Harker Heights Police Department
402 Indian Trail | Harker Heights, TX 76548 | (254) 953-5400
Chief Phil Gadd
The Harker Heights, Texas Police Department is proud to serve a dynamic and growing community of over 32,000 residents in Central Texas. We are located in Bell County immediately adjacent to Fort Hood, the largest military installation in the free world. This huge Fort is home to the mighty 4th Infantry and 1st Cavalry Divisions which have both played keys roles in American military history. Community values, patriotic sentiment and military culture run deep as a majority of our citizens have direct ties to the United States Army and Fort Hood.
Our city is part of a greater metropolitan area of approximately 200,000 people and is characterized by outstanding schools, a rapidly growing commercial area and some of the most desirable residential neighborhoods in the area. The City of Harker Heights first incorporated in 1964. What at first was a few residences and a bar district has grown into the vital city that draws many to choose to live, work and shop here.
As police officers, we recognise, everything we do, every single day, impacts people's lives. The unique policing environment present in Harker Heights has developed a team of outstanding professionals who are capable of dealing with the most difficult policing problems. It is in concert through our partnership with our community, we will perform our sworn duties ethically, while maintaining respect for individual rights, human dignity, cultural diversity and community values.
“Recognized Law Enforcement Agency”
On December 7, 2012, the Harker Heights Police Department received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program. The Recognition Program evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with over 160 Best Business Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices were carefully developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service and the protection of individual’s rights. These Best Practices cover all aspects of law enforcement operations including use of force, protection of citizen rights, vehicle pursuits, property and evidence management, and patrol and investigative operations.
This voluntary process required the Police Department to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations.
The Harker Heights Police Department became only the 67th agency in the State to be so recognized. The Harker Heights Police Department has always considered itself to be one of the best in the state. This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the citizens that its Police Department is conforming to the current state of the art in law enforcement.