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February Monthly Luncheon - Crisis Communication, Media Relations and Law Enforcement

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This presentation will explore the Sheriff office's crisis communications efforts and lessons learned during 2013 events such as the Lone Star College shooting, the Spring High School stabbing and the Cypress house party shooting and how they balanced public safety with the dissemination of timely information to the public via the media.

Speaker Adrian Garcia, Harris County Sheriff
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia heads the largest sheriff’s office in Texas and the third-largest in the United States. Sheriff Garcia is a native Houstonian and a lifelong resident of Houston’s “Near Northside”. The youngest of six children, he grew up instilled with the firm values taught by his mother ...

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia heads the largest sheriff’s office in Texas and the third-largest in the United States.


Sheriff Garcia is a native Houstonian and a lifelong resident of Houston’s “Near Northside”. The youngest of six children, he grew up instilled with the firm values taught by his mother Maria and late father Ignacio. Those values were to work hard, work honestly and help others. It was through these guiding principles that Sheriff Garcia chose public service as a profession and became an officer with the Houston Police Department in 1980.


As a peace officer, Sheriff Garcia has seen first hand the devastating effects that crime and violence have in the communities of the City of Houston and Harris County. During his 23-year career with the Houston Police Department he patrolled neighborhoods, investigated violent crimes, developed community-policing initiatives and worked to strengthen the relationship between residents and law enforcement. In 1994, Houston Mayor Bob Lanier appointed Garcia as the Houston Police Department’s Liaison to the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office. In 1999, Mayor Lee P. Brown promoted him to Director.


In 2004, Sheriff Garcia was elected to the Houston City Council and served as a member of several council committees including as Chair of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. In 2007, he was appointed to serve as the Mayor Pro-Tempore by Mayor Bill White.


In his second term as Sheriff, Adrian Garcia has solidified his return to his law enforcement roots and is committed to continue providing the leadership necessary to maintain the public’s confidence and trust in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He is determined to provide the direction and resources necessary to bring the dedicated men and women of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office into the 21st century. Sheriff Garcia is accomplishing these goals based on the fundamental principles that have guided his career and his life: hard work, honesty and public service. He credits his wife Monica, his daughter Nina, his parents and other family members for providing him the inspiration to serve.

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Organizer Hannah Pietsch, Programs Chair

When?

Wed, Feb. 5, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago

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Where?

Houston Racquet Club
10709 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024