In 2015, when Constable Mark Herman took the reins of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, his annual budget was roughly $42 million. Since that time, he has grown the department’s infrastructure, which includes personnel, patrol vehicles and state-of-the-art safety equipment for his deputies.
Recently, the Harris County Commissioner’s court unanimously approved his 2019-2020 annual budget, which surpassed $55 million. In addition, Herman has introduced a department Facebook social media platform that has grown from 3,000 followers in 2015 to over 40,000 followers today. The constable’s office has thousands of Twitter followers and communicates through the Nextdoor program in hundreds of communities daily in Precinct 4, all to keep the citizens informed on the department’s crime-fighting efforts and to provide crime-prevention tips for citizens.
The constable’s office has over 500 sworn deputies and is the largest constable’s office in the U.S. The department consists of various divisions, which include patrol, dispatch, records, investigations, domestic violence, regulatory (game rooms and prostitution), human trafficking, emissions enforcement, special operations, K-9, civil and warrant divisions. All of these divisions are utilized daily in cooperation and coordination with each other to maintain and control crime throughout Precinct 4 with various police initiatives. The office manages and investigates thousands of criminal cases yearly and follows them through prosecution in the Harris County court systems.
In 2018, officers were dispatched by Precinct 4’s dispatch center to over 352,000 calls for police service. Patrol deputies drove over 5 million miles in communities that stretch a 522-square-mile radius from Hwy. 290 east to the Lake Houston and Humble areas. Precinct 4 deputies made 1,587 felony arrests and 3,540 misdemeanor arrests.
Herman’s team has earned a reputation that often keeps criminals throughout Precinct 4 on their toes. The office has multiple police initiatives every day to ensure criminals are apprehended and brought to justice quickly.
The department will be opening another police substation in communities near the Cypresswood and IH-45 area in approximately one month.