Houston Police Department

At A Glance

Total number of agency personnel: 6,354
Sworn: 5,161
Civilian: 1,193

Total population served:
2.3 million

Jurisdiction:
Houston, Texas

Contact:

Rebecca Skillern
Police Officer, Lead CIT Trainer
17000 Aldine Westfield Rd.
Houston, TX 77073
(832) 394-2348
rebecca.skillern@houstonpolice.org

Website:

Houston Police Department’s Mental Health Division

Program Highlights:

  • Multi-faceted strategy staffed by various personnel including crisis intervention-trained (CIT) patrol officers, co-responder units, a Homeless Outreach Team, a Boarding Homes Enforcement Detail, a Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative, a Crisis Call Diversion program, a Senior Justice Assessment Center, and trained dispatchers and call takers
  • Mental health training for all officers that includes:
    • 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for all cadets
    • 8-hour annual advanced CIT classes
    • State-mandated 8-hour CIT refresher for all officers with their Basic Peace Officer Certification
    • 40-hour Mental Health Peace Officer class for veteran officers
    • State-mandated 40-hour CIT class for Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced certification
    • State-mandated 8-hour De-escalation class for all cadets, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced state certifications
    • 24-hour Telecommunications Crisis Communications class for tele-communicators (e.g., dispatchers)