Aldine ISD Police Department Expands; Looks to Build Bridges in the Community

Since taking the helm in April 2020, Police Chief Paul Córdova has been reshaping the Aldine ISD Police Department and creating initiatives to better serve the schools and communities in the school district.

The team has a new Emergency Manager, Mr. Michael Williams. He is transferring from the Safe and Secure Schools Office. Williams is bringing the camera technicians and the crossing guards with him.

Soon, the team will add the following new positions:

– Police Captain to oversee the Support Services branch of the department.

– Dispatch Supervisor to oversee the 24/ 7 Dispatch Center.

– Community Outreach Officer to lead in building bridges between the police department and the community it serves.

– Departmental Training Officer to oversee continuing education for the officers, including such critical training classes as de-escalation, implicit bias, active shooter, and defensive tactics.

– Additional K9 Officer with an additional K9 Partner.

The AISDPD had long positioned school-based officers in the high schools. It’s a role that’s more about mentoring students, Córdova said.

“It’s about getting to know the students. More times than not, they are carrying over things that go on at their homes. As students build relationships with the officers, the students will open up about what’s impacting them,” he said. “It’s more of a parental role or mentor role if you will, and it’s very rewarding to all of us.”

Aldine ISD Police Chief Paul Cordova, Canine unit, and AISD Superintendent LaTonya Goffney. Chief Cordova is planning on adding a second K9 unit to the AISD force.