Episode 98 | Detective Fil Waters

Episode 98

Detective Fil Waters

Detective Fil Waters has served in Law Enforcement for 33 years.  He joined the Houston Police Department as a member of Lateral Cadet Class #L3-93, and embarked on a career with HPD (1993-2017) that spanned over 24 years; assigned to the Houston Police Homicide Division for 23 years working a large volume of varying homicide investigations and high-profile cases.  Prior to HPD, he worked eight years as a deputy sheriff with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (1985-1993) achieving the rank of Detective Sergeant, and one year with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (1984-1985) as a reserve deputy sheriff.  Detective Waters holds his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University and his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Oklahoma State University.  Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, Detective Waters was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps where he conducted investigations for the Commanding General’s Office, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC, and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal.  Detective Waters worked several years in Narcotics, and during that time investigated crimes involving The Occult.  He has been a Certified TCOLE Instructor since 1986 and has traveled extensively instructing law enforcement agencies nationally and internationally developing curriculum in Law Enforcement training, to include, Interviewing Techniques Training, Homicide Investigations, Courtroom Testimony, Ethics in Law Enforcement, Firearms Training, and other related topics.

Detective Waters is an instructor with International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) which “works with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transnational crime and terrorism. ICITAP provides international development assistance that supports both national security and foreign policy objectives.”  ICITAP is located in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, and “works in close partnership with and receives funding for its programs from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Defense.”

During his career at HPD, Detective Waters received one Mayor’s Commendation, one District 1 City Councilman’s Achievement Award (James Rodriguez), five Chief’s Commendations, two Assistant Chief Commendations, fourteen Supervisor Commendations, one Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Commendation (Mike Sullivan), twenty-two Citizen Letters of Commendation, seven outside agency commendations (i.e. US Attorney’s Office-Western District of Texas, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Brazoria County DA’s Office, Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Transit Authority-DPS, Anne Arundel County PD-Maryland, and National Police Agency-Japan); was twice a Police Week Award Finalist, and received the 100 Club Officer of the Year Award (2011).  Additionally, on September 14, 2017, he received a Mayor’s Proclamation from the City of Hedwig Village for his assistance in the investigation of a Capital Murder which had taken place in Hedwig Village.  Detective Waters has been featured on 48 Hours “Gone” (CBS), “Criminal Confessions” (Oxygen Channel), “Shadow of Doubt” (ID Discovery Channel), “For My Man” (TV One), “Killer Couples” (Oxygen Channel), “Gangland-Deadly Blast (Tango Blast Gang In Houston, Texas…)” (History Channel), Real TV, Fox News, and numerous local stations.

Detective Waters was one of the original members of the Houston Police Department’s Gang Murder Squad and in nearly five years in that capacity maintained over a 96% percent case clearance rate, having worked over 140 gang related homicide cases.  Of the almost 400 murder investigations Detective Waters was assigned, he achieved a 96% clearance rate, gaining confessions in 90% of those cases. Additionally, Detective Waters has worked hundreds of investigations of Kidnapping, Murder-For-Hire, Aggravated Assault, Deadly Conduct, Assault, etc.

Detective Waters Online:
Website | kindredspiritsinvestigations.com
Email | [email protected]

Detective Waters on Social Media:
Facebook | @kindredspiritsinvestigations
Twitter | @detfilwaters
Instagram | @detfilwaters