Assistant Chief Michael P. (MP) Jackson began service with the Pasadena Police Department on March 26, 1979. Michael is a 1975 graduate of San Jacinto College with an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement, a 1976 graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a 1996 graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas/ Leadership and Command College, and a 2006 Graduate of the FBI National Academy/ Session 227.
He graduated from the 32nd Pasadena Police Academy and served as a field training officer prior to being promoted to Sergeant on November 7, 1983. Upon promotion to Sergeant, he served for three and half years in the Detective Division, prior to being assigned to the Internal Affairs Division for an additional three and half years. He was promoted to Lieutenant on May 21, 1991 and was assigned to the Patrol Division for five and half years.
During his service in the Patrol Division, he served as commander of both the Evening and Night Shifts, and assisted in the development, implementation, and became the first commander for the Gang Task Force, Resident Officer Program, DOT Unit, and Citizen’s Patrol Project. He was transferred to the Narcotics Division in November 1996 where assisted with the development and implementation of Operation Safe Home, a partnership with the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to reduce narcotics activity in federally subsidized apartments in Pasadena. He then transferred to the Special Investigations Division in April 1999 where he assumed command of the Juvenile, Auto Theft, and Domestic Violence Units. While assigned to the Special Investigations Division, he assumed additional responsibilities of the Gang Task Force and later assumed the DART unit. In addition to these responsibilities, he assisted with the development, implementation, and became the first commander for the Community Defense Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Project Spotlight, and Fugitive Investigations Unit.
Michael was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police on November 7, 2005 and assumed command of the Investigations and Support Bureaus.
Additionally, he serves on the Crime Stoppers of Greater Houston/ Partner Council, Harris County Children’s Assessment Center/ Partner Council, Advisory Board member San Jacinto College/ Criminal Justice Department, Board of Directors for the San Jacinto Family YMCA, Administrative Vice President for the Southeast Harris County Communities in Schools, member East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA)/ Security Committee, member of the Pasadena Citizens Advisory Panel, and as a past President and Executive Board Member of the Pasadena Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).