After an initial three-year period as a patrol officer, an officer will be eligible to apply for transfer to another division. HPD has over 45 divisions including Patrol, Vehicular Crimes, Traffic Enforcement, Mental Health, Gangs, Burglary and Theft, Homicide, Juvenile, Major Assaults and Family Violence, Robbery, Special Victims, Auto Theft, Criminal Intelligence, Cyber and Financial Crimes, Major Offenders, Narcotics, Vice, Crime Analysis and Command Center, Tactical Operations, Special Operations, Airport (Hobby), Airport (Intercontinental), Emergency Communications, Air and Marine, Training, Recruiting, Risk Management, and Employee Services, to name a few.
- Assistant Chief (appointed)
- Executive Assistant Chief (appointed)
- Chief of Police (appointed)
A police officer is currently eligible for promotion to the rank of sergeant once they have attained five (5) years of service from their hire date as a cadet.
Sergeants are eligible to promote to the rank of lieutenant after two (2) years in grade as a sergeant and must have attained an associate's degree or completed a minimum of 65 hours towards a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Lieutenants are eligible to promote to the rank of commander after two (2) years. Candidates for promotion to the rank of commander must have obtained a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
Promotion to the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, and commander each require passing a written examination and an assessment center in order to be placed on a promotional eligibility list. Commander is the last rank that can be attained via the testing process.
The ranks of assistant chief and executive assistant chief are appointed by the chief of police and require a master's degree from an accredited college or university.