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Public Safety

The three county area that comprises KISD is served by six (6) law enforcement agencies. They are the City of Katy Police Department, Department of Public Safety, Fort Bend County Sheriff, Harris County Sheriff, KISD Police Department and Precinct 5 Constables.

The City of Katy Police Department was established in 1967. Today, the department consists of 43 officers, 15 civilian employees and 3 K-9 partners. The department offers community crime prevention, vacation watch, annual Safety Town, bicycle safety and provides a storefront in the Katy Mills.

Katy Independent School District's Police Department serves to ensure sufficient security and protection of the students, staff, and property of the District. The School Board authorized the formation of the KISD Police Department on January 10, 1989 with five officers. Today, 27 officers and seven support personnel serve in the KISD Police Department.

The jurisdiction of Katy ISD peace officers is all territory within the geographical boundaries of the District and all property, real and personal, outside the geographical boundaries of the District that is owned, leased, or rented by or otherwise under the District's control. The Katy ISD Police Department limits its action to incidents that are clearly school related. As Texas peace officers, they only involve themselves in non-Katy ISD incidents that are life threatening, or considered felony offenses.

Founded in 1837, the Harris County Sheriff's Department is among the oldest law enforcement agencies in Texas. The Department has grown from a single man on horseback to an agency of 3,500 men and women, providing law enforcement services for a county of 3 million people. The sheriff's office serves all of KISD that is within the Harris County boundaries with about 180 deputies assigned to serve this area.

Working hand in hand with the community to keep the crime level down, the Sheriff's department offers proactive programs such as the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program. RAD Kids, a defense program geared to children ages 5-10, Kids Orientation to Police Services (KOPS) for children ages 8-11, Citizens Patrol Academy, Burglary Apprehension Response Squad (BARS), and the Sheriff's Interactive Group.

The Precinct Five Constables serves subdivisions and home-owner associations within the city limits of Houston as well as the unincorporated areas of Harris County. Constables are certified police officers as well as Harris County deputies. Their objectives are crime prevention and immediate police services to citizens in need. There are 150 constables serving the KISD area.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's finds pride in the fact that Fort Bend County is one of the safest counties in the State of Texas. They serve approximately 830 square miles and employ 426 persons. In the Katy area, the Sheriff's department provides two - three patrols units at a time. In addition, they have contracts with the Cinco Ranch and Grand Lakes subdivisions for additional patrol units 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff also provides extra security with Motorcyle deputies. The department has developed an Impact Team made up of four officers assigned to specific areas. The Impact Team takes a proactive approach to law enforcement rather than a reactive approach in addressing the safety and security of Fort Bend County residents.

When the Texas Department of Public Safety was created in 1935, the Legislature made the new agency responsible for maintaining public safety in the state of Texas. The Department works toward this goal within existing regulations and in cooperation with other agencies with mutual or related responsibilities. The DPS seeks to preserve order by protecting lives, rights, property and privileges of the residents of this state.

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