POLICE Department

Youth Programs


Boys and Girls Mentoring Program

Boys and Girls Mentoring Program

Boys and Girls Club After School Mentoring Program
HPD Mentoring Program provides social, emotional and academic support by developing positive relationships with club members, ages 7-17.  Police Officers provide support through one-to-one and small group mentoring, as well as help to facilitate character building programs.



HPD Explorers

Explorers

Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.

GREAT Great Program

 Gang Resistance Education Awareness Training (G.R.E.A.T.) G.R.E.A.T. is a prevention program for middle school students implemented by the Houston Police Department. Police officers teach an anti-gang curriculum to students at target HISD middle schools. The goal of G.R.E.A.T. is to prevent youth crime, violence, and gang involvement while developing a positive relationship among law enforcement, families and young people to create safer communities. 


TAPSTAPS

The Teen and Police Service Academy’s (TAPS Academy) goal is to reduce the social distance between at-risk youth and law enforcement. This goal is being accomplished through learning, interaction and discussion between at-risk youth and the law enforcement personnel that serve their communities. Through this program, TAPS students and law enforcement personnel gain valuable insight about each other and the issues they face on a daily basis.
TAPS Clubs were recently developed and are a condensed version of TAPS Academy. The program is implemented in specialized high school curriculum. In this peer-to-peer environment, TAPS Club students become campus leaders. Get an inside look on what TAPS is doing for Beechnut Academy by bridging the distance between police officers and at-risk teens.  http://vimeo.com/114462713

Teen Driver SafetyTeen Driver Safety

In an effort to help reduce teen driver crashes and fatalities, HPD conducts Teen Driver Safety (TDS) presentations and activities at schools and public events in an effort to help reduce incidents involving impaired and distracted driving among teens.

YPACYPAC

The Youth Police Advisory Council (YPAC) was created in 1997 by Chief of Police, C. O. Bradford, who recognized that teenagers are often overlooked as a source of insightful input regarding youth and law enforcement issues. The first of its kind in the nation, the primary function is to promote trust and understanding between the Houston Police Department (HPD) and youth.