Houston North Criminal Justice Students Visit Houston PD

Contributed by Scott Lovel, Criminal Justice Instructor

L to R: Lashondrick Fields, Ashley Castillo, Jessica Martinez, McGruff the Crime-Fighting Dog, Treshon Bowie-Burke, Ramona Franklin, and Denise Chau.

L to R: Lashondrick Fields, Ashley Castillo, Jessica Martinez, McGruff the Crime-Fighting Dog, Treshon Bowie-Burke, Ramona Franklin, and Denise Chau.

On Monday, May 12, 2014, about 50 students in the Criminal Justice degree program at our Houston North Campus took part in an activity-filled, enlightening, and informative field trip to the Houston Police Department (HPD) Academy.

L to R: Yahaiva Garcia, Alvena Bogany, Ericka Hernandez, and Maria Lopez. Inside the helicopter: Maria Martinez.

L to R: Yahaiva Garcia, Alvena Bogany, Ericka Hernandez, and Maria Lopez. Inside the helicopter: Maria Martinez.

During their visit, our students observed demonstrations from the HPD’s K-9 Unit, Helicopter Unit, Bomb Squad, Marine Unit, Mounted Patrol Unit, Special Response Unit, Auto Theft Unit, and SWAT Team.

They also witnessed a simulated police pursuit with three police vehicles chasing a vehicle that was firing simulated bullets at them.

Houston PD SWAT vehicle

Houston PD SWAT vehicle

Our students were also able to observe community policing firsthand as McGruff, the crime-fighting dog, spoke to a large audience of school-aged children during our students’ visit.

Houston Police Department Helicopter

Houston Police Department Helicopter

Criminal Justice Instructor Scott Lovel said, “The HPD officers were very informative and answered every question our students asked in a polite and detailed way. Our students were intrigued by what they observed, and many of them inquired about the HPD’s hiring procedures. Overall, it was a very pleasant and beneficial experience for everyone in attendance.”(1)

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