HISD Names New Police Chief
The new Chief of the Houston Independent School District Police Department is a familiar name in local law enforcement. Jimmie L. Dotson served in the Houston Police Department from 1974 to 1997, working his way up to Executive Assistant Chief of Police. He replaces Charles Wiley, who is now Galveston’s Police Chief.
He became chief of the police department in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1997. He returned home to the Houston area in 2004 and served as a consultant on law enforcement issues, including the development of a comprehensive law enforcement management plan for The Woodlands.
Dotson takes the helm of the HISD Police Department on Feb. 2. HISD Superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavedra said, “Chief Dotson brings a wealth of law enforcement experience to the district and is already well known and respected by the local law enforcement community. That is extremely important in building upon the relationships and partnerships we have with area law enforcement agencies.”
“I am eager to begin this new chapter in my career,” said Dotson. “From a policing perspective, there may be no better way to impact the future of Houston than to lead the agency responsible for the security of our schools. By providing a safe and secure learning environment we enhance the opportunities for our children to succeed.”
The HISD Police Department is the only nationally accredited school district police department in the country. It is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.