Housing putting police off rural service, says deputy
SAN ANTONIO – Two months after Houston police took over the oversight of the city’s urban policing, officials are now turning their attention to how to protect its rural communities from crime.
“One of the big problems we’ve got in our rural areas is our own officers are not trained and trained to deal with the rural community,” said Deputy Chief Brian Conley, who is overseeing Houston’s first-ever urban police training, which begins nex바카라t month in the city’s downtown. “We need to make sure the officers are ready to get on scene to deal with the problem.”
As part of the city’s plan to improve urban policing, a small portion of its officers are to be trained in rural communities before they are deployed out of city duty, Conley said.
The training is scheduled to begin Nov. 1, but the City Council has the authority to remove officers from the urban department if the chief decides it will increase the risk of crime i우리카지노n those communities.
HPD said last week it would put a contract out with two consultants and hire a third. Two of the consultants and the city already have contracts with both sides.
HPD was considering asking for public input in choosing which firms it should hire but has not yet done so. The council will consider whether to accept the contract or allow the co더킹카지노nsultants to go forward in November.
Conley said the department is keeping its options open and that it is interested in any contractor it looks at, from private security firms such as G5 to government contractors such as the FBI or the State Department. The department also has other options.
One solution being considered by the department is creating separate units in the two regions where urban patrol is assigned, Conley said. But this is not an option for now because a separate department would cost $15 million, which includes everything from money for staffing and equipment to security personnel.
HPD also wants to create a single, citywide cyber crime unit for the urban and rural areas.
The department would like to have a separate unit for the rural areas as well, Conley said, but the Department of Homeland Security told the city last week that would be too expensive and that it doesn’t have the manpower to do such a job.
The agency will spend $50 million over the next two years to train its officers to deal with crime in the cities, Conley said.
Conley and city officials on Tuesday called on other cities and counties to follo