POLICE Department

HPD Expands Community Policing, Exposes Cadets to Houston’s Different Cultures

November 20, 2015 - Beginning in July, Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. announced all HPD cadets will now participate in a bus tour that sees them crisscross Houston to learn about the various communities and cultures they will soon be charged with protecting and serving.  

As part of the Cultural Diversity Bus Tour, cadets meet with guides from the Acres Homes, Montrose, Meyerland, westside, southwest, and eastside communities.  At each stop, a guide instructs cadets on the history, culture and socioeconomics of a specific community.  In addition, the guide explains how community members perceive police.  Following a 30-minute instruction and subsequent question-and-answer period, the guide boards a bus and gives cadets a brief tour of the community.

The Cultural Diversity Bus Tour is the latest in HPD’s long-standing commitment to community policing.  So far, three cadet classes have participated in the tour with upcoming classes scheduled to attend on future dates.

Video and interviews with cadets and guides are on the HPD YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/Oek2aVUTsn0

KJS/JFC 11-20-15

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