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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Officers In Action

Recently, Officer E. Srebalus, assigned to the Westside Patrol Division, was dispatched to a burglary of a business at 9300 Boone Road. He arrived and spoke with the citizen who reported the crime and saw that forced entry had been made. The citizen gave the officer a suspect and vehicle descriptions, and a description of the tools the suspects used to gain entry into the building. One suspect had fled in a vehicle and two had fled on foot. Officer Srebalus broadcasted all of this information over the air to the other units.

Sergeant H. Estrella, Officer K. Nola, and Officer T. Hansen conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with its lights off that was driving in the area. The suspect in the vehicle complied with the officers’ instructions and was taken into custody without incident. Inside the vehicle, officers found tools similar to those described by the citizen used in the break in.

The two remaining suspects were last seen in a nearby neighborhood. With the assistance of Officer G. Ortiz and his K9 partner “Surge” a perimeter was set up and the suspects were tracked. The two suspects were spotted on the roof of a nearby business and were taken into custody without incident.

After discussing the case with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, all three suspects were arrested and charged with Burglary of a Building. All of the officers exhibited excellent teamwork in setting up the perimeter and conducting a thorough investigation to get three burglars off of the streets. 

Recruiting for the Week of February 8, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Turbo the Tortoise

Turbo, an African spurred tortoise, recently escaped from his home in south central Houston. His frantic owner thought he had been stolen and filed a police report with HPD. The next day, a neighbor saw Turbo and called police to report a very large tortoise walking in the area. Officers tracked down the tortoise and realized it was Turbo.  Pictured here are South Central Patrol Officers Traconis (next to Turbo), Tse and Kang (in the background). They were able to reunite Turbo with his ecstatic owner. 

This goes on record for the slowest police chase we’ve ever encountered!

Recruiting in Austin

HPD Recruiting Officer Gilmore is in Austin at Hiring our Heroes at the Omni Hotel. If you are in the area and want to start a career with us, stop by!

For more information about joining HPD, go to or call the Recruiting Division at 713-308-1300 or (800) 252-0473.