Occasionally over the next few months I will be highlighting our officers and supervisors in the Recruiting Unit. I thought it would be nice to have them tell you a little about themselves, their most rewarding experience as a police officer and how long they have been recruiting. Look for future posts labeled "Meet Your Recruiter". As a matter of fact, I am going to start right now:
I have been in law enforcement for almost twenty years. I have served as an officer with the Houston Police Department for the past ten years. Just prior to joining the Houston Police Department, I worked as a probation officer for ten years. I wanted to expand my opportunities and decided to join HPD. As a rookie straight out of the academy, I was placed in one of the most active beats in Houston. This assignment afforded me valuable experience beyond compare.
During Hurricane Katrina, evacuees from New Orleans created a massive number of citizens to be placed in a very small geographical area, which led to hundreds of calls for service in just one day. While the Katrina situation was unfortunate, this is the time I remember the most as a patrolman. I had an opportunity to help many people. Some evacuees were turned away from hotels due to no vacancies. It was challenging but rewarding to work hand in hand with fellow officers to help these displaced citizens. We were able to find available rooms, provide transportation and help feed everyone in need. Offering encouragement to individuals who had just lost everything except the clothes on their back was heartbreaking. The handshakes and hugs from the evacuees as we helped each adult and child was the most rewarding experience in my career as a Houston Police Officer so far.
I have been in the Recruiting Unit for almost three years now and I truly enjoy helping individuals become Houston’s Finest!
I’m Abrian Nelson, and I’m a Recruiter.