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HPD Chief Charles McClelland Answers Your Questions

Posted on · From recent developments shaking the relationship between police and the community at large, to the impact the state’s new open carry law may have as it takes effect in January, to ongoing concerns about burglaries, homicides, and other criminal activity in the city of Houston and how it’s all investigated, there’s a lot that’s crime-related […]

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HPD Chief McClelland, The Full Menu, and Swamp Foundations: Wednesday’s Show (September 2, 2015)

Posted on · From recent developments shaking the relationship between police and the community at large, to the impact the state’s new open carry law may have as it takes effect in January, to ongoing concerns about burglaries, homicides, and other criminal activity in the city of Houston and how it’s all investigated, there’s a lot that’s crime-related […]

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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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Sandra Bland’s Sister Discusses Lawsuit; Law Enforcement Expert Weighs In

Posted on · On Tuesday, the family of Sandra Bland filed a federal lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety, a state trooper, two jailers and the Waller County Jail in connection with Bland’s death while in jail custody following her July 10 arrest. Bland’s family say they still haven’t received enough answers about her death and autopsy. […]

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City Hall, Synthetic Drugs & Lacrosse: Thursday’s Show (June 18, 2015)

Posted on · Late Wednesday night (6/17/15), the Houston City Council approved a $5.1 billion budget for FY ’16. It came after hours of wide-ranging discussions about ongoing union talks, deed restrictions, and a number of amendments. It was a long night for City Hall reporters too — the Houston Chronicle’s Mike Morris among them. Nevertheless, he joins us […]

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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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Sam Houston State Marks 50 Years as a Leader in Criminal Justice Studies

Posted on · Fifty years ago George Beto, the director of the Texas Department of Corrections and Arleigh Templeton, then president of Sam Houston State College, lobbied the Texas Legislature to establish an Institute of Contemporary Corrections and Behavioral Science. This program would aim to lead the nation in the study of criminology, corrections and behavioral research. Today, […]

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Is It Harder These Days to Recruit New Police Officers?

Posted on · From Ferguson to Baltimore, there have been a lot of stories lately about police and their practices. So that got us wondering: how hard is it these days to recruit new police officers in Greater Houston? Last fall, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland asked city leaders for millions of dollars to hire hundreds of new […]

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Juvenile Justice, Equal Pay and The Full Menu: Wednesday’s show (March 4, 2015)

Posted on · A federal civil rights investigation into law enforcement and criminal justice in Ferguson, Missouri will be released Wednesday. A law enforcement official familiar with the report tells NPR the investigation determined blacks were disproportionately targeted by police and the justice system, leading to – or reinforcing – a lack of trust in both police and the courts. […]

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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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What Kinds of Gambling Are Legal in Greater Houston?

Posted on · State Representative Carol Alvarado of Houston is sponsoring a measure during this legislative session that would create a Texas Gaming Commission. The commission could establish casino gambling in resort areas and in major cities, including Houston. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials in Harris County and the city of Houston have begun to tackle illegal gambling using […]

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Movie Theater Fear, Body Cameras and a Sneaker Riot: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Sony’s decision to not release the movie The Interview after vague threats of violence after the studio was hacked, to the approval of body cameras on Harris County law enforcement, to a riot over sneakers: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts is comprised […]

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Does Law Enforcement’s Inability to Investigate Every Crime Make the Public Apathetic About Reporting It?

Posted on · We learned this past summer about a Houston Police Department staffing study commissioned by the city, which indicated 15,000 burglaries and thefts, 3,000 hit-and-run crashes and 3,000 assaults in 2013 were set aside without follow-up. Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, at the time, noted “There has never been a time that I have been employed […]