We recently created the Neighborhood Policing Division to strengthen our agency’s commitment to enhancing relationships across our county and to build on our longtime philosophy of engaging those we serve in the safety of our communities.
The various units that makeup our newest division are community-focused with the goal of addressing quality of life challenges and behavioral health-related issues through problem-oriented policing methods, meaningful partnerships, and proven training.
“Collaboration is central to the way we lead,” said Capt. Shelton, who oversees the newly established Neighborhood Policing Division. “It’s seen in our mental health programs and behavioral health training that have become models in policing across the state and nation. It’s seen in our community outreach efforts that empower our most vulnerable neighbors with the tools, skills, and support to help them overcome barriers to success.”
Capt. Shelton added, “We have been working hard to gain insight into the unique needs of each neighborhood and to keep building trust. Our work must be an extension of our core values and improve our response to our community’s public safety needs.”
The Neighborhood Policing Division will host its first virtual public safety forum on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m., introducing the division’s mission, leaders, and units.
We invite Harris County residents to join their neighbors for this meaningful discussion on important updates and upcoming events. You will learn about new boarding home regulations from our Boarding Home Detail and a special guest from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.
You will also hear about neighborhood contracts and a training program called Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement that promotes an agency-wide culture that prevents misconduct, reduces mistakes, and enhances deputy health and wellness.
Public safety forums are part of our ongoing efforts to keep you informed. They are also an opportunity for you to ask questions and share any concerns with deputies patrolling your block and leading these initiatives.
We know that a strong neighborhood depends on strong relationships. And we recognize the invaluable impact you have on the safety of our neighborhoods and Harris County’s future.
A safe and compassionate community requires constant attention, care, and collaboration. Thank you for your partnership and for joining us on this journey.