Community / Media Relations

The Community and Media Relations Division was formally established in February of 2015 under the direction of then Chief Ted Heap.  It consolidated many community outreach and policing functions that already existed throughout the Department, as well as implemented numerous new programs and initiatives.

As one may assume from the name, the division is divided between two distinct functions, community relations, and media relations.

The focus of Community Relations is to develop and deliver community oriented programs to the public. They include topics that are age specific such as Hero Read and Stranger Danger for children, up to personal safety and fraud awareness for senior citizens. The division offers programs aimed at specific organizations as well, such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, schools, churches and businesses.

The division’s focus is not only education and awareness, but also on building and maintaining relationships between Precinct 5 and the community we serve. 

These programs are routinely held at our command station, civic centers located around Precinct 5, and locations set by the requestor. The division delivers these programs at homeowner's meetings and special events, as well, and if a request is made for a program Precinct 5 does not have, we will do our best to develop it.

McGruff is always a hit with the kids.
McGruff is always a hit with the kids.

 

DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS

Citizens Police Academy: Provides participants with a behind the badge view of law enforcement.

Teen Police Academy: Provides participants with a behind the badge view of law enforcement. (Conducted in Schools).

R.A.D. Women’s Self Defense: Rape / Aggression Defense. From awareness to avoidance and physical self-defense.

Children’s Programs:

Stranger Danger: Educates children on how to deal with strangers

Hero Read: Brings a deputy into the classroom to read a storybook to children.

Scouting: Assisting Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts with merit badges and various topics

McGruff the Crime Dog: Appearances made to groups and events.

Teen Programs:

Internet and Social Media Safety: Educates teens on the dangers presented by social media

Teen Mentoring: Placing one deputy with one teen, to meet with them for 1 hour a week.

Drug and Alcohol Awareness: In partnership with M.A.D.D. and Krysta’s Karing Angels (Conducted in Schools).

Life 101: Covering a wide range of topics aimed at decision making skills during adolescent years.

Adult Programs:

Internet and Social Media Awareness: Educating parents on the dangers presented to teens over the internet.

Home and Personal Safety: Practical measures that can be taken to improve both.

Fraud Awareness: How to detect and avoid scams and fraud.

Sr. Safety and Awareness: Specific safety and awareness tips for those 65 and over.

General Programs:

Neighborhood Crime Watch: Information to assist neighborhoods develop and maintain a crime watch program.

Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Response: Teaching civilian response to workplace violence and active shooter situations.

Holiday and Shopping Safety: Focused on safety issues during the holiday season.

Operation ID: Teaching residents the importance of marking their belongings.

Child ID: Helping parents plan for, protect against, and respond to a missing child.

Sgt. Roy Guinn teaching Traffic Stops to a Citizen's Police Academy class.
Sgt. Roy Guinn teaching Traffic Stops to a Citizen's Police Academy class.

The other side of the division is Media Relations. The department’s Public Information Officers are the link between Precinct 5 and the media, and they strive to provide as much information as possible when needed. All of the department’s social media outlets are maintained by the division and ensuring that it’s up to date with the most recent news and events is often an hour to hour task.

The division also coordinates all Precinct 5 efforts to support various charities, non-profits, and other organizations.supports the department itself with initiatives such as the awards program, which recognizes deputies and employees for outstanding achievement, or organizing departmental functions and events.

To learn more see the program descriptions below, or contact the Community Relations Division.

Tow of our certified R.A.D. instructors suited up as aggressors.
Tow of our certified R.A.D. instructors suited up as aggressors.

Without some of the partnerships forged with groups outside of our department, the Community Relations Division would not have been able to accomplish some of the things they have. Precinct 5 would like to say a special thank you to:

Second Baptist Church West Campus
Boyert Shooting Centers
Krysta’s Karing Angels
M.A.D.D.
Special Olympics of Texas
Texas Children’s Hospital
Spring Branch I.S.D. Guthrie Center

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