News

Deadlock Over Red Light Camera Penalty

Posted on · Houston police want to put the brakes on drivers who disregard the city's red light cameras. A grace period for violators ends this weekend. That means HPD has permission to put holds on drivers' vehicle registration renewals. But as Laurie Johnson reports — HPD can't really move forward with their plan.

News

Too Many Shootings Involving Police Officers

Posted on · A number of civil rights organizations came to Houston City Hall to address the number of officer involved shootings in the Houston area over the past year. They are calling for an independent investigation. More from Pat Hernandez.

News

I Haven’t Been Asked

Posted on · Acting Houston Police Chief Charles McClellan says he loves being a cop. He met with reporters for the first time after being named to replace Harold Hurtt. He told them that he thinks there are men and women in the department who would make a good police chief. Pat Hernandez has more.

News

Weeding out the Criminals from Illegals in Police Custody

Posted on · The Houston Police Department has a new tool to improve public safety. The secure communities initiative deals with both illegal and legal immigrants already in custody. SCI is not some complicated political reform, but simple database integration. Pat Hernandez explains.

News

Mistakes Lead to Review of Cases

Posted on · The Houston Police Department says all violent crime cases the past six years will be reviewed. This after an audit of the department's Fingerprinting Comparison Unit found problems that could compromise prosecution. Pat Hernandez has more.

News

HPD Celebrates Milestone

Posted on · The Houston Police Department celebrates a milestone today. It's been thirty years since the department started its psychological services division giving officers a place to turn. As Bill Stamps reports, psychological services are one of the least talked about, but most important divisions in HPD.

News

Affordable Housing Saves Fire Station

Posted on · An historic fire house is saved and the Old 6th Ward has more affordable housing. Rod Rice reports that the organization that rehabbed Jefferson Davis Hospital has done it again.

News

HPD Runs Fingerprints From the Street

Posted on · A new high-tech crime fighting tool is getting an experimental tryout in Houston. Rod Rice reports that police can now run fingerprints of possible criminals on the street and get a true identification in minutes.

News

New Property Room Erases Police Problems of Past

Posted on · After years of dealing with a cramped and outdated evidence storage facility, the Houston Police Department has a new property room. The new 50-thousand square foot facility replaces the one built back in the 70s. It has the most modern security features to efficiently house evidence. Pat Hernandez was on hand for the ribbon cutting.

News

It’s Time to Pay Up

Posted on · The Houston Police Department and Municipal Courts announce a tried and proven measure to clear up the back log of outstanding traffic warrants...with an arrest. A warrant sweep is now underway in neighborhoods and businesses throughout the city. Pat Hernandez has more.

News

Police Officers Use Nails Instead of Bullets

Posted on · More often than not, when you hear about police on the news it's when something bad has happened. But this next story is different. Twice a year Houston police officers volunteer their time and labor to help some of the city's most needy. As Bill Stamps reports, they're using hammers and nails instead of guns and bullets.

News

Houston Police Recruiting Communities

Posted on · The East End is the focus of a boost in police presence for the next couple months. The Houston Police Department will put more boots on the ground and reach out to the community in an effort to reduce crime and improve safety in the neighborhood. Laurie Johnson reports.

News

HPD Says Goodbye To Fallen Officer

Posted on · Family members and hundreds of friends and colleagues remembered fallen Houston Police Officer Timothy Abernethy Friday in a touching funeral service. The HPD veteran was killed last weekend. On a clear, cool day, his spirit and dedication were on display as the people closest to him said goodbye. Jack Williams reports.

Moody Park

Moody Park- The Aftermath

Posted on · Thirty years ago today, fires from the Moody Park Riot were still smoldering. Destroyed police cars and looted businesses were evidence of what had happened the day before. But as Jack Williams reports in the third of a three part series, the destruction was just the beginning of a gradual healing process. It also marked a new era in how the Houston police department related to the City's minority communities.

Moody Park

Moody Park Part 2- The Riot

Posted on · Thirty years ago today, in Moody Park on Houston's near north side, thousands gathered for Cinco de Mayo festivities. It had been a year since Jose Campos Torres had drowned in Buffalo Bayou after a police beating. In the crowd that day, anger toward the police soon exploded into violence. In the second of a three part series, Jack Williams reports on a day many will never forget.