HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
The City of Houston is a vibrant, progressive city rich in history, diversity and culture. With a population of 2.2 million and an area of 640 square miles, it is the fourth largest city by population and the largest major city by land area in the nation. The Houston Police Department has 7,100 employees, (5,400 sworn) and a budget of $667 million. The position of Police Chief has been open since December 30, 2009 when the previous Chief resigned.
The City of Houston has a “strong mayor” form of government. Mayor Annise D. Parker serves as the Executive Officer of the city. The Chief of Police is appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval of the City Council, with daily responsibility to the Chief of Staff. The City Council is comprised of nine members elected from districts and five members elected at-large by all voters of the city. Mayor Parker is serving her first term in office, taking office in January 2010.
Key areas of focus for the Mayor regarding the Police Department will be to devise creative deployment and crime reduction strategies; to engage the community in a meaningful dialogue that results in increased community confidence in the police; to focus on the use of technology as a tool in managing the delivery of police services; to streamline the department’s forensic testing process with a goal of increasing the level of public accountability; to plan for continuity of operations in a department with a large percentage of officers approaching retirement; to maximize departmental resources during a time of budget challenges; and to mentor and develop the next generation of Houston officers.
A four-year college degree and a minimum of 10 years of command-level experience in a large urban police agency are preferred. Experience in an organization of comparable size and complexity to the Houston Police Department is desired. A graduate degree, labor management experience and completion of senior-level management programs like the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) and Southern Police Institute are preferred. A combination of other training and experience which provides the essential knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.