job protecting our students, staff and campuses as we
work to educate, train and support our global scholars.”
Feeding more than 10,000 families five days a week during a
pandemic is no easy task. It’s an effort that requires the collaboration of
multiple departments across the district to bring it all together.
In just over a month, HISD — working together with the
Houston Food Bank — has distributed 2 million pounds of food to more than
60,000 families. That range spans from March 14 through April 18.
“I appreciate the spotlight we’ve received, but it’s not
just us,” HISD Nutrition Services Officer Betti Wiggins said, referencing the
child nutrition department she leads. “We couldn’t have accomplished this
without the help of Community Partnerships and HISD Police.”
When HISD Nutrition Services Senior Operations
Manager Keith Lewis drove up to NRG Stadium Saturday for the massive food
distribution effort, he wasn’t nervous. He was excited.
As he walked up to NRG Stadium’s yellow
parking lot site and saw cars wrapped around the block, his excitement grew.
“I knew we had a team of Nutrition
Services employees that were going to show up and rock it,” Lewis said. “It’s
what we do every single day.”
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.