Editor’s note: The Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office provides law enforcement coverage for the southern half Cypress, namely south of Highway 290, on down past Katy. The precinct headquarters is located on Interstate 10.
HOUSTON – Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap formally filed for a second term Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, and promised to build on his record of proactive public safety initiatives and outreach to every neighborhood he protects in west, northwest and southwest Harris County.
“When I took office on Jan. 1, 2017, I promised to work to professionalize Precinct 5, increase officer training and give the men and women of this department every tool they needed to serve the constituents and families we are charged with protecting,” said Heap, a Republican first elected in 2016. “I have kept those promises. Much has been accomplished, but there is more to do.”
Heap will be on the ballot during the March Primary and is looking forward to being the GOP nominee in November 2020.
“They say running in a presidential election cycle can be rough on an incumbent,” Heap said. “But I’m anxious for voters to hear about the improvements we have made in Precinct 5. This is not about politics. Sure, we have to run. But this job is about serving everyone with integrity, protecting everyone and making sure this department is innovative when reacting to the needs of a dynamic and diverse community.”
Heap is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement and has spent his entire career serving the people of Harris County and Precinct 5.
Since he took office as Precinct 5 Constable, his department has made more than 12,000 criminal arrests, seized $5.8 million in criminal assets, cleared close to 34,000 criminal warrants and handled more than 11,500 animal cases as part of a multi-agency initiative Heap started to fight animal cruelty and abandonment.
At the same time, Heap’s office has increased officer training standards, made parks and public spaces safer, forged strong partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and saved taxpayer money by streamlining departmental procedures and working hard to keep the best and the brightest at Precinct 5 by making law enforcement a more attractive career option.
“Programs to enhance the safety of seniors, women and families have also been a top priority,” said Heap, a husband, father and grandfather.
Among the popular outreach programs are Silver Watch – an initiative created to make sure seniors are safe and healthy. Precinct 5 also offers the nationally-acclaimed RAD curriculum, a self-defense program taught by women for women. There is also the popular Citizens Police Academy. These are only a few of more than 20 community-oriented programs initiated by Heap.
“I’m also constantly talking to all communities across our precinct looking for ways to better serve people who need help,” said Heap. “A big part of this job is listening, coming up with a solution and then jumping in to help.”
Constable Heap and his wife Jennifer of 36 years have two sons, a daughter-in- law and two grandchildren. They are actively involved in their church and Special Olympics Texas.
For more information about Heap, visit constabletedheap.com. You can also follow the Constable on Facebook.
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