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METRO Installs New Police Chief
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 5:00 PM  

Victor Rodriguez at his swearing-in ceremonyA former captain in the Houston Police Department became METRO's new police chief today, ending a six-month search.

Victor Rodriguez was sworn in this afternoon as new chief of police at MPD's annual awards ceremony.

METRO President & CEO George Greanias said that not only do METRO police have to protect a major transit authority and perform traditional policing skills; they must also be customer-focused.

"It's a very difficult balancing act of judgment, cool heads, quick-thinking...it's a challenging job. It's a job you do extraordinarily well," said Greanias, speaking to the roomful of police officers.

Greanias joked that he had "stolen" Rodriguez from HPD, adding it was a "theft well thought-out."

"This is a man who is not only able to work with the rank-and-file police officers, this is a man who knows how to work with the community," said Greanias.

Rodriguez earned a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1996, along with a bachelor's degree in public management from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. He joined HPD in 1985, starting out as a police officer in the Southeast/Eastside Patrol Division. By 2009, he had become a captain in charge of the North Patrol Division.

His accomplishments at HPD include:

* Creation of a Warrant Executive Team that focuses on repeat and violent offenders.

* Refocus of Divisional Tactical Unit operations from a "hot spot approach" to a crime analysis approach, targeting crime trends and serial criminal activity.

* Initiation of a Frequent Pawner Program to quickly pinpoint prolific residential, commercial and motor vehicle burglars for immediate attention.

The new chief said he loved going to work every day at HPD - and he wanted that experience duplicated at METRO.

"One of my goals is to make sure you feel good about coming to work. I know I have the talent and ability and professionalism in this division to meet that challenge," said Rodriguez.

He said he plans to initiate accountability-based leadership, starting with holding himself accountable.

Click below to view a short excerpt of the swearing-in ceremony. Runs 36 seconds.

 

<a href="http://blogs.ridemetro.org/images/write_on/Swearinginnewpolicechief.wmv"><img src="http://blogs.ridemetro.org/images/write_on/Swearinginnewpolicechief.jpg" border = "0" width="560" height="280"></a><br /><a href = "http://blogs.ridemetro.org/images/write_on/Swearinginnewpolicechief.wmv">View Video</a><br />Format: wmv<br />Duration: :36

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