At 7 a.m. TOMORROW (Friday, July 31), HPD Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. will address Cadet Class #223 on the importance of the department’s first Cultural Diversity Cadet Bus Tour. Following his address at the L.D. Morrison, Sr. Police Training Academy at 17000 Aldine-Westfield, Chief McClelland will board a METRO bus to participate in the first stage of the tour.
Upon graduation, the HPD cadets will be charged with protecting and serving the people of Houston. This tour, part of the department’s long-standing commitment to community policing, is designed to expose police cadets to the variety of cultures found in the City of Houston. During the all-day tour, cadets will meet with guides from the Acres Homes, Montrose, Meyerland, Westside, Southwest, and Eastside communities.
At each stop, a guide will instruct cadets on the history, culture and socioeconomics of their specific community. In addition, the guide will explain how community members perceive the police. Following this 30 minute instruction and subsequent question and answer period, the guide will board the bus with cadets for a brief tour of the community.
Media interested in covering the tour should arrive at the training academy by 6:45 a.m. where Chief McClelland will be available for a brief interview following his 7 a.m. address to cadets. Media may then board the buses and ride with the cadets and guides. In addition, police cadets will be available during the course of the tour for interviews in Spanish, Mandarin and Vietnamese.