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Houston Police Department Reviews

Updated May 25, 2019

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Houston Police Department CEO Charles McClelland
Charles McClelland
10 Ratings
  1. "HPD OFFICER (10 yr)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Houston Police Department full-time

    Pros

    Movement to different divisions an option after only 2 years. Opportunities to Promote. Salary most competitive for local Houston area departments. Plentiful time off. (10+weeks yr incl holidays)

    Cons

    Heavy on the bars / stars.

    Houston Police Department2018-06-27
  2. "Sucky pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houston Police Department full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A variety of legal work

    Cons

    Glass ceiling if you’re not a police officer.

    Advice to Management

    Pay civilians fairly

    Houston Police Department2019-05-25
  3. "Use as stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Police Officer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Houston Police Department full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good PTO and personal hours, discounts

    Cons

    Current chief, work/life balance, understaffed

    Houston Police Department2019-03-01
  4. "Awesome"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Houston Police Department

      Pros

      Work is fulfilling and you make a difference

      Cons

      Danger of the job always there

      Houston Police Department2019-02-01
    • "PSO"

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      Former Employee - Senior Police Service Officer 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Houston Police Department full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Community discounts and time off

      Cons

      If you are a civilian you are treated unfairly

      Advice to Management

      Stop making civilians do police grade work for minimal pay

      Houston Police Department2018-09-22
    • "Detention officer"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Houston Police Department

        Pros

        Great instructors!! Great place to start if your looking for law Enforcement experience. Learn how to deal with difficult situations and make split second decisions.

        Cons

        Comp time you have to reach 240 hours before getting paid for overtime. Long hours boring shifts, staff have trouble with one anther.

        Advice to Management

        Have more opportunities other then detention officers positions. Have more peace officer certification academy’s

        Houston Police Department2018-04-19
      • "Officer"

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        Current Employee - Officer in Houston, TX
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook

        I have been working at Houston Police Department full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Pay is OK and work is somewhat enjoyable depending on your location

        Cons

        If your not buddy with someone don't expect to join a specialized division. If your white and wanting to promote your going to have a rough time lots of discrimination ..the test is a 2 part ..written and assesment..the assesment is in for loophole so they can promote more foreign officers...if your lgbq and foreign you will Excell fast!

        Houston Police Department2018-02-10
      • "Relived to be gone"

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        Former Employee - Police Officer 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Houston Police Department full-time

        Pros

        Decent pay and benefits package

        Cons

        Management is fixated on liability and does not value the lives or wellbeing of officers. Zero work life balance.

        Advice to Management

        Focus on morale instead of liability. Officers are the backbone of operations and need to feed valued.

        Houston Police Department2018-01-30
      • "Great Horizontal Mobility"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Houston Police Department full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Having the ability to transfer to different stations or investigative divisions (Horizontal Mobility).

        Cons

        Can be too bureaucratic at times.

        Houston Police Department2017-11-07
      • Helpful (1)

        "LE is Changing"

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        Former Employee - Police Officer in Houston, TX
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Houston Police Department full-time for more than 8 years

        Pros

        Salary is unmatched, amazing time off (6 weeks + every year), great sense of camaraderie, great union, good equipment.

        Cons

        Older supervisors in patrol who are lazy, a police chief who will not back you. The Chief will give you nice uniforms, and good equipment, but he won't back you if push comes to shove.

        Advice to Management

        Put the old head lazy supervisors in the property room or somewhere where they can not do any harm

        Houston Police Department2017-09-23
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