|Effective, Friday, April 1, 2011, the Houston Police Department’s Robbery Division will assign a squad of one sergeant and two police officer investigators to physically report to and work out of the Midwest Division, located at 7277 Regency Square Blvd. This squad of Robbery Investigators will have the sole responsibility of working Robberies that occur within 18 District (Midwest Division). Currently, 18 District Robbery cases are worked by a squad of investigators that report to and work out of the HPD Headquarters Building, located at 1200 Travis, downtown.|
When asked why the Robbery Division was making this change, Captain Mark Holloway of the Robbery Division stated that this decision was the result of the Robbery Division looking at internal efficiencies and deciding to reallocate current personnel in a more effective manner while simultaneously trying to maximize communication between Robbery Division Investigators, Patrol Officers, Investigative First Responder (IFR) Officers, as well as the residents and business owners within 18 District. He also wanted to point out that the squad members being assigned to Midwest are experienced Robbery Investigators that were looking forward to working 18 District cases out of the Midwest Division facility.
Captain Holloway continued by stating: “Police work is not unlike any other business that wants to be successful; good working relationships must be established with those in related business fields that directly or indirectly affect what your business does or your business will not be as successful as it could be. Uniformed Patrol Officers out there on the streets know the community better than anyone in law enforcement. By physically moving Robbery Division Investigators into the Midwest Division facility; street officers and others will be able to develop a strong face to face working relationship with our Robbery Investigators. Additionally, residents and business owners that are witnesses or victims of a Robbery, if needed, will be able to meet face to face with their Robbery Investigator at the Midwest Division instead of having to drive downtown.”