This Week in Houston’s Buzz: African American Faith Leaders Breakfast with Texas U.S. Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke and More!

Houston I.S.D. Police Department Celebrates Swearing-In of New Chiefs & Officers

  Houston I.S.D. Police Department Group Photo of Program Participants

On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, the Crime Stoppers Division of the Houston I.S.D. Police Department, located at 3001 Main St. Houston, TX, celebrated the public swearing in of its new police chief, assistant police chief, as well as new captains and a new sergeant. With over 200 officers currently on the police force, the department is divided into 11 different areas: Accreditation and Special Projects, Business Operations Division, Campus Officers, Communications Unit, Crime Analysis, Gang Division, Juvenile Processing Center, Investigation Division, K-9 Unit, Office of the Chiefs, and Patrol Division.

Houston I.S.D.’s Police Department is the only public school district police department in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Houston I.S.D.’s Board of Education President, Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Houston I.S.D.’s Interim Superintendent, Grenita Lathan, Houston I.S.D.’s Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby, Houston I.S.D.’s Chief of Police, Paul Cordova, gave brief remarks at the swearing-in ceremony. Houston I.S.D. leadership reiterated the importance of safety in our schools. Also present was Robert Barbosa, Richard Morris, and Artina Walker, Houston I.S.D. Police Sgt. Eric Grant, Houston I.S.D. Police Officer Brenson York, Crime Stoppers Director of Safe Schools Michelle Sacks, Harris County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Donald Savell, and the Northside High School JROTC. Various dignitaries and community members were also in attendance for this auspicious occasion.

                                                          Program Attendees


Children’s Museum of Houston Offers Free Back-To-School Vaccinations

                        Children pose at the Children’s Museum of Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston is offering free back to school vaccinations every Thursday which is free family night in the month of August 2018. The vaccinations are limited to the first 150 children and are being administered by the Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program. Texas Children’s Hospital is committed to creating a community of healthy children. All required school vaccines will be provided except for the TB Test or flu shot. There is no need to pre-register for this event. Then after your immunizations, you’re invited to channel your inner super-hero and check out their “Super-Powered Summer!” For more information, visit the Children’s Museum of Houston’s website at or call (713) 522-1138.

                      Children pose at the Children’s Museum of Houston


African American Faith Leaders Breakfast with Texas U.S. Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke

Dr. John Stanford, Texas State Rep. Ron Reynolds, John Norman, Sandra Norman, Lee Pringle and Pamela Nolley

The African American Faith Leaders Breakfast was recently held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on August 24, 2018. It was great to see so many pastors and community leaders take an interest in Houston’s future. The breakfast included a very informative and productive discussion by U.S. Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke informed Texas voters on how he can serve all Texans in the U.S. Senate. For more information on Beto O’Rourke’s campaign you can visit his campaign website at Election date is November 6, 2018.

Houston City Council Member District D Dwight Boykins, Mrs. Amy Sanders O’Rourke, Texas U.S. Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke, Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff and Tyrone Willis

                                        Dr. Myron Cloyd and Jackson Cloyd

Houston City Council Member District D Dwight Boykins and Damion Jones