A lot of Houston police officers have been sad when they learned one of their favorites was retiring after 33 years with the force. That women is HPD Assistant Chief Dorothy Edwards. She retired June 8TH simply because she thought it was time. Edwards was key in developing HPD’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Process. HPD spokesperson Jodi Silva says that helped reduce internal conflicts with officers in the department. Many are now asking if Edwards will be replaced by another African American on the Chief’s Command Staff but that decision has yet to be made. The Insite will keep you updated!
Asst. Chief Edward’s Bio:
Dorothy A. Edwards was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police of the Houston Police Department in May of 2004. As an Assistant Chief, she is in charge of the Professional Standards Command, which includes the Internal Affairs, Inspections, and Training Divisions, and the Psychological Services Unit.
Assistant Chief Edwards rose through the ranks during her 33-year law enforcement career, beginning as a police cadet in January of 1977. She has experienced virtually every aspect of law enforcement during her career.
She has received numerous awards and commendations during her tenure with the Houston Police Department. She is a member of various organizations and committees, including the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), for which she served as Chapter President, the Houston-Galveston Area Council Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, and is a founding member of the Women in Law Enforcement.
Assistant Chief Edwards attended the A. A. White Dispute Resolution Institute at the University of Houston, College of Business Administration where she was trained as a Certified Mediator. She used that knowledge to help establish an alternative dispute resolution process for the Houston Police Department.
She is a graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the South Texas College of Law where she earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree. She participated as a visiting instructor at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Gaborone, Botswana, Africa, in March 2007.
She has been married for 42 years to her husband, Roscoe. They have three sons, Roscoe, Stephen, and Sebastian, three grandsons, Stephen, Alexander, and Gabriel, and one granddaughter, Alexis.