New Recruits Begin Academy Training Today

December 10, 2007 - The Houston Police Department continues its efforts to increase the number of officers patrolling the streets of Houston. A fully staffed class of 70 cadets (class 196) began this journey today. The cadets will undergo approximately six months of intense training which will include drivers training, firearms training, defensive tactics, physical training and the study of state and local laws to name a few.

Officers from our Recruiting Unit worked tirelessly completing all necessary paperwork and background investigations required for the cadets to start on time. HPD continues its recruiting effort to fill vacant police officer positions. Recruiters attend sporting events, area malls and college campuses in their quest to find qualified individuals to join the ranks of the Houston Police Department.

For further information regarding Cadet Class 196, please contact Captain Mary Lentschke of the HPD Training Academy at 281-230-2300.

For more information on applying to or joining the Houston Police Department, citizens can go to or contact the Recruiting Unit at 713-308-1300.

GO/MES 12-10-07

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.