Wearing sharp black uniforms adorned with embroidered patches, newly appointed Assistant Chief Paul Cordova and 11 new officers filed into the Thomas Middle School gym on Monday ready to be sworn in as the district’s newest law enforcement officers.
Family, friends, and colleagues cheered as each officer had a shiny silver badge pinned to their uniform.
“Today is a momentous occasion,” HISD Police Chief Robert Mock said, noting that the badges conveyed great responsibility. “This a day you are given great trust, a day to become a leader.”
With Monday’s swearing-in ceremony being the largest to date, the HISD Police Department now boasts of 216 officers. It is the only accredited public school district police department in the nation, responding to more than 81,380 calls per year across 300 square miles. Continue reading →
With the school year winding down, HISD Police is joining forces with local religious leaders, school district administrators, and law enforcement agencies to emphasize the importance of student safety.
The message is a key part of Project Safe Start. Established in 1989, the program aims to beef up police patrols in and around campuses during the last week of school to help prevent criminal activity and increase student safety as summer vacation begins.
“In HISD, our job is not over until every child makes it home safely,” HISD Police Lt. James Bridges said. “We take this responsibility very seriously, and the commitment to ensuring that this is accomplished each day.”
The Houston Independent School District Police Department has announced the winners of the third annual Police Appreciation Week art contest.
Fifth-grade artists were encouraged to showcase their talents with the department’s K-9 unit as the theme. Participants also explored other themes, including the importance of law enforcement and the different types of police officers.
The HISD Police Department will be hosting “Coffee with a Cop” for the community on Tuesday, April 25, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the McDonald’s located on 2515 Fulton St.
During the event, residents will have the opportunity to meet with officers and ask them questions
Created in 2011, Coffee with a Cop was initiated via partnership between the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and other law enforcement agencies in response to tensions between the police and community.
Grab your markers, crayons, and No. 2 pencils, because registration is now open for the HISD Police Department’s third annual art contest in honor of Police Appreciation Week.
Aspiring artists in the fifth grade are free to use any type of material to showcase their inner Picasso in this year’s contest. Artwork can be submitted by individual HISD students or on behalf of an entire HISD classroom.
Designed to recognize Police Appreciation Week, which kicks off on May 15, the contest aims to help students visualize the work performed by police officers and, perhaps, go on to choose a career in law enforcement.
HISD Police Sgt. Adolph Saenz could barely hold back his emotions after walking into a surprise retirement celebration on Monday afternoon.
HISD PD Sgt. Adolph Saenz and HISD PD Chief of Police Robert Mock
“I’ve worked with so many of you all for these years and it’s like family,” Saenz said to a room filled with 50 well-wishers. “I’ve spent more time on the job than I have with my own family, and I appreciate each and every one of you. I’ve got beautiful memories and I appreciate you all being in my life and you’ve made a difference in me.”
After 41 years with the department, Saenz is saying farewell to the nation’s only accredited school district police department, but not without a lot of soul-searching.
“I wrote my letter all the way in July, and I always would change the date,” Saenz said. “The day I decided to do it, I was walking down the hallway knowing that was the hardest thing in the world for me to do.”
The Houston Independent School District Police Department is celebrating National Night Out by giving crime a going-away party on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.
HISD Police are hosting the “Giving Crime a Going-Away Party” at their department headquarters at 3500 Tampa St., 77021. The community is invited to celebrate with free food and drinks, music, games, and prizes. Several law enforcement agencies, as well as fire-safety and health vendors, will be on hand to meet with the community.
The Houston Independent School District Police Department and a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies hosted a public meeting this week as part of the department’s re-accreditation process.
The meeting provided community members the opportunity to voice comments about the department’s compliance with applicable standards or other significant issues. It was attended by about 15 people, most of whom were HISD Police employees. Only two attendees spoke, and both noted how hard the department had worked to become reaccredited. Continue reading →
The Houston Independent School District Police Department has announced the winners of its second annual Police Appreciation Week Art Contest.
For this year’s contest, students in kindergarten through second grade created art projects using a variety of law enforcement themes. Some highlighted a specific HISD campus officer, while others showcased different types of law enforcement officers or honored relatives in law enforcement.