HVPD is a full service police department with public safety dispatch and local jail services. The department is authorized 33 full-time sworn police officers. Highland Village is located in Denton County just north of Dallas on Lake Lewisville. Our city is approximately 5.5 square miles in size with a population of 16,500. Highland Village is primarily residential with a growing affluent commercial shopping district, including a new Wal-Mart, AMC Theaters, and many others. We are a quality family oriented community with a top ranked school system.
Awards and Policing Model
HVPD hires exceptional people interesting in maintaining our low crime rate and delivering our highly service oriented valued-based policing model. HVPD is the recipient of multiple community policing awards from the Texas Municipal League and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. We have consistently been ranked the safest city in North Texas for many years in a row due to the proactive community policing efforts of our police officers.
HVPD uses a “Value-Based” policing model that focuses the daily performance of patrol officers on activities that fully “support and strengthen the policing expectations of our community”. This model focuses patrol attention on crime prevention and encourages officers to actively seek and engage in opportunities that involve positive interactions with our citizens. Officers are assigned an “Area of Responsibility” or AOR where they are responsible for all aspects of safety, security and crime prevention. They are assigned duties as a Team Leader for a group of uniformed citizen volunteers who conduct Volunteers in Patrol duties and also provide assistance at special events.
The Police Department is comprised of the Field Operations Division, Criminal Investigations Unit, Community Services Unit, Communications Unit, Animal Care Unit, Police Administration, Public Safety Support Unit and Civilian Auxiliary.
Field Operations Division
Field Operations include Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Community Services and Public Safety Support. Patrol is divided into four (4) shift teams consisting of a Sergeant, Corporal and four (4) police officers. Officers work 12-hour shifts from 6am-6pm and 6pm-6am with rotating weekends off.
Officers typically work 84 hours in each two week pay period, which includes working a 12 hour shift on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during one week of the pay period, and Wednesday and Thursday in the other week. Department guidelines require a minimum staffing of 3 to 4 officers on-duty at all times.
HVPD Officers are equipped with the latest technology including individually issued Sig Sauer P320 9mm caliber Handguns with weapon mounted lights, Colt AR15 Patrol Rifles, OC, Taser 7 CQ and Axon Body 3 Body Worn Camera System. Officers use late model marked Police Interceptor SUV’s. Retail areas, City Parks and the Inland Trail are patrolled using police bikes and a specialized utility vehicle.
Vehicle equipment includes Axon Fleet 3 Mobile Video Systems with Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR), Getac mobile data computers, Brazos Technology electronic citation writers integrated into department cell phones, Kustom Signals Raptor and laser radar systems, thermal imaging devices, Mossberg tactical shotguns, and Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s). Patrol field presence multipliers include daily deployments of a speed trailer and Sky-Watch observation tower.