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Constable Ron Hickman

Starting as a cadet with the Houston Police Department in June of 1971, Ron Hickman served in a variety of assignments to obtain a broad range of experience in law enforcement. Assigned to the Accident Investigation Division and Radio Patrol Bureau for four years each, Ron Hickman also obtained the necessary training to become a search and recovery diver on the Department's Dive Team. Serving as a dive master and coordinator, he worked on the team for nearly ten years. He attended the Redstone Arsenal for training as a hazardous devices technician and became a member of the Houston Police Department's Bomb Squad. Assigned to the Planning and Research Division of the Department he began his exposure to building computer programs.

Beginning as a patrol deputy with the Precinct 4 Constable's Office in 1983, he worked for a year and a half on the street before being promoted to Sergeant over the Communications Office. The absence of computerization initiated a challenge that drove the search for serious improvements in automation for both the Constable's Office and the remainder of law enforcement in Harris County . Working on the development team for the County's first attempt at a consolidated computer aided dispatching system, Ron Hickman provided crucial input for building a computer system that supports a strong cooperative environment among the County's law enforcement agencies. This consolidated system has been in place for a fifteen years and houses the offense reporting, dispatching, alarm permits, and towed vehicle systems. Expanding on his knowledge in computerization, he set out to build a local area network for the Precinct 4 Constable's Office to extend the computer resource to the numerous remote offices.

Attending the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute at Sam Houston State was a pivotal opportunity and immediately upon graduation in 1995 was asked to return as an instructor on Information Technology. Constable Hickman says, "Sharing experiences and offering guidance to other agencies is important as a participant in the brotherhood of policing." He taught from 1995 through 2000 as a faculty member for the Institute sharing his technical experience with officers from across the State.

Active in supporting advances in technology in criminal investigations, Constable Hickman serves as Vice Chair of the Local Executive Board for the Greater Houston Regional Computer Forensic Lab and is now a member of the FBI’s National Steering Committee for the regional computer lab program.

With a strong emphasis on the use of technology and progressive policing practices, Constable Hickman continues the practice of two way communication with community leaders and members of local neighborhoods. He also believes strongly in increasing professionalism through training and advancing educational opportunities for police officers. Ron graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Ron was elected as Constable of Precinct 4 in November of 2000 and took Office January 1st, 2001. His goal is striving to meet the community’s needs while exceeding their expectations.

Community and Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Texas Supreme Court Process Server Review Board

    • Chairman - Process Server Complaint Committee

  • Tomball Hospital Board of Directors (2002-2006)

    • Planning Committee

    • Nominating Committee

    • By-Laws Committee

    • Appeals Committee

  • Greater Houston Regional Computer Forensics Lab

    • Vice Chairman – Executive Board

  • FBI – National Program Office

    • Member - Regional Computer Forensic Lab National Steering Committee

  • Boy Scouts of America - Polaris District

    • Vice Chair of Community Relations

  • County Information Resource Agency (CIRA) 

    • Vice Chair of eCounty Task Force

  • Texas Association of Counties

    • Past Chair - Law Enforcement Education Committee

    • Charter Member - Texas Leadership Foundation Class

    • Member – Texas Leadership Foundation Board of Director

  • Justice of the Peace and Constable's Association of Texas

    • President-2007-2008

    • Chairman - Constables Legislative Committee

    • Chairman – Auditing Committee

    • Gavel & Badge Newsletter Editor

  • Leadership Command College Alumni Association  ( Sam Houston State University )

    • Past President LCC Alumni Association

  • Spring Independent School District

    • Safe and Drug Free School Committee Member

  • Houston Gunners Football Team

    • Honorary Board Member

Academic Background

  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Alabama - 2005

Professional Education Activities

  • Houston Police Academy – 9-17-1971
  • Master Peace Officer Certification – TCLEOSE
  • Police Instructor Certification - TCLEOSE
  • Police Baton Instructor Certification - TCLEOSE
  • Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas – 1995
  • Underwater Search & Recovery Training
  • Deep Sea Diver Certification
  • Bomb Technician – HPD Bomb Squad

Awards & Recognition

  • JPCA  - T. A. Vines Award 2005

  • JPCA – Constable of the Year 2006

  • National Constables Association – Constable of the Year 2007

  • Houston Northwest Chamber - Paul Hilbert Public Servant of the Year Award - 2005

  • Boy Scout Polaris District Award of Merit - 2005

  • Boy Scout Polaris District Don Collins Community Leader Award - 2006

  • Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce - Citizen of the Year Award - 2007

Constable Ron Hickman
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