Victor Rodriguez: Metro's New Police Chief Is an HPD Cop

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Metro's police force has a new leader.
Metro's new police chief is a Hispanic veteran HPD cop with a law degree.

HPD Captain Victor Rodriguez replaces Tom Lambert, who has taken another role in the agency, after a somewhat lengthy search.

My goal and desire is to make METRO's police department the premiere transit law enforcement agency in the country," said Rodriguez. "I want to make it more responsive to the community. I want people to feel as safe and secure on our buses and trains as they do riding in their own cars."

The Metro force has about 220 personnel.

Rodriguez, who's been with HPD since 1985, now oversees the North Division.

Metro listed the following innovations he brought to the Houston force:

Creation of a Warrant Execution Team that focuses on repeat and violent offenders

Refocus of Divisional Tactical Unit operations to target crime trends and serial criminal activity

Greater emphasis on the Differential Response Team efforts to closely work with the community to identify and solve crime problems

He earned a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1996 and a bachelor's degree in public management from the University of Houston Clear Lake. He starts on the job later this month.

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6 comments
Straightforward
Straightforward

Looks like another political agenda. They made sure to mention that he's hispanic! If only it wasn't about politics..

Iceman0999
Iceman0999

Now Chief first rid yourself of the Asst. Chief, Captains and a few LT's good times for all! DONT TRUST EM, LIKE CHUCK D SAID "YOU MUST SHUT'EM DOWN!

Kagan312
Kagan312

"My goal and desire is to make METRO's police department the premiere transit law enforcement agency in the country," said Rodriguez. "I want to make it more responsive to the community. I want people to feel as safe and secure on our buses and trains as they do riding in their own cars."

I always believed that Mayor Lee Brown could never be under-eclipsed with the inspiration factor.

I now admit my wrongness.

I salute the nation's premiere transit law enforcement agency, forthwith!

DAX
DAX

Houston PD's loss is a tremendous gain for Metro PD. Captain VRod is one of the most respected leaders in department. He will be sorely missed.

Aaron Christopher
Aaron Christopher

Capt. Rodriquez is one of the greatest leaders that I have worked for during my 18 working as civilian within the Houston Police Department. Metro Police has chosen a great leader with the ability to truely influence better communication throughout their ranks. Metro Police can expect great understanding leadership from a leader whom actually cares for the people and the mission!

Manxlucky
Manxlucky

But has he released the "long form'?

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