Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Don't laugh, it's happened to me on more than one occasion. Next time I am going as a Starbucks Coffee cup! Happy Halloween and be safe tonight.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sky's the Limit with HPD

Ass't. Chief D.S. Perales - Officer J. Brandon - Sergeant J. Meisel - Ass't. Chief M. A. Dirden

Whatever you would like to do, you can find it here with us. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States. The Houston police department affords you so many opportunities from riding a horse to flying a helicopter. With a large department you have the ability to promote up the chain much easier than with the smaller departments. The sky's the limit with HPD. Apply today. You know the website by now, but I am going to make it easy for you.


The Employment Guide - Fall Job Fair

The Employment Guide - Fall Job Fair is underway today at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston. Come and meet the HPD Recruiters until 3:00pm today. If you miss us there, come on by and see us at 1200 Travis Street on the 13th Floor and we can get you started on your application. Can't make it to the job fair or to our office? No problem, apply online at . What are you waiting for? There has never been a better time. We have academy classes starting on average every six to seven weeks. No need to wait for a test upfront, you simply apply online and get started on the application process right away.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Get Red! (and Blue)


The Rockets Power Dancers all signed up to become Houston Police Officers...

We take Houston Fire Fighters! (a hero is a hero)

Clutch really wanted to join, but his head was too big to fit inside the police car.

"Clyde the Glide" Drexler and Bill Worrell thought that HPD was "Number One"; of course he thought the Rockets were "Number One" also...
The Houston Rockets hosted a Get Red Rally on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday, October 28, 2008. At the rally, a proclamation from Mayor Bill White was made encouraging fans all over the Houston area to wear red today, October 29 in support of the Houston Rockets season opener against the Memphis Grizzlies. HPD Recruiting was there and enjoyed meeting everyone who attended. Go Rockets!
I wonder what Yao and Tracy are doing when they retire from basketball? I bet they would look good in a blue uniform.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Want You! (for my Question and Answer Session)

I have a date and time! This Saturday (November 1, 2008) at 10:00am I will be holding an informal question and answer session. This will be your chance to ask me questions about what it is like to be a policeman in Houston. I will give you tips on becoming a better applicant, what to expect, how the application process works, what kind of questions that could come up during your interview, a walk through of the physical agility test and anything else you can think of. It will be fun and informative. Dress casual as this will be informal with an open question and answer forum. I want you to make the right choice in becoming one of Houston's finest. I will answer questions as a group and one on one. Even if you are already in the process or you want to start the process, I will be happy to help you out. You are welcome to leave whenever you like but I would appreciate everyone arriving at 10:00am. The address is 1200 Travis Street, Houston, Texas 77002. The recruiting unit is on the 13th floor. Please email me if you would like to attend @ . This will be fun and I am looking forward to it! See you Saturday!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Detroit, Michigan

We will be in Detroit November 17th through November 20th to conduct interviews. We will be at the Holiday Inn Express at 46194 N I-94 Service Drive, Belleville, MI 48111. This Holiday Inn Express is located near the Detroit Airport. You must apply first at . Once you have applied online we will contact you to set up an interview with you during our stay. You must apply as soon as possible to make sure you get an interview. If you are not sure you are ready to take the next step and would like to just talk about it, we would be happy to meet with you and tell you about HPD. Please email me if you have further questions. My email address is . I am looking forward to meeting each and everyone one of you. See you in Motor City!

Friday, October 24, 2008


I get tons of emails asking me about the "Civil Service Test" and when the next one will be. Did you know that we no longer give the Civil Service test upfront? You will take it, but at the end of your academy tenure (you should know all the answers by then if you paid attention in class). What does that mean to you, the applicant? We used to have to give the test, rank you, certify the list and call you in for an interview by your ranking. Now you simply apply online at and fill out the application, then wait by the phone until we call you in for an interview (about one week max). If you meet the criteria we will place you in the next academy class. We currently have classes running every six to seven weeks. How easy is that? We have a seat in class with your name on it. Why are you still reading this blog when you should have already gone to and started filling out your application. As Ferris Bueller said at the end of his movie..."Go, it's over..." The post is over, start applying!!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Houston - part two

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As promised, here is part two of the "My Houston" spots. Do you know that Houston has one of the lowest cost of living indexes in the country?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What's in a name?

What's in a name? Whether your Officer Craig or Officer Casterenvancattenburch your still going to be called "Officer" for the rest of your career. However in this case it might be a little more difficult. Can you imagine the name tag on the uniform? Ever wonder what happened to Cadet "Smiley" from my previous post on Class 201? Look above under the white arrow....still smiling!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Q & A

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I get numerous emails stating that your not quite sure you are ready to take the next step to becoming one of Houston's finest. I would love to talk with you on a more personal level to help you decide. I would like to put together an informal question and answer seminar with no pressure to answer all your questions and concerns. Please email me at and tell me that you are interested in attending. You are welcome to bring your spouse. Once I get my list, I will contact everyone and we will set a date. I think it will be fun and informative. Heck, maybe you will end up on the blog!

Monday, October 20, 2008

My Houston

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Are you from out of town? Are you wondering what Houston is like? I have a series of videos that talk about Houston that I will be posting from week to week that show Houston in a unique light. You may see that Houston is more than just any big city, it's a big city with a home town feel. It's "My Houston".

Friday, October 17, 2008

Houston Police Motorcycle Division (Solos)

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OK, not really. This is the Italian Police Motorcycle Unit from the 1950's. Although, I bet we could do it!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

MacArthur High School

We attended Mrs. Harrell's Criminal Justice class on October 8, 2008. We had the pleasure of talking to her students throughout the day. The faculty and students greeted us with open arms and made us feel at home. Everyone had great questions and really quizzed us about becoming a Houston police officer. Thank you for the hospitality. If you would like us to talk to your students about what it takes to become a police officer, write me an email and we will make it happen.

Thanks again Mrs. Harrell. By the way, I still think after watching how you handled your class you would make a fine police officer.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Can I really do this?

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Not sure you can make the leap? Can I really do this? Academy Class 198 made the leap and graduated last week. What did they do? What can they do now? Possibilities are endless with the Houston Police Department. Leap on over to and fill out your application today.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Never Too Late!

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44 year old Academy Class 198 graduate Alvaro Olvera, told himself it's never too late. I want everyone reading this blog to do the same. Apply today at You will love this job!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Small or Tall, Answer the Call!

People always ask me am I too small, am I strong enough, can I really do this? After six months in the Houston police academy, you will be the best trained police officer in the country. Size does not matter, you will have the confidence and skill to handle any situation. Don't forget, we all have your back in the time of need. Don't mess with our gang, we are the biggest gang in town. The good gang. Heroes don't always wear capes you know.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Retired military? Do you think you're too old to start over? Meet Roy Underwood.

Academy Class 198 graduated last night and I asked which cadet ended up number one in academics during the academy. It turns out it was one of the class leaders. I was surprised to find out that not only was he one of the oldest cadets in the class but was also a retired Navy man. Cadet, now Officer, Roy Underwood joined the United States Navy in 1986. He was a Hospital Corpsman and served in Desert Storm. In 1995 he was sent to Advanced Hospital Corpsman school and spent the remainder of his career as an Independent Duty Corpsman. He retired in October 2006 as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7) after a 20 year career. He had tours of duty in Afghanistan, the waters off Iraq and Iran as well as numerous deployments in the Pacific Ocean. He was an instructor at the Romanian Military NCO Academy. His final tour of duty was as the Leading Chief Petty Officer of the Naval Health Care New England Education and Training Department stationed in New London, Connecticut. He applied with HPD in January 2008 and began the academy in March of 2008. He graduated from the academy last night on October 8, 2008 and will be assigned to North Patrol Command for field training.

Impressive, it was an honor to meet you yesterday and look forward to seeing you around the water cooler (police car). Welcome to the family of HPD.

As long as you have not reached your 45th birthday by the time you graduate from the academy, you are eligible to apply. Chief Petty Officer/Police Cadet/Police Officer Roy Underwood took this step and not only succeeded, he excelled.

Serve your Country, Protect your City.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Class 198 transforms to Blue

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Academy Class 198 conducted their final roll call as cadets yesterday morning. Class 199, 200, 201 and 202 were on hand to watch with respect as these cadets finished their task at hand. They graduated after six months of the best police training a man or woman could receive. Talking with cadets from other classes, they were both proud and a bit envious watching the final roll call. They knew that very soon, they to, would be making their final appearance on the courtyard to shout out their names for the last time in a white uniform. You will never forget your classmates or your class number. Welcome to your extended family. Congratulations Class 198, make us proud!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

1-9-8 (far left)

Academy Class 198 graduates tonight! After six months of intense training it all pays off tonight. They worked hard to be able to wear the blue uniform and the badge, now it's time to make a difference. This picture was taken yesterday morning when all current (five) classes were there. After tonight, back to four classes. Look for pictures and video coming up in the next few days celebrating Class 198's graduation. Congratulations and make us proud!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

2008 Komen Houston Race for the Cure

Over 30,000 people attended the 2008 Komen Houston Race for the Cure charity event last Saturday. The Houston Police Department Recruiting unit was happy to attend and appreciates all the kind words from all who visited with us during the event.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Academy Class 202 Starts Today!

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Academy Class 202 started their journey today. Fifty-seven strong and ready to roll. The enthusiasm boiled over as everyone was excited and ready to get started. Police Chief Harold Hurtt, Executive Assistant Chief Martha Montalvo and Chaplain Monty Montgomery along with the academy training staff was on hand to welcome everyone on board. Good luck Class 202, I will see all of you at graduation in six months!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Omaha, Nebraska - Vehicle Pursuit

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This is a police chase caught on dash cameras from Omaha, Nebraska.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dallas School Teachers

I am currently up in the Dallas, Texas area attending a four day school, hence the delayed return of emails. I noticed a news story in this area that is quite huge right now. The Dallas Independent School District is currently in talks to lay off up to 1200 school teachers. If you are a Dallas school teacher and are reading this blog, I would like to welcome you to our department. It has never been easier or a better time to join the Houston Police department. Simply apply online at and start the process. We have a spot for every one of you. Unfortunately, no matter where you live, there will never be a shortage of crime. You should never have to worry about getting laid off as a police officer. Check us out on the website or send me an email if you have further questions at .