Rick Van Houten - Place 1 Active Police Officer

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Rick VanHouten

Richard “Rick” W. Van Houten, Jr. began his term on the Board of Trustees of the Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund in 2016, representing active Civil Service police officers. He is Vice Chair of the Board and currently serves on the Disability, Legislative, Personnel and Ad-Hoc (Governance) Committees.

A Sergeant with the Fort Worth Police Department, Rick has been in law enforcement for 24 years. He holds a Master Peace Officer License through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and is a certified TCOLE Instructor.

Rick has served as President of the Fort Worth Police Officers’ Association (FWPOA), representing all sworn members of every rank in the Fort Worth Police Department. As part of his involvement in the police labor movement, Rick focused on defined benefit pension systems and has attended many pension seminars and training programs. He has surpassed the minimum education requirements for pension Trustees required by Texas Pension Review Board.

Rick has served on the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) board of directors. He currently represents CLEAT as an Area Vice President for the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), a national law enforcement advocacy group representing over 250,000 police officers.

He was a Member of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 2008-2014.  He also holds several Certificates in Police Union Leadership from the Harvard Law School.

On Jan. 31, 2015, Rick testified before the President of the United States’ Task Force on 21st Century Policing. His testimony was focused on the implementation of body worn cameras in policing agencies.  He has lectured across the country at Harvard University, Yale University and the University of San Diego.