Office of Policing Reform and Accountability (OPRA)

On April 29, 2021, Mayor Sylvester Turner outlined his plans to implement a significant number of the recommendations submitted by the Mayor's Task Force on Policing Reform to improve accountability, transparency, change police policies and build mutual trust and respect with the community. Mayor Turner also appointed Crystal Okorafor as the city's deputy inspector general in the new office of Policing Reform and Accountability. Okorafor is former assistant district attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

The Deputy Inspector General will serve as an ‘ombudsman’ for the citizens of Houston and is key to restoring and maintaining the confidence of the public," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "Crystal's experience with the Harris County District Attorney's Office will be instrumental to improving police policies and building mutual trust with our diverse communities." As the first person to hold this position, Okorafor will investigate complaints and work closely with the Independent Police Oversight Board (IPOB).

Policing Report Flyer

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A Message from Deputy Inspector General Okorafor

Greetings Houstonians,

Our great city has shown incredible resilience and conviction as we faced unprecedented challenges. Over the last few years we have faced difficult personal challenges, but through those difficult times the Office of Policing Reform and Accountability (OPRA) has continued to make great strides towards improving police policies and rebuilding the trust between the community and Houston Police Department (HPD).

The murder of George Floyd in 2020 and rising inequality renewed difficult conversations in the city and around the country about race, diversity and inclusion. These conversations led to Mayor Turner convening the Mayor’s Task Force on Policing Reform and the creation of this office through an executive order in April of 2021. Some of the key recommendations accomplished included the creation of the City of Houston Police Transparency Hub website, 30-day release of HPD body-worn cameras, reforms to the Independent Police Oversight Board and crisis intervention programs.

The OPRA has worked with local leaders to achieve the goals of the community and this office. The Task Force gave a blueprint for the start of change. As we move forward into the years ahead, the OPRA will continue to foster new partnerships, build relationships, process data, and create policies for advancement of a better Houston.

Crystal Okorafor
Deputy Inspector General