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UHD Alumnus Elected to Houston City Council

mikeMike Knox, UHD alumnus (’90) and councilman for At-large Position 1 of the Houston City Council in Texas, has a long history of honorable public service.

He is a veteran who served in the United States Air Force and served more than 15 years as a Houston Police Officer. He’s also one of two officers responsible for the creation of the Houston Police Department’s first divisional gang unit in 1988 and helped create and served on the original board of directors for the Texas Gang Investigators Association.

In 1995, he authored and published a book entitled Gangsta in the House; Understanding Gang Culture. This book added to the knowledge base on gang culture and was recognized in 2001 by the National Gang Research Center who awarded it the prestigious “Thrasher” award.

Knox served his fellow officers as a Board Member of the Houston Police Patrolmen’s Union and chaired the HPPU Political Action Committee. In addition, he served as editor of the “Sentinel” (HPPU) monthly newsletter.

Shortly after publishing his book in 1995, Knox began a consulting business focused on helping law enforcement, schools districts, and communities understand and deal with street gangs and violent youthful offenders.

He has served his community as a board member of the Spring Branch Education Foundation and was among the original funders of the Spring Branch ISD “Fund for the Future” endowment. He contributed to the creation of the Spring Branch Good Neighbor program.

In 2007, Knox was recruited to help the Spring Branch Management District develop the Public Safety component of its service plan and worked as their Director of Community Service for three years. For the past seven years, he has served as the President of the Yupon Estates Homeowners Association.

Knox, a native Houstonian, obtained an Associate of Arts degree from the Houston Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston – Downtown (UHD) while working as a Houston police officer. He married his high school sweetheart in 1977 and they have raised one son; who now serves the city as a Houston police officer.