Houston Ship Channel Security District Demonstrates Sophisticated Security Approach at Annual Luncheon

Patrick Gonzales, Harris County Central Technology Service presenting at the Houston Ship Channel Security District meeting.





The Houston Ship Channel Security District (Security District) hosted their annual meeting and luncheon on November 13, 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Vehicles, boats and aircraft from the Security District’s municipal and law enforcement partners were on display on the convention center grounds. Following a short board meeting, Security District Chairman Gary Scheibe kicked off the luncheon by welcoming all attendees – many in attendance for the first time – and encouraged and applauded the spirit of partnership, community and relationships within the room.

Presenters included representatives from the City of Houston Office of Public Safety & Homeland Security, Harris County Central Technology Services, Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens, analysts from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

In a demonstration of Security District partner agencies working together to ensure the safety of the ship channel, an example of a multi-layered approach to security was shared by the USCG and HCSO with a video of real-time interdiction and boarding of an unauthorized vessel. The vessel was picked up by the camera network and monitored by HCSO’s Security Monitoring and Assessment Group personnel, who were able to relay vessel location to USCG and Houston Police Department assets within the Houston Ship Channel in a timely manner.

“Our maritime criminal analysts conduct complex criminal intelligence research that is vital to the safety of the Houston Ship Channel and coast,” said regional Director Jason Taylor, who oversees DPS operations for the Southeast Texas Region. “Our analysts carefully review complex sets of data to help identify patterns of criminal activity, terrorism, and threats to homeland security, which ultimately aids in keeping one of our nation’s busiest shipping ports safe.”

Established in 2009, the Houston Ship Channel Security District is a unique public-private partnership providing an integrated strategy to increase the level of security for both the waterside and landside facilities within the District. It is managed by an 11-member board of directors, eight selected from manufacturing/maritime industry membership and three appointed members.

For more information, visit: https://hscsd.org/.

  • Date December 5, 2018
  • Tags 2018 Nov