The fashion cops were in full force as HPD officers went to the runway to raise money for local youth programs.
HOUSTON – We often see our Houston police officers in uniform, but on Sunday night, they changed it to some high fashion and for good reason.
Mayor Sylvester Turner and Great Day Deborah Duncan attended as officials headed down the runway at HPD fashion show.
The event is now in its second year. The show was held at POST Houston in downtown Houston and has benefited and supported many HPD youth programs.
HPD officials display designer clothes in front of a crowded house. All seats were sold out about five hours before the show began.
Treva Mott has been with HPD for 15 years and organized the show, which was a great opportunity for the community to see the defenders and serve under different lights.
“We want people to see us as human beings like everyone else. We can be brutal, we can be unique and at the same time we can do our job as police officers,” Mott said.
HPD Chief Troy Finner took the lead and served as one of many HPD models.
“The best thing about this show … a lot of community members here and most of them don’t realize when they’re wearing regular clothes that they’re police officers,” Finner said.
The money raised from the fashion show will go to HPD youth programs. It’s a connection that has a strong impact on the community.
“They need to know that we are not against you. We are here to help you and you build relationships as early as you can and you will keep them going. That’s what builds good relationships and good towns, ”Finner said.
While formal and street dresses are a hit, nothing beats seeing models wearing their HPD uniforms.
“We are human. People who love our town, who serve our town, ”Finner said.
- HPD Explorers: An initiative that educates our city’s youth about law enforcement.
- HPD Youth Police Advisory Council (YPAC): A program that provides a way for young people to advise the Chief of Police.
- Greater Houston Police Activities League (GHPAL): The league enhances the future of our city through competitive games.
- HPD & Houston My Brother’s Keeper: A program aimed at strengthening the relationship between police and young people of color.
- Teen and Police Service Academy (TAPS): Improves the education of Houston’s youth by empowering the curriculum taught in police area schools.
- HPD with the Boys and Girls Club: A partnership to train future leaders in our city.
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