Harlingen Police Dept.
Harlingen Police Department - Uniformed Services Division

Deputy Chief Luciano Rubio

The Patrol division is divided into three shifts, each shift consisting of approximately 16 officers, two sergeants, and oneCommander. Officers are responsible for maintaining law and order, for preventing crime, and for protecting life and property. Officers make arrests for Federal and State Laws as well as City ordinances. A Deputy Chief supervises the Uniform Patrol Division and is also in charge of the Communications Center, which is made up of 15 civilian employees.
The Harlingen SWAT team consists of fifteen officers. Members of the team have attended training throughout the state. SWAT officers train 16 hours per month. Training consists of physical conditioning, building searches, firearms training, hostage & barricaded person training, bus and vehicle assault training, negotiation training, use of less lethal weapons training, barricaded shooting team movement training, rapid shooting team movement drills, and rappelling. Each member is given a position on the team. The team is divided into the Entry team, Perimeter team, Sniper team, and Negotiation team. The Harlingen SWAT team is a member of the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association. Selection to the team requires applicants to pass a physical and fitness test; the applicant will then be interviewed by a board made up of SWAT team leaders, and the Chief or Assistant Chief of Police.
Special Services Unit
The Special Services Unit is supervised by a Deputy Chief. There are currently 10 officers assigned to the division. The Special Services Division consists of Grants, Fleet Maintenance, Training, Planning & Accreditation, Municipal Court Bailiff, and School Crossing Guards.
School Programs
School Resource Officers work in conjunction with the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District.

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