Monday, June 30, 2008
HPD is family. My HPD brother ended his watch yesterday after twenty three years of doing what he loved the most, being a police officer. I have had the pleasure of personally knowing Gary around the softball fields during police tournaments. He always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. He was also one heck of a ball player. I will miss him as will all his HPD brothers and sisters.
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Friday, June 27, 2008
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Getting ready for the graduation ceremony. It's a time for reflection and goodbyes. Although, it's never really goodbye. These officers will be brothers and sisters for the remainder of their careers. You will never forget your classmates or your instructors. You will never forget your academy class number. You will never forget. Make some lasting memories today at http://www.hpdcareer.com/
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
It was a strange beginning to a whole new life for all of us. The days of sleeping in and not caring whether your clothes were clean and pressed were over. It was a new beginning of getting up before the sun and working long days. Though it seemed like a drastic change to our lives we all welcomed the challenge. That was the first day of week one. Only twenty-seven more and we would hit the streets!
Looking back now, the Academy is one of the most unique experiences of my life. It was both difficult and fun. It was challenging both mentally and physically. Over the six months that we spent in the Academy we went through many different stages and tasks. There were parts of the Academy that tested just our brains and there were parts that tested our physical abilities and still others that tested combinations of both.
The Academy was extremely challenging and demanded a great deal of commitment, but after making a conscious decision that I was going to completely commit myself and give it my all, it turned out to be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life. I think, looking back on it, that anyone that has the desire and drive to be one of Houston’s finest can excel in the Academy.
Personally for me, the most challenging part of the Academy was not one individual phase or task but rather staying focused and balancing the multitude of daily tasks. Whether it was making sure that my uniform was in order (including shining my shoots/boots), or trying to make sure that I got enough sleep, there were always little chores that had to be done to make the Academy flow that much smoother.
Being the class president made the Academy slightly more challenging because that just meant there were more responsibilities to manage but I would not change my Academy experience for the world. These challenges only helped me to become a better person and build the skills that I knew I would need when I went out on the street. Being able to help manage an Academy class of 70, though not quite like dealing with people on the streets of Houston, was good preparation for graduation day when practice would become reality.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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Friday, June 20, 2008
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As the sun rises and everyone prepares for a new day, a special moment occurs at the Houston Police Academy on the last day as a cadet. Cadet classes will stand in formation and will announce their names one by one very quickly. Throughout training, roll calls are done the same every time. However, on graduation day, such as Class 196, it is done a little differently.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
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On Saturday, June 14, 2008, the Houston Police Department Recruiting Unit was invited to the the United States Army Reserve 7/6 Cavalry Family Day in Conroe, Texas. HPD proudly supports its veterans and it was a fun day for all. At the end of the day, the unit was taking donations for the "Family Assistance" fund. The person with the highest donation got to throw a pie in their supervisors face. Needless to say "Family Assistance" did well that afternoon. The HPD Recruiting Unit wants to thank you for the invite. We currently have many reservists on our police department and we have room for you too. Serve your Country and Protect your City! Apply today and we will call you in for an interview faster than you can say "oooop".
Friday, June 13, 2008
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Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby
This Sunday is Father's Day. (Clue: Need to go to store...) At HPD we have a lot of father and sons on the department, as well as mother's and daughters. I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Father's Day this Sunday, and don't forget to give him a hug or a thought.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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When you apply from out of state to become a Houston Police Officer we travel to everywhere you have worked and lived to make sure we are getting USA's finest. When I talk to people outside of Texas you would not believe how many of them ask me if Houston has tumbleweeds blowing down our streets. I am not kidding.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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Yes, we had an academy class number one. No, I am not from that class. Actually I am from academy class number 107. It’s been awhile, but you never forget your class number or your classmates. Your academy class will be the same. You will become close to your classmates and you will work side by side with them for the duration until you get that badge pinned on your shirt.
Let’s talk about the academy a little more. First off, it is located at 17000 Aldine Westfield at Rankin Road in Houston. If your are unfamiliar with that address, it is near Bush International Airport. It’s one of the largest academies in the United States. It has its own driving track, shooting range, “hogans alley” (simulated town), SWAT training, landing pad for helicopters, weight room, gymnasium, cafeteria, rest area, and of course classrooms. Oh, and it has a lake on the property with very friendly ducks (don’t let them fool you, they just want your food). The academy is six months long and you will attend during the daytime hours from around 6:30am to 4:00pm. On occasion you will work later hours for night time tactical training. You have weekends off and all the holidays off while attending. You arrive everyday like you would attend college. You do not live on sight.
Educational methods and materials have changed enormously since Academy Class Number One, but the basic purpose remains the same: To produce the best-trained police officers possible. Today, Houston police officers undergo one of the most extensive and innovative training programs in the world. The Houston Police Academy provides a unique blend of training, recreation, and social functions to serve the officers of the Houston Police Department. It is the total atmosphere that contributes to the professionalism of the men and women of the Houston Police Department.
Take that first step, apply today, you won't regret it.