What It Means To Earn A Blue Star
March 21, 2006 -- The Blue Star
program is designed to help apartment managers identify and reduce
elements of crime in their properties. The program encourages
apartment communities to work cooperatively with the police in
building safer and
The Blue Star program is strictly voluntary and
is directed towards those willing to implement initiatives to
reduce calls for service, and enlist residents in living a crime-free
lifestyle. The commitment must be made from all participating
The program consists of three phases:
Phase I - Training phase for apartment managers
(applicant screening, legal overview, civil liabilities, eviction
Phase II - C.P.T.E.D. (Crime prevention through
environmental design) compliance phase
Phase II - Social celebration with all parties
involved for the successful designation
as a Blue Star Property.
After the property is designated as a Blue Star
Property; owners, managers and residents, know what is expected
from them. The residents will commit to act in a responsible manner
and refrain from illegal activity. New residents will receive
an appendix to their rental contract advising them that criminal
activity on the property will not be tolerated and that any violation
to their lease agreement is good cause for immediate termination
of tenancy. This creates the sense of ownership in the community
among residents and allows management to run properties, which
experience low numbers of calls for service.
The Houston Police Department conducted a Blue
Star Training Program for apartment managers on March 16, 2006
from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Grace Community Church located
at 14505 Gulf Freeway. The presentation included members of the
Houston Police Departments' Vice, Narcotics and Gang Divisions.
See photos attached. Click here
to view a photo of the training class and here
to view a photo of the training instructors.
This program also works in conjunction with the
HPD Positive Interaction Program (PIP) where neighborhood leaders
work with the police department to identify crime in their areas.
For further information or to request a CPTED
survey or presentation, please contact the Houston Police Department
Blue Star Program at (713) 308-3200.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.