HPD Receives National Community Policing Honor
October 29, 2010 - The Houston Police Department has received the 2010 Community Policing Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
HPD was recognized for the Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative (CCSI). CCSI is an innovative collaboration between HPD, Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County (MHMRA), and the City of Houston Health and Human Services. The objective of CCSI is to identify persons with serious mental illness who have extremely high numbers of contact with police officers and to link these individuals to caseworkers with the ultimate goal of reducing future police contacts and assisting the person to lead a more stable life.
CCSI has resulted in a 70% reduction in police contacts with the targeted population and has reduced hospital admissions to the Neuro Psychiatric Center by 21% and admissions to the Harris County Psychiatric Center by 51%. HPD also realized a savings of 962 manpower hours over the six-month trial period. CCSI is funded by the City of Houston Health and Human Services, costing $139,000 annually. The savings in reduced hospitalizations and reduced police manpower hours is $434,000.
“I can not emphasize enough how important this award is to the men and women of the Houston Police Department,” said HPD Chief Charles A. McClelland Jr. “All of our officers receive training in crisis intervention and it is through that training and the terrific efforts of our Mental Health Unit officers that helps make this the best police department in the nation,” Chief McClelland added.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with more than 20,000 members in more than 140 different countries. IACP’s leadership consists of the operating chief executives of international, federal, state, and local agencies of all sizes.
Photos of some members who comprise the Crisis Intervention Response Team are attached.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.