Chief Thomas C. LambertChief Lambert has been in law enforcement since 1974 and joined the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County in 1979 to head its security operations and was instrumental in forming the Authority's police department that became recognized as a law enforcement agency in 1982.
Chief LambertChief Lambert holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from Southwest Texas University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Houston.He
has also attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation's
Law Enforcement Development Program, the U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar and was invited to and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior
Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University
.He also attended the University of Colorado at Denver's Law Enforcement Executive Program and the Northwestern University National Urban Mass Transportation Management Seminar. Chief Lambert is Past President of the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of Texas and is presently Chairman of the ITS of America's Emergency Services Task Force.He is also Chairman of the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Police and Security Committee and has served as either a member or chairman of several committees including the APTA Drug and Alcohol Abuse Task Force, the APTA Police/Security Committee, the Transportation Research Board on HOV Operations and Safety Committee, the ITS America Annual Program Planning Committee, the ITS Research Center of Excellence Advisory Committee, and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Security Advisory Committee. He has also served as an Associate Staff Instructor for Mass Transit Security Training at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transportation Safety Institute.
was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Transportation's
(U.S. DOT) Superior Performance Award and has been recognized by the U.S.DOT as an expert in mass transit security training. Chief Lambert serves as the Chairman of the Houston TranStar Leadership Team.
The Leadership Team is made up of senior level executives from each of the TranStar partner agencies, the Texas Department of Transportation
(TxDOT), Harris County, the City of Houston, and METRO
.The TranStar Director reports to the Leadership Team.Upon the resignation of a past TranStar Director, Chief Lambert served as the acting director until the position could be filled permanently.This required that, in addition to his regular duties at METRO, he was responsible for the staff and day to day operations at Houston TranStar.He
has been instrumental in leading staff and partner agencies through the last two budgeting cycles.He provides a leadership role with his positive attitude and his vision of what Houston TranStar is still working to accomplish.
The concept of four government agencies working together to improve the delivery of service to the public is a good one, however, it is not one that comes easily without a great deal of work and leadership.
Using the existing partnership between law enforcement and the Houston TranStar agencies
to gain consensus and move forward with a action plan, Chief Lambert
was instrumental in leading efforts to develop and implement a Regional Incident Management Plan.He
has been invited speak at numerous locations across the country on Traffic Incident Management and the benefits of law enforcement involvement in regional traffic management operations centers and asked to make a presentation at the TxDOT
"Short Course" on transportation issues held at Texas A&M University
. He is a member of the International Association of Chief's of Police, the Texas Police Chief's Association and the Harris County Area Chief's of Police Association.Chief Lambert along with all his past and present responsibilities has also found time to actively participate in community functions and has served as President of the Aldine Independent School District Council of PTA's.He is also the former Director of the Northwest Park Homeowner's Association.
is now responsible for directing and managing METRO's Police Department that includes the Planning and Development Division, Intelligent Transportation System program activities and the Police Operations Division. Chief Lambert is married with two children and holds a Master Police Officer's Certificate awarded by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.