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July 6, 2015

Important News and Information from Houston Police:
Gun Safety Reminder
HPD Makes Website More Transparent with Additional Information

The Houston Police Department reminds everyone that firearms safety is a responsibility we must all share, especially with regards to our children.

With children out of school, and spending more time at home, there is more of an opportunity for something tragic to happen if someone owns a weapon and it is not properly secured. 
Potential tragedies can be avoided by following these gun safety tips:

  • Keep all firearms out of reach of children.  They should be stored unloaded and under lock and key.
  • Do not hide them under pillows or in bedside tables or nightstands. 
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of firearms and remind them these are NOT toys!
  • Most importantly, childproof your gun with a trigger guard or some other safety device. 
  • One should always assume and treat a firearm as if it was loaded. 
  • Teach your children to Stop, Don't Touch, Run Away and Tell a Grown Up

Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr speaks on child gun safety, and proper use and installation of a child safety gun lock on the HPD YouTube channel at
Under the Texas Penal Code, making a firearm accessible to a child is a Class C misdemeanor.  If a child discharges a firearm causing serious bodily injury or death to himself /herself or another person, it is a Class A misdemeanor.

For more information on gun safety, visit or

HPD's "Help Us, Help You" campaign is aimed at sharing information and educating citizens on crime prevention and everyday tips related to public safety in our city.

HPD Makes Website More Transparent with Additional Information

The Houston Police Department has expanded information on its website in an effort to increase transparency on police actions, including when officers are forced to discharge their weapons.
A new feature on its website is designed to provide the public with information on officer-involved shooting (OIS) incidents.

Several months ago, Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. challenged members of his executive and command staffs to design a web link the public could access online to review information on shooting incidents involving HPD officers.

During his regular monthly meeting with members of the media in June, the Chief said one main reason for the new feature is to allow the HPD to be proactive in allowing access to citizens seeking public information in such incidents.

Chief McClelland's full comments and a tutorial on how to navigate the new OIS page is on the HPD YouTube channel at

The OIS link and icon can now be accessed on the home page of the HPD website at

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