Get ready for Police Week in May

As usual, the Houston Police Department will observe a full slate of activities during this year’s Police Week beginning on Friday, May 8.

The week is designed to increase the public’s awareness of the role of officers and to honor those who have given their lives so that citizens can live in safety and peace.

 The primary highlights of the week are the traditional ceremony at the Police Memorial on Memorial Drive at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8 and the eighth annual HPD Awards Ceremony at noon Monday, May 11 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Downtown Hyatt Regency. Eighty-four finalists will be in line for 27 awards.

 May 13 also was designated the Day of Prayer for Police Week conducted at 1200 Travis by a group of local pastors.

Tours of the HPD Police Academy will be conducted throughout the week from 9:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. Displays and demonstrations will be conducted by the K-9, Motorcycle, Robot, Bomb Squad, Dive Team, Helicopter, Mounted Patrol, SWAT and Police Pursuit Driving units or divisions.

 Tours are scheduled via e-mail ( and must include the approximate number of attendees, grade(s), contact person, and school district information. Your group may bring sack lunches and picnic at our facility after the tours have concluded. The tours are scheduled on a first come first serve basis so please schedule your tour as soon as possible.