Friday, August 28, 2015

Recruiting at Ft. Drum

Our recruiters travel all over the country to find the best candidates to join HPD. Here, Recruiting Officer M. Slade takes his run through NYC and stops by some iconic places while always representing HPD! He did this before the hiring event at Ft. Drum that happened yesterday. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Recruiting at Ft. Bliss today!

Sgt. Kiesewetter will be at Ft. Bliss today until 2 PM! Stop by and see how you can start your career with HPD!

Call HPD Recruiting at 713-308-1300 or go to 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

An Inside Look: Chief McClelland Speaks to Cadet Class #224

Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. recently welcomed dozens of
new police recruits to their first day of training in HPD's 224th Police
Academy Class.  

On July 7, Class #224 gathered in room #436 at the L. D. Morrison Police
Training Academy at 17000 Aldine Westfield for the beginning of the 26-week
rigorous training to join the ranks of HPD.  Following this intensive
training, the cadets will graduate and be sworn in as HPD officers and join the
rank and file to serve and protect the citizens of Houston.  

Chief McClelland spoke to the cadets on numerous topics including
expectations, Houston's cultural diversity and HPD's core values.  

HPD is hiring! Anyone interested in becoming an HPD officer is urged to

Wall Dedicated to Mr. Thomas

After the funeral services for Retired Senior Police Officer Edward Thomas this past Tuesday, Captain Greg Fremin, Commander of the Northeast Patrol Station where Mr. Thomas worked for the majority of his career, gave a tour of the station to Mr. Thomas’ relatives.

Captain Fremin pointed out that Mr. Thomas has a permanent wall dedication to him inside the station. The family of Mr. Thomas was overwhelmed at the love and support shown to him throughout his career with HPD.  

Thursday, August 13, 2015

HPD's Public Service Award

HPD awards the “Public Service Award” to citizens who voluntarily act in circumstances requiring unusual courage or heroism while assisting a police officer or other citizens.

Six-year-old Fabian Jasso was walking with his mother and grandmother when they were confronted by suspects trying to rob them. He witnessed his grandmother get shot by the suspects. Investigators showed Fabian a photospread, and he immediately positively identified the shooter. Fabian was interviewed at the Children’s Assessment Center, and again he immediately and positively identified the target suspect and even identified tattoos the suspect had on his neck and arms. With the identification of the suspect, Robbery Investigators were able to charge the suspect with aggravated robbery. Homicide Investigators subsequently linked this suspect and another to other crimes including one where a citizen was killed, thus leading to charges of Capital Murder against the suspects.

Fabian is a very courageous boy considering he was able to observe details in the robbery even after his grandmother had been shot in front of him. The department is proud to recently present the Public Service Award to Fabian Jasso. 

Cadet Class 222 Graduates

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HPD Recruiting ...... in England?

HPD Recruiting Officer Greg Gilmore is on holiday in England, but still spread the news that HPD is hiring. He exchanged patches with local law enforcement and saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

Officer Gilmore exchanging patches with two recruiting officers from Scotland Yard.
In front of Buckingham Palace

Officer Gilmore in a retired police car from Scotland Yard

Monday, August 10, 2015

HPD Mourns Loss of Legendary Officer

The Houston Police Department is sad to announce the passing of retired Senior Police Officer Edward A. Thomas.  Mr. Thomas, as he was affectionately known throughout the department, passed away this morning (August 10) of natural causes.

On July 27, HPD Headquarters was renamed the Houston Police Department Edward A. Thomas Building in a short ceremony that celebrated Officer Thomas' dedication and 63 years of service.  In 1948 Officer Thomas graduated from Cadet Class #1 and received numerous awards, commendations and letters of appreciation during his HPD career.

Officer Thomas was also one of the first African American police officers to join HPD and served during a time of systemic discrimination throughout the department.  However, Mr. Thomas persevered and served with dedication and hard work.  At the time of his retirement, he was the most revered and respected officer within the Houston Police Department.

"I am saddened to hear of Mr. Thomas' passing," said HPD Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr.  "He was a man who I respected immensely and was honored to know and call my friend.  The Houston Police Department and the City of Houston was a better place of having had him as an officer." 

Officer Thomas was 95.  Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time. 

Recruiting for the Week of August 10, 2015

Saturday, August 8, 2015

HPD Air Support Division

This video, shown at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Conference which was held here in Houston, provides an overview of the HPD Air Support Division. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Officer Demonstrates How Quickly the Inside of Vehicles Get Hot

The Houston Police Department wants to remind citizens to be aware of the danger that heat poses for children and pets who are left alone in hot cars. 

HPD Senior Police Officer Jed Rose demonstrates in a short video how hot the interior of a car can get in a short period of time, even on a cloudy day.  In the span of just 20 minutes, Officer Rose reported a dramatic 22 degree temperature increase inside the car. 

Leaving a child alone in a hot car is a criminal offense and can lead to a person being arrested, charged and prosecuted.

Officer Rose is joined by HPD K9 Gunnar, who is present only to remind citizens that dogs should also never be left in a car unattended. Dr. Michael Seely, from VERGI 24/7 Emergency Animal Clinic, describes the risk in leaving your dog in a hot car, as well as signs that your dog is overheated.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

HPD Recruiting in Ft. Benning, GA

A Welcome from SMASH

“Let’s give a big Houston welcome to Officer Matt Kenny from the Madison Mounted Horse Patrol. He will be spending 2 weeks learning all about our Mounted Unit and sponsorship program. Officer Kenny rides Luna when he is on patrol in Madison. Don’t worry, Luna, we will take good care of him!” ~ Smash

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

HPD Collects School Supplies

For the past few years, HPD has challenged each patrol station to collect school supplies for back to school. Northeast Patrol Station has won the trophy, and this year there is a serious push from other stations such as Midwest Patrol to unseat them.

The competition is all in good fun, and the children end up being the true winners as they have new supplies when they head back to school.

If you would like to donate, please call HPD Public Affairs at 713-308-3200 or visit any HPD Patrol Station.

The Art of Crime

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sign up for Houston's 9/11 Heroes Run!

The 9/11 Heroes Run raises awareness and honors the fallen of September 11th, as well as veterans, first responders, and military. The run will be held at Ellington Field on Saturday, September 12th , 2015 at 7:30 am. HPD is very excited to be a part of this event, and will provide updates here and on our Facebook page.

To register for the run, CLICK HERE!

For more information on the 9/11 Heroes Run, visit: and

All local proceeds will benefit the Texas Association of First Responders, Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Charitable Foundation, and Assist the Officer.

UPDATE: New Recruiting Event Added