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DiverseCity: Spending Time with People Who Don’t Look Like Us

Posted on · Dr. Everette Penn is a professor of criminology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake who also directs the Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy. He talks about the importance of spending time with people who don’t necessarily look like us and who have different backgrounds. This segment is part of DiverseCity, a year-long initiative looking […]

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The African-American Community’s Relationship with Law-Enforcement: A Live Houston Matters Town Hall

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we devote our entire hour to exploring the relationship between Greater Houston police and Houston’s black community with a number of guests in front of a live audience at Houston Public Media. Our guests include: Harris County Sheriff-elect Ed Gonzalez Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Michael Dirden […]

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Should Police, Teachers and Others Be Paid More to Live in the Areas They Serve?

Posted on · Recently, the Houston City Council contemplated whether to pay police officers more money to live in the city and closer to the communities they serve. Council members shelved the topic after struggling to find common ground. It’s not a new concept, and not unique to law enforcement. Some propose it’s beneficial for educators to live where […]

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

Posted on · 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 […]

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New Laws, Pearland and Texans Preview: Monday’s Show (August 31, 2015)

Posted on · Starting tomorrow (9/1/15), the majority of the laws passed during the state’s 84th legislative session will take effect. All this month, the Texas Tribune has reported how these new laws may change some Texans’ lives. We discuss how on this edition of Houston Matters, as we welcome your questions for Texas Tribune Managing Editor Ayan Mittra. Also […]

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

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from recent developments in Ferguson, Missouri, is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. We discuss how that can be accomplished, and focus on one example here in Houston – the Teen and Police Service Academy. The TAPS Academy seeks to connect at-risk teens with police officers […]