Assistant Chief Vicki King began her 32 year law enforcement career with the Houston Police Department. Chief King found a passion for leadership and began to rise through the ranks. As a sergeant, she worked in patrol, investigations, and crime analysis. After working for two Chiefs, Chief King promoted to lieutenant and was assigned to investigative positions in Burglary and Theft and the Internal Affairs Division. While in IAD, Chief King managed the largest internal criminal investigation in the department’s history.
Chief King made HPD history when she sought promotion to Captain. She was the first person to finish #1 on both the written and assessment processes. Upon promotion, she became HPD’s first female captain to command a patrol division. In May 2004, Chief King was appointed to the rank of HPD Assistant Chief, assuming command of Criminal Investigations. As the Chief of Detectives, Chief King formed the Cold Case Murder Squad, Houston Men Against Family Violence, Cash for Crooks, and Gang Murder Squad. Under her command, UCR murder clearances increased 32% in 2008.
In 2011, Chief King retired from HPD to serve as an emissary to members of the Saudi Royal family. She traveled extensively for two years before returning to teach at University of Houston system. Chief King earned a Bachelor and Master Degree from the University of Houston—Downtown. Chief King served as the Chief of Police for the City of La Marque before being recruited to head up the Threat Assessment Unit for MD Anderson, UT-Heath, and Harris County Psychiatric Center campuses in Houston. In her new role, Chief King works with multidisciplinary teams comprised of officers, mental health officials, Human Resource personnel, doctors, attorneys, and councilors to identify risks and intervention strategies. The approach is innovative and proactive, requiring unique leadership skills and abilities. She also oversees all investigative operations for UTP-H.
When asked, Chief King cites her greatest source of pride as: her daughter, HPD Sergeant Katie Reiser; son-in-law and Houston Police Officer’s Union Secretary, Officer Will Reiser; and her four grandchildren.
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