HPD Goes High Tech

On September 2, 1980, HPD implemented a new computerized application known as the “On-Line Offense (OLO) Report System.” The OLO System was considered the most extensive offense information-handling system available.

HPD Academy

In 1981, the new HPD academy opened its doors at 17000 Aldine-Westfield Road. This state-of-the-art facility had the capacity to simultaneously train three cadet classes of 70.

Houston Police Museum

The Houston Police Museum opened its doors to the public on May 10, 1982.

HPD Advancements and Accomplishments

Lee P. Brown became not only the first African American to be appointed chief of police, but also the first chief of police to hold a doctoral degree. He worked to bring neighborhoods and police officers together.

Chief Brown began “neighborhood-oriented policing” as an interactive process between police officers and citizens. Under Chief Brown, the department made several transformations, advances and accomplishments including:

  • HPD mandated 40 hours of in-service training annually for officers. (1983)
  • The Positive Interaction Program (PIP) was established to involve citizens in fighting crime by establishing committees in selected areas. (1983)
  • There were 3,464 officers of whom 266 were female. (1983)
  • HPD planned to re-institute a mounted patrol downtown. (1984)
  • The Park Police were transferred to the Houston Police Department. (1984)
  • Under state law, drug testing began for police applicants. (1985)
  • The first command station (Westside) was opened. (1987)
  • The FBI reported that the past year was the first since 1977 that Houston had only 339 homicides. (1988)
  • A new city ordinance required 60 college hours for entrance into the Police Academy. (1989)

Under the leadership of Chief Brown, HPD became the 78th department in the nation, and the largest, to win accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The accreditation was awarded in 1988 after several members of the commission conducted a public hearing and reviewed department policies, procedures, training and equipment.