Police reform task force extends deadline for Houston residents to share opinions on department

Houston residents have until Aug. 22 to submit survey responses to the city's police task force. (Nola Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston residents have until Aug. 22 to submit survey responses to the city's police task force. (Nola Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

Houston residents have until Aug. 22 to submit survey responses to the city's police task force. (Nola Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Houston Mayor's Task Force on Policing Reform extended its submission deadline for a survey among Houston neighborhoods to collect opinions from residents.

An original Aug. 9 deadline was extended to Aug. 22, a press release announced Aug. 13.


The survey asks residents to respond to two basic questions: "How do you view the Houston Police Department?" and "Would you recommend any improvements or changes to the Houston Police Department?" with open-ended space to explain their opinion.

Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed the task force in June amid nationwide calls for reductions in police funding and reforms to law-enforcement practices after the death of George Floyd. The group first met July 6 and was given 90 days to develop recommendations.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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