There are three bureaus within the Katy ISD Police Department, including police support services, police operations, and safety compliance. There are two or more divisions within each bureau.
Support Services Bureau
The support services bureau is commanded by Captain Kevin L. Tabor and the divisions include communications, logistics, community services, criminal investigation, campus security guards, and truancy. The support services bureau commander oversees ten licensed peace officers, seven licensed telecommunicators, 45 security guards, and 2 civilian employees.
The Support Services Bureau handles all requests, coordination, planning, and operations of all extracurricular activities and large event security occurring on Katy ISD facilities.
The communication division operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The telecommunicators receive and dispatch calls for service and monitor intrusion, fire alarms and security camera systems for all facilities within Katy ISD.
The logistics division is responsible for the requisition, maintenance and care of all department issued equipment and supplies as well as the safe and secure storage and processing of all evidence maintained in the Katy ISD Police Department property room.
The community services division handles all requests for police assistance with community events, speaking engagements, large event security planning and operation, as well as all social media for the department. The community services division facilitates the Santa Cops program which provides disadvantaged children with clothes and toys during the Christmas season. Last Christmas, the generosity of Katy ISD staff and students made it possible for approximately 490 Katy ISD elementary students and their younger siblings to have a Merry Christmas. This amounted to approximately forty nine thousand privately donated dollars.
The criminal investigation division includes a Corporal and 4 detectives. These officers are responsible for collecting evidence and investigating major crimes, and presenting the finding to the appropriate district attorney for prosecution. Detectives are also assigned to the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force as well as the Harris County Multi-Agency Gang Task Force. The detectives also assist the Human Resources Department with investigating cases of employee misconduct.
The truancy division in conjunction with the campuses works to assist students who have been identified as having school attendance problems by working with their families to eliminate barriers that result in truancy issues, residence verification, and to file complaints on behalf of the District in civil and criminal court in compliance with state truancy laws.
The security guard division is comprised of 45 state licensed security guards assigned to the secondary campuses.
The operations bureau is commanded by Captain Ivan Nelson and includes the police patrol division and drug interdiction division. The operations commander oversees approximately 40 licensed peace officers.
The patrol division provides uniformed police officers who patrol the district, campuses, and support facilities 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The officers patrol tactics include utilizing foot, bicycles, and motor vehicle. Bicycles are used to patrol large instructional complexes, Rhodes Stadium parking lots, and the educational support complex. Motor vehicles are used to patrol all roads, streets and highways within the geographical boundaries of Katy ISD. Campus officers who are assigned to the high schools patrol by providing walking roving patrols inside and outside of the campus facility. All officers are responsible for emergency response, criminal investigations, drug interdiction, evidence collection, criminal apprehension, and transportation code enforcement.
The drug interdiction division includes two canine teams trained to detect marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, and the derivatives of each. The canine teams may be used to inspect any unoccupied classroom, locker, and vehicle. All staff and student areas are subject to inspections.
The safety bureau is commanded by the Emergency Management Coordinator John Bremer. The divisions within the bureau include safety, code compliance, and emergency management.
The safety division is responsible for developing, implementing, and promoting the Katy ISD comprehensive safety program. The safety program was developed and continually reviewed by the school safety task force. The task force includes the safety liaison from each campus and department. The division also works with many other first responder agencies throughout the district. General responsibilities include workplace and classroom safety programs, large event safety, mobility safety, and progressive response to violence training and procedures.
Response to school violence continues to evolve as each incident is analyzed. Until very recently, the protocol was to lockdown. Katy ISD continues to use lockdown; however, an improved model is being used that gives staff implicit responsibility to take action to protect themselves and those for whom they are responsible. The model is known as Run, Hide, Fight. The concept is described in a video produced by the City of Houston as a tool to help survive violence. The video can be viewed at the following website link: http://www.readyhoustontx.gov/runhidefightenglish.html
The code compliance division ensures the District is in compliance with applicable state statutes and local codes pertaining to life safety, public health, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The division works with the individual schools on life safety, playground safety, traffic safety, and security assessments in and around the many Katy ISD facilities.
The emergency management division developed and maintains a multi-hazards emergency operations plan that includes mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery procedures relevant to natural and human-caused disasters. The emergency operations plan provides general guidance for emergency management activities and applies to all District officials, staff, and students. It describes how the District responds to emergencies and assigns responsibilities for various tasks. It empowers employees in an emergency and clarifies emergency roles and responsibilities, describing who does what, when and how. The emergency operations plan is a living document that is continually reviewed, tested, and updated through various feedback loops, including scheduled and unscheduled drills designed to test the plan's effectiveness. These drills include, but are not limited to fire, intruder, and severe weather.
The training division is commanded by Deputy Chief Keith Meier. The training division is a leader in the development and delivery of innovative training programs that enhance school safety and security; as well as, providing law enforcement related training to Katy ISD police officers, service personnel, and law enforcement officers from other agencies. The training, provided through an agreement with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, saves the District money by utilizing the department's own certified instructors.