Friday, August 29, 2008

Look Up to HPD

Photography / design by Officer Quoc-Tuan Nguyen

When you were growing up who did you look up to? Did you look up to your big brother or big sister? Did you look up to a friend, your grandparents or the nice policeman who used to live next door to you? I think for the most part we looked up to our parents or other close family members. That is what HPD is about, one big family. You can look up to us to guide you to one of the most rewarding and challenging careers around. Family is everything, join our family and become my brother or sister in blue. I like big families...unless the turkey is not big enough during Thanksgiving dinner.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

What are you waiting for?

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The time is now. The place is Houston. Apply online, meet the criteria, become a Houston Police Cadet. What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cop for a Day

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Baltimore, Maryland Police released this commercial back in the early 1990's describing what it must be like to be a police officer. I am sure everyone interested in becoming a police officer ( and you must be if you are reading this blog) will get a kick out of it. I know I did. Remember, you can be a "Cop for a Day" everyday at . What are you waiting for? There has never been a better time to become a Houston Police Officer than right now.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Got Water?

Photography / design by Officer Quoc-Tuan Nguyen

Use the mouse and scroll over the picture to give these guys some air.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Life Imitating Art

Life imitating art is the reverse of the normal process whereby art is made to resemble life. The concept derives from an Oscar Wilde aphorism, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life." If you are a reader of this blog, you are familiar with the fact that joining a large department such as HPD affords you endless opportunities if you choose not to patrol your entire career. Case in point, these photos and art design were taken by Officer Quoc-Tuan Nguyen. Tuan was a civilian photographer before becoming a police officer. He worked with HPD as a civilian in the photo lab. After six months, he saw the intense camaraderie and sense of family and knew he wanted to be part of it. Tuan decided to take the next step and was placed into Academy Class 194. He recently got off of probation and continues to contribute not only as a talented and remarkable photographer but as a public servant making a difference. I have said it before and I will say it again, whatever you want to do, you can find it here as a Houston Police Officer.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Real German, German Shepherds

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You don't realize the true power of a police dog. How many injuries or officers lives have been saved because of the police dog? Some of our police dogs come from, and are initially trained in Germany. Someone recently sent me this video clip of German Shepherd police dogs being trained in France. I was amazed at the quickness and strength of these animals. I think you will be too.

Originating in 1959, the Houston Police Department's K-9 Unit Program is one of the oldest Patrol Divisions on the department. There are currently thirty-nine teams in the K-9 unit which are assigned to various sections throughout the police department. You will notice that our officers will give commands in German dialect. It seems the dogs only speak German.

Don't let our dog Alpos (above) fool you. He's really a sweet boy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Are you ready?

Are you ready? Let's see if you can find the burglar. He is somehwere in this picture and is trying to escape. If it is too dark, use your flashlight. How? Use the pointer from your mouse and scroll it across the picture. Look closely, he is there. If you find him, click here next because you are ready to take the next step.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Pressure Relief!

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After six months in the police academy, Class 197 graduated last week. As you may imagine, the pressure of finishing and getting the badge pinned on boils down to the final day when it actually happens. Class 197 had some funny and bright moments this day. As the commercial once said "Plop Plop Fizz Fizz, oh what a relief it is!" Once again congratulations ladies and gentlemen, go forth, protect, and serve.

Friday, August 15, 2008

And now a word from our President

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Academy Class 197 President Lisa Scharf graduated last Tuesday and is currently patrolling our streets making them safer for all of us. The day of her graduation I got a chance to sit down with her and get some nice insight. She was in the process of getting her picture taken along with her classmates prior to getting her badge pinned on her that night. She is from Morris Plains, New Jersey and has Bachelor of Arts in Spanish degree; Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree; and a Bachelor of Arts in Crime, Law, and Justice degree from The Penn State University. Go Nittany Lions!

We have openings right now! Apply today and start your career in one of the most exciting and challenging jobs around. Simply apply online by going to

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hatfield (Class 197) vs. McCoy (Class 107)

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Academy Class 197 versus Academy Class 107...ninety classes later a Hatfield finally crosses the path of a McCoy. Congratulations Cadet Hatfield, or I should say Officer Hatfield. Even though you are a Hatfield I still want you to make HPD proud!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

From White to Blue

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Academy Class 197 graduated yesterday. Tradition held strong as Class 197 held their final roll call as the sun rose above the police academy. Unprecedented, all five current academy classes were in attendance, Class 198, 199, 200 and Class 201 (who were there for orientation) watched Class 197 with pride, knowing that they too will soon be performing their last roll call. Later that night the white uniform shirts changed to blue as they marched into the gym for the last time to have their badges pinned to their shirts to complete their transition into one of Houston's finest.

Congratulations Class 1-9-7 !

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

"One of These Things..."

Academy Class 201 attended orientation today to go over all the details for their upcoming class. I was there taking pictures of Academy Class 197 who is graduating tonight and thought I would take some pictures of Academy Class 201 as they began their new journey into becoming one of Houston's finest. As I looked over the photos and saw this one in particular, I could not help but think about the old Sesame Street song "One of These Things is Not Like the Other". Can you spot the really, really, happy cadet?

You missed another one!

Congratulations to Academy Class 197. They will graduate tonight at 7:00pm at the Houston Police Academy located at 17000 Aldine Westfield in Houston, Texas. There is no time like the present to apply online at and you could be in one of the upcoming academy classes. Don't miss another one, apply right now! Way to go Class 1-9-7! I know you will make the Recruiting Unit proud!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Making a Difference. Your either born with it or not.

Sometimes people get busy and forget what is going on over in Iraq. Our men and women are serving our country and putting their lives in jeopardy everyday to secure a nation in distress. My son served in the Army completing one tour overseas and my son-in-law completed two tours with the Marine Corps. I get quite a few emails from soldiers wanting to become Houston police officers. The latest email is from U.S. Army SPC L. Covert who is currently in Iraq. He had questions about becoming a Houston SWAT officer when his tour of duty is complete in 2009 and was nice enough to send me a picture. His current job is a lot like being a police officer right now by maintaining order and protecting the citizens. SPC Covert just has the urge to make a difference like many of the soldiers do. Becoming a police officer just seems like a perfect transition for some of them. If you are overseas right now and are reading this blog, tell me about yourself, where you’re from and when your service to our country ends. Send me a picture and tell me why you want to become a police officer, I will post it. Remember, we only require two years of active service with an honorable discharge in lieu of the 60 hours of college. So if you’re in the military right now, most likely you already qualify or will qualify when your term ends.

Moonlight Bike Ride

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The Houston Police Department held it's first annual "Moonlight Bike Ride" event in June to support the Houston Police Foundation ( What a fun and exciting time for all. The HPD Recruiting Unit was there along with other divisions to help make it a success. Kids of all ages showed up in downtown Houston to enjoy the festivities, meet police officers, pet the horses and of course participate in the bike ride. If you missed it this year, look for it next year and don't miss the fun. If you apply today and go into the next academy class, you could be in HPD blue at the next "Moonlight Bike Ride!"

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Photography / design by Officer Quoc-Tuan Nguyen

What is the meaning of "backbone?"

A main support or major sustaining factor, strength of character; determination.

1. a central cohesive source of support and stability
2. fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try it"
and of course the spine that binds...
Patrol is known as the "backbone" of the department. This is where it all starts. Everyone who joins the Houston Police Department as a police officer will start in patrol. Without patrol, all else fails. Officers patrolling the streets of Houston keep an eye on all of us, respond to calls for service and citizens in need. It is exciting, different, challenging and every day is different. There are new problems, new challenges, and new and different calls with every turn. Your shift will fly by and before you know it your career will be in full swing. We need you, the city needs you. It has never been easier to join the Houston Police Department than it is right now. Simply apply online at Every city needs a hero, is it you?

Monday, August 4, 2008


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With Tropical Storm Edouard approaching the Houston area, it may create heavy downpours and flooding. Call your recruiter if you have an appointment before coming in to see us. We can reschedule if needed. The main phone number is 713-308-1300. You can still apply online at and never have to leave your house. Stay dry and be careful!