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.”
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.”
The newest four-legged addition to the HISD Police Department arrived last week, wagging her tail to show her excitement.
Officer Boni is a German Shepherd with a Hungarian bloodline. For the next month, she will undergo additional training including obedience, stamina, endurance, and narcotics detection.
“Boni will demonstrate the role and duties of our K-9 team for the public,” HISD Sgt. Tridung Tran said. “We want to build long-lasting relationships with the communities we serve, and our K-9 officers are the perfect ice breaker.” Continue reading →
The Houston Independent School District Police Department hosted a ceremony Wednesday to recognize the promotions of six new sergeants and to swear in seven new officers.
The celebration, which was held at the High School for Law and Justice for the officers and their families, honored the new sergeants, who were officially sworn into their roles last month, as well as the new officers, who were sworn in at the event.
“This is more than a swearing in,” Police Chief Paul Cordova said. “This is a public commitment to the principles of law enforcement, and it’s our officers reinforcing their commitment to serving the community.”
HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan expressed her appreciation to the department and the new officers for their work in keeping HISD schools safe. Continue reading →
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.”