HPD had 516 ‘visiting patrol officers’ Lending a hand during Harvey aftermath

Tom Kennedy

Members of the blue family showed up from far and wide in the wake of the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey. The HPD record showed 516 officers from 28 outside law enforcement agencies came to Houston to help out on patrol beats.
Capt. Bryan Bennett of the Auto Theft Division said these numbers are conservative since they don’t include an unofficial number of officers brought in and supervised by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“The problem is it’s unknown who actually came in from DPS,” Bennett said. “The number would include other police departments from all over the state.”

Bennett was in charged with coordinating the outside officers and making sure they were assigned to beats all over the city.

He said each police agency who sent its patrol officers should be extended a giant THANK YOU.

DPS actually supplied Houston with 121 troopers, most of whom were assigned to help evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

At the top of the list of police departments is Fort Worth PD, which sent a total of 97 officers. The Cowtown force was followed by Austin PD with 44, El Paso PD with 36, San Antonio PD with 30 and Arlington PD with 22. Arlington should go up in the score-keeping total, having sent another 19.

Other departments and the number of officers who helped HPD are

  • Abilene 6
  • Williamson County SO 8
  • Flower Mound 2
  • Garland 14
  • Grand Prairie 13
  • Taylor County SO (Abilene) 4
  • Lubbock 10
  • Travis County Precinct 2 (Constable) 6
  • Pflugerville 12
  • Crockett County SO 4
  • Round Rock/Liberty Hill 6
  • Cedar Park 5
  • Allen 8
  • El Paso SO 9
  • Grapevine 4
  • Plano 14
  • Smith County SO 6
  • North Richland Hills 4
  • Richardson 2
  • Bexar County SO 10