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.
Prior to his service in Pasadena, he graduated from the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Police Academy at Baytown, Texas in June 1977and served for 2 years with the University of Houston/ Clear Lake Police Dept.
He graduated from the 32nd Pasadena Police Academy in 1979 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/ Commercial Vehicle Enforcement 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.
Currently, Michael’s responsibilities include the Crime Scene Investigations Unit, Data Services Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, Personnel & Training Division, Code Enforcement, Community Services Division, IMPACT Officer Program/ Differential Response Team, DARE & YES (Youth Enrichment Services), Jail & Communications Division and Radio Administrator. Additional responsibilities include Planning & Research, Crime Control District Budget, Procurement, Payroll, and Grant Administration.
Additionally, Michael serves as a member of the Neighborhood Network Grant Review Board where he received an Award for Leadership.
Michael also received The Excellence in Leadership Award from the Pasadena Industrial Community Network in 2014.
Michael serves as a member of the FBI Regional Computer Forensics Lab/ Local Executive Board, Advisory Board of the 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 (CIS), member of the East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA)/ Security Committee, member of the Pasadena Citizens Advisory Panel, and current member and as a past President and Executive Board Member of the Pasadena Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for 10 years. He also serves as a member of the Deer Park ISD Police-School Partnership Committee.
Michael serves as a Member of Kiwanis International-Pasadena and a member of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
Michael is currently a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP, Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA), Houston Area Police Chiefs Association, FBI National Academy Alumni Association, LEMIT LCC Alumni Association, FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the Texas Gang Investigators Association.
Previously, Michael served on the Crime Stoppers of Greater Houston/ Partner Council, Houston HIDTA / ONDCP Executive Board, a Board Member of the Houston Cooperative Emergency Management Project/ OPERATION RESPOND, the Harris County Inter-Agency Gang Task Force, and the Harris County Children’s Assessment Center Partner Council (14 years).