Houston Matters

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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Are ROTC Programs Still Necessary?

Posted on · Last month, the Houston Chronicle reported on a review by the Government Accountability Office of eight of the state’s 22 Reserve Officers Training Corps units – more commonly known as ROTC. In 2013, Congress eliminated a number of such units nationwide, as they weren’t producing enough officers. That’s the concern here in Texas as well. We […]

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Policing the Police

Posted on · On Thursday, Oct .24, Texas Southern University will host a community meeting called “Policing the Police” – it’s a panel discussion about police procedures. The event stems from recent articles about police misconduct published by the Texas Observer. On this edition of Houston Matters, in advance of the meeting, we talk with Texas Observer writer Emily DePrang, […]