Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo named HPD police chief

- Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo will assume the position of Houston Police Chief, pending city council confirmation. Acevedo has been an outspoken opponent to police brutality. 

Police Chief Art Acevedo’s decade at the helm of the city’s largest municipal department is nearing an end now that sources confirm he has accepted a new job as Houston’s Police Chief.

Since Acevedo took over the reins of the Austin Police Department in 2007, he has been active about being the public face of the role. Acevedo often lent a hand and APD’s name to various charity groups and non-profits. He is also known for not being afraid to get his hands dirty in the field, making arrests on occasion.

Politically, he has been an outspoken critic of policies to deport people in the US illegally and testified against a Texas law allowing guns to be carried on college campuses.

Just this year, Acevedo announced the closure of the city police crime lab after it became known workers were using dated investigative techniques, throwing into question the integrity of some cases.

Acevedo also caught resistance after controversial arrests his officers made like one this year involving a woman thrown to the ground. He was also under scrutiny from the union about his leadership style.


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