Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Investigative First Responder (IFR)

Courtesy of KPRC Channel 2 (www.click2houston.com)

IFR is a hybrid of patrol work and investigative work. The Division has 68 officers spread across the city who follow up on leads in a various array of crimes such as robberies, assaults, burglaries, and thefts. It is an exciting job that allows the uniformed officer to not only "respond to the call" but to take the information and "run" with it. IFR Officers perform a variety of investigative tasks that have traditionally been restricted to officers assigned to the Homicide, Robbery and Burglary & Theft Divisions. They take statements, show photo spreads, obtain charges, and track down wanted suspects. The assignment is perfect for the officer who likes to be in uniform serving the public but also likes the investigative aspect of police work.


D. Williamson said...

This is one of those ideas that is so good, when you hear about it you think "of course! That's the way it SHOULD be." I imagine officers will be lined up around the block to become IFR officers as this becomes more known. Houston is really showing off some innovative thinking with this one and the folks who rolled this out should be very proud indeed. As a civilian and an outsider, I can't wait to see how this improves the quality of service and the image of the department!

Anonymous said...

Awesome. that's what I want to do!