Houston Matters

New Sheriff Ron Hickman Discusses Changes to His Department and Diversity of His Staff

Posted on · On May 12, Harris County Commissioners appointed Ron Hickman as the interim county sheriff after former Sheriff Adrian Garcia stepped down to formally run for Houston mayor. Sheriff Hickman tells Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin about changes he’s made to the department since the appointment and answers criticism about the diversity of his staff.

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New Sheriff, New Beer & New Flights: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a new sheriff in town, to a new beer in town, and to soon-to-be new flights in town: we discuss The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of rotating “non-experts” includes: Aurora Losada, editor of La Voz de Houston; Joe Holley, “Native Texan” columnist for the […]

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Sheriff Garcia Discusses Crime and Policing in Harris County

Posted on · A little under a year ago we spoke with Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia about crime in Houston. We looked at how it’s investigated, how it’s monitored, what are some of the trends in crime that are on the rise and what trends seem to be declining. On Thursday […]

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Sheriff Garcia, Campaign Finance and Spacing Out: Friday’s show (February 6, 2015)

Posted on · A little under a year ago we spoke with Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia about crime in Houston. We looked at how it's investigated, how it's monitored and some of the trends in crime locally. On Thursday (2/5/15), we revisited that conversation with Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, and […]

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Interacting with Police, Trade with China, and Spongebob: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from the developments of recent months in Ferguson, Mo., is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. It’s a topic we explored on Houston Matters back in August. We discussed how, here in Houston, the Teen and Police Service or TAPS Academy seeks […]

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New Report Says the Texas Mental Health System is in Crisis

Posted on · Last month, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which is tasked with identifying and eliminating inefficiencies in state government, released a critical report on the Texas Department of State Health Services. The report characterizes the state’s mental health hospital system as being “in crisis,” adding that “individuals waiting to enter the state mental health hospital system […]

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Crime, Oil Spill Update, ICE, & Kayaking Buffalo Bayou: Houston Matters for Wed., March 26, 2014

Posted on · When you’re the fourth largest city in the country, crime is an inevitable part of life. But what crimes? And how prevalent are they? Houston Police Department statistics offer a glimpse. In January of this year, HPDÂ says there were more than 11,300 crimes reported across the city of Houston. More than half were thefts; […]