POLICE Department

The Greater Houston Police Activities League (GHPAL)

The Greater Houston Police Activities League (GHPAL)

Relaunched in 2018 after being dormant for 14 years, GHPAL’s mission is “to reduce juvenile crime and violence through “Relational Policing” which includes building trusting relationships between youth, law enforcement and the community.” GHPAL members are between the ages of 8 and 18. The program includes mentorship (one-to-one or groups), athletic, enrichment, civic/service projects, recreational and educational opportunities throughout the City of Houston. GHPAL works with a number of community partners and school districts to achieve its mission. They also provide program presentations and project assistance by request as available.

If you are between the ages of 8-18 and want to become a member of this exciting new program, have your parents fill out the electronic membership sign-up form. Click here for the electronic form. If you would like a paper form, please reach out to the local GHPAL officer in your area.

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If you are out of school and 18 years of age or older and are interested in assisting and working alongside police officers while mentoring, coaching, and educating youth, please view the VIP web page to obtain more information on how to submit an online application.


To become an HPD Volunteer, you must click on the link and complete a Police VIP Application and attached forms:

  • The VIP Application is a fillable form (In order to properly fill out the PDF form, you must save and submit the PDF form using Adobe Reader or Acrobat 8.0 or greater. You can download the latest Adobe Reader here.) Once the form is filled out it can be submitted by clicking the 'submit' button or by emailing the completed form to HPD.CommunityAffairs@houstonpolice.org.

  • Please provide a copy of your current driver license. The mailing address is listed below.

  • You can also pick up an application at HPD Headquarters, 1200 Travis, 21st floor or call 713 308-3200 and request an application be mailed to you (once completed, mail, fax, or deliver application to the VIP Office)

** Note - Applications for the Citizen Patrol or the Youth Police Advisory Council must be processed via the instructions provided on their web page.

To become a Houston Police Department Volunteer, please view the VIP web page to view the functions of a Volunteer, disqualifiers, and information on how to submit an online application.