Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo: The biggest events of his career with HPD

HOUSTON – Art Acevedo was sworn into office as Houston Police Chief on November 30, 2016. He was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner. He is the first Hispanic chief to lead HPD.

During his time in office, Houston has seen more than a few highs and lows. Here are some of the most memorable events the city has experienced during Acevedo’s tenure.

Hurricane Harvey

The historic storm hit the Houston area from Aug. 17, 2017 through Sept. 2, 2017. Acevedo was at the center of the storm response, dispatching officers to help Houstonians who were trapped in their homes. Houston police lost an officer – Sgt. Steve Albert Perez -- who drowned in the response.

In the years after the storm, Houston response efforts ramped up with the purchase of more rescue boats and other high-profile vehicles.

Harding Street raid

The Jan. 28, 2019, police operation called a drug raid resulted in the deaths of homeowners Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, and their dog.

Five officers were injured in the raid.


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