Finner sworn in as Houston’s next police chief

HOUSTON – Troy Finner has been sworn in as Houston’s next Chief of Police.

Finner is a native of Houston and grew up in the Fifth Ward. He attended James Madison High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree from the University of Houston. He has served with the Houston Police Department since 1990.

“I am confident, he is the right person at the right time to lead the Houston Police Department,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner during Finner’s swearing-in ceremony held Monday at Houston City Hall.

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After taking the oath and having his badge pinned on this lapel by his son, Finner said he is proud to lead the 5,300 officers of HPD.

“I’m not taking this role by myself,” Finner said. “I have a great team -- our executive staff, our command staff, every man and woman of this Police Department.”

Finner takes over the department at a time when violent crimes, specifically homicides, have been skyrocketing. Last week, a KPRC 2 Investigates count showed this year’s homicide rate was 44% higher than last year’s already significant rise.

“We’ve got some tough roads ahead of us, and everybody knows it, but we’re going to bring it together,” Finner said. “Houston can’t function without Harris County. Harris County can’t function without Houston. That’s all I’m going to say about that today. It’s time to go to work. It’s time to get everybody in this fight.”

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