Houston Matters

How Can Law Enforcement Better Relate to the People it Serves?

Following the murder of a Harris County Deputy while he was filling up his patrol car at a suburban gas station Friday night, some law enforcement officials tied the murder to national rhetoric about police violence, noting a growing disconnect and mistrust of police by the community at large. We’ve discussed this divide, and efforts […]

Following the murder of a Harris County Deputy while he was filling up his patrol car at a suburban gas station Friday night, some law enforcement officials tied the murder to national rhetoric about police violence, noting a growing disconnect and mistrust of police by the community at large.

We’ve discussed this divide, and efforts to bridge it, over the last year. We listen back to one of those conversations, with criminologist Dr. Everette Penn. He’s director of Houston’s Teen and Police Service, or “TAPS” Academy, which connects at-risk teens with police officers to form positive relationships.

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