Retired police officers will soon be helping to alleviate HPD's manpower shortage:
The first retirees began training Monday at Houston’s downtown police headquarters.
“We look at the background of the particular retired officer—how long they’ve been retired, what their particular service record is and the like—and find a job suitable for that officer,” said Houston Mayor Bill White.
11 News obtained an internal memo from Chief Harold Hurtt informing Mayor White that, by August 2, 199 retired officers had applied for part-time jobs and that 190 of them were retired HPD officers.
Nine were retirees from other law enforcement agencies.
The retirees will not work on the street like full-time officers.
But city officials said the part-timers will free up police for more active duty.
Jerry Defoor is president, Houston Police Retired Officers Association, “It’s probably going to be a majority of those folks will be in investigations. That’s where there’s a tremendous amount of pressure on the department, because there’s not enough folks available to do the background of the cases that don’t have a lot of detail.”
Some officers still on the force privately said they don’t like this idea and think Houston just needs to hire more full time cops.
I'm curious to know what our HPD folks think of this new program.