Editor's note: This story was updated with an emailed statement from Harris.

The Missouri City Police Department appointed Brandon Harris as new chief of police Jan. 8 to lead the city’s law enforcement efforts for the safety and well-being of its residents.

The details

Harris joined the Missouri City Police Department in 1996, was promoted to corporal in 1998 and has held supervisory roles in every division of the police department, according to a Jan. 11 news release from the city.

Some of the leadership roles Harris has taken, according to the release, include:
  • Field training officer
  • Advanced accident reconstructionist
  • Honor guard
He is also a member of Fort Bend ISD's Safety and Security committee, according to the release.

The background

Harris was serving as the interim police chief after the previous chief, Mike Berezin, retired May 19.

Quote of note

In an emailed statement, Harris said he has seen the police force grow since he joined and is honored to serve as chief.

“As I step into the role of police chief, I want to assure the residents of Missouri City that my commitment is to lead with integrity," he said. "I am determined to foster community trust, and uphold the values of justice. Together, with members of the community, business owners and other stakeholders, I want to reiterate to the residents of Missouri City how sacred we hold our responsibility to serve and protect."