POLICE Department

Youth Program

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


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.

Explorers Overview
Explorers Testimonial
GREAT Gang Prevention Unit

Gang Prevention Unit (GPU) focuses on providing gang prevention and intervention programs for middle school students and presenting gang education and awareness to communities in the City of Houston. The goal is to prevent youth crime, violence and gang involvement while developing a positive relationship between youth, their families and law enforcement.

GPU Overview

The Greater Houston Police Activities League (GHPAL) is a youth  mentorship enhancement program that utilizes educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth by bringing them together in a fun and active environment. The mission of GHPAL is to reduce juvenile crime and violence through “Relational Policing” which includes building trusting relationships between youth, law enforcement and the community.

GHPAL Overview
GHPAL Testimonial


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. 

TAPS Overview  

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.


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.

YPAC Overview
YPAC Testimonial


The mission of My Brother's Keeper is to help boys and young men of color reach their full potential by creating access to resources, providing opportunities for growth and advancement, removing barriers, and clearing pathways to success

Law and Your Community: A WIN-WIN (WIN-WIN) is a program of the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Houston initiative. WIN-WIN was designed to "eliminate hostile and deadly encounters" between law enforcement, youth, and citizens in Houston. The program provides an interactive learning environment whereby together law enforcement, youth and black and brown men of color listen, learn, and collaborate to ensure safety for one another. 

The focus is on building/rebuilding trust, while educating youth and citizens on police interaction protocols. The goal is for everyone to return home safe at the end of a police encounter. 

The Houston Police Department,  Houston Health Department and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives partner to present this program. 

Our priority populations for the program are MBK feeder pattern schools, ReEntry, and ReDirect clients. Anyone adversely impacted by the Criminal Justice System will benefit.  WIN-WIN is also aligned with the MBK Milestone 6 focus area, aimed at reducing violence and providing second chance opportunities. 

When citizens and police collaborate, it is a WIN-WIN! 

My Brother's Keeper | Houston Health Department