That’s what brings me to the other day. A call came over the radio for a burglary in progress. Any ‘in-progress’ call is dispatched out as a very serious call which must be responded to as quickly as possible. My trainer and I went lights and sirens all the way across the city to get to the call. When we arrived on scene we were told a general description of the two people who had just left the place where the burglary occurred.
We began rolling around on the back streets looking for the two. Then, walking down a side street we spotted the first suspect. We ordered him to the ground and I went in, put handcuffs on the individual and searched for any property that may have been taken during the burglary. Just as I am finishing my search, I hear Fox, one of the HPD helicopters hovering over me. He begins to talk about where the second person may be located. Then all of a sudden I see my trainer take off running when he spots the other individual.
What a sight to see, my trainer begins to run after the other suspect, while another officer comes running around the corner after the suspect, and then I see the K-9 unit come running up the street as well. There were three officers and a K-9 chasing after the suspect. Needless to say he was caught quickly, without any major incidents.
I couldn’t believe how exciting my day had been already and I had only been at work for an hour! How many jobs are there where you work with helicopters and K-9s? Our fast response to the scene along with our specialized units made the case open and shut. Witnesses helped to identify the suspects and all of the occupants personal items were returned to them. A thrilling morning had come to an end, but I knew that it wouldn’t be long before I got another opportunity to answer a call that would be even more exciting!
Written by Academy Class 196 President Mike Herb. Officer Herb, is now patrolling our streets and making a difference. Look for future posts with Officer Herb as he experiences his first year as a Houston Police Officer.