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

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 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 with Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced state certifications
    • 24-hour Telecommunications Crisis Communications class for telecommunicators (e.g., dispatchers)

Website: Houston Police Department’s Mental Health Division

Shepherds in Blue


Sergeant Rebecca Skillern
HPD Academy
17000 Aldine Westfield Road
Houston, Texas 77073
(832) 394-2348
[email protected]


Ann MacLeod, LPC-S, NCC
Director of Crisis Services
Field Based Programs/Law Enforcement Collaborations
The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
150 N. Chenevert St.
Houston, Texas  77002
(832) 394-4245
[email protected]