KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
April 2, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
Katy-area residents can get a better look at how local law enforcement serves the community. Harris County Precinct 5’s “Behind the Badge” new program will take participants behind the scenes to look at what deputies go through in training and patrol.
"Over my 37 years in law enforcement, I've come across many people who don't understand what it's like to wear a badge and patrol the streets of Harris County,” says Harris County Constable Ted Heap.
Constable Heap Launches New Program
This week, Constable Heap announced the new “Behind the Badge” program. The first session will run April 12-16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Precinct 5 headquarters, 17423 Katy Freeway.
This past year the national divide between communities and police has grown. This discord inspired Precinct 5 to create a program to better educate the public on what the police do.
“The ‘Behind the Badge’ program will help those in the general public get a look behind the scenes of what deputies go through, both in training and on patrol,” says Constable Heap.
Residents can find out what it takes to be a peace officer in today’s world by better understanding how they train to deal with real-life situations. Participants will test their judgement in some of the same tense scenarios that Precinct 5 deputies face every day.
The program will include both classroom and hands-on exercises. Topics such as patrol procedures, officer safety, and use of force will be covered. Instructors will also discuss some recent controversial cases involving police.
“I'm confident this will be an eye-opening experience for everyone who goes through it," says Constable Heap.
Register Today, Space Limited
Registration is open online. A criminal background check must be completed before acceptance. Enrollment size is limited due to COVID-19 and masks are required.
Stay connected with Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap’s Office on Facebook, Twitter: @HCpct5, and Instagram: Ted.Heap.Constable.