Wednesday, September 30, 2009

80's TV, Good and Bad

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When I posted a picture from the classic TV show called "Hill Street Blues" last night, it made me wonder about TV shows from the eighties and how they portrayed police officers and what we do on a daily basis. From a classic like Hill Street Blues to a forgettable show such as the one above. Does anyone remember this show? I have to admit, I watched it until it got cancelled, but back then I watched anything police related. The sad part is, I remember the show being pretty good until they broke out in song and dance. For all of you thinking about joining HPD, roll calls are not like this at all the stations. :)

Monday, September 28, 2009


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.

Most K-9 teams are assigned to patrol, while others are assigned to explosive and narcotics detection. Many of the dogs have a dual purpose and are as such trained. When not working, the dogs live with their handlers and their families.

The K-9 Units work along side patrol officers. These dogs are trained to protect the handler and other officers while on scenes. They are trained to assist an officer even without being called. The dogs are extremely useful when searching buildings, fields and parks. Explosive and narcotics detection is a major resource for police officers. They can be used to track the direction of travel of a fleeing suspect. Upon locating the suspect, the K-9 will bark to advise the handler of the find.

The dogs offer significant advantages such as speed, efficiency, managing limited spaces and the ability to locate suspects without being detected.

One of the most important purposes of a police dog is to function as a deterrent. During mass demonstrations, the police dog functions as an effective crowd control tool. If strategically deployed, one trained K-9 Team is comparable to approximately ten police officers.

Friday, September 25, 2009


The Houston SWAT team was established in the early 1970's to deal with a variety of circumstances the average patrol officer was not equipped to handle. It was originally staffed as a part time unit, but over the years the team has evolved into a very specialized full time unit with state of the art equipment to assist in its mission. The goal of the SWAT team is to save lives, and officers within the unit routinely go above and beyond to accomplish their objective.

Houston's SWAT team is dedicated to a high level of professionalism through constant and realistic training. Officers must maintain a consistent and elevated level of proficiency with all tactics, weapons systems, as well as a myriad of various, high tech equipment.

Tryouts for the team are generally held once a year. Officers must also maintain physical strength and endurance. A physical test is given at random every few months. Officers must have at least three years in patrol before they can apply for the team. If accepted, an officer will be placed on the part time team while he maintains his current position within the department. Upon making this team, the officer will train with full time officers one week of every month to learn the skills necessary to do the job. Once on the full time team, an officer will be trained to become and Assaulter or Marksmen, depending on the needs of the unit and his individual skill level.

Houston SWAT officers spend much of their time training other officers outside the division as well. SWAT officers are also tasked with training other specialized divisions when the need arises.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Moving Downtown!

The 1,100 pound HPD helicopter from the police academy museum, having seen the 1952 patrol car being refurbished, was starving for a little attention itself and was ready for a move to new surroundings. Therefore, both the vintage patrol car and helicopter will soon be in the lobby at the main police headquarters at 1200 Travis for visitors to enjoy.

The movement of a full size helicopter was not an easy matter. However, with the help of C&H Rigging Services, the helicopter is safe on the ground, and ready for the next part of it's journey. We would like to thank the crew for safely "landing" our helicopter in very tight quarters.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Can you imagine?

Can you imagine being told not to pursue a suspect on foot?

I suggest you join HPD. We allow foot pursuits. :)

Check out this YOUTUBE video.

Monday, September 21, 2009

And now a word from your President

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Academy Class 205 graduated last week. 77 more men and women are now on streets making a difference. Academy Class 205 President David Dedo shares a few words for the blog.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Become a Fan today. Let's help spread the positive news about HPD. I will be posting a new "What did you do?" video of Academy Class 205 tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Final Roll Call - 205 Tonight you start wearing the blue!

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Tradition held strong as Class 205 held their final roll call as the sun rose above the police academy this morning. Academy Classes 206 and Class 207 watched Class 205 with pride, knowing that they too will soon be performing their final roll call. All the cadet classes will stand in formation during roll call and will announce their names one by one very quickly. Throughout training, roll calls are done the same way every time, every morning. However, on graduation day, such as Class 205, it is done a little differently with each cadet of Class 205 slowing down and pronouncing their name loudly and proudly. Congratulations 205, make us proud.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Not enough "treats" in the world to keep me on this detail!

Looks like a man hunt in progress and the officer came across what looks to be underwear. Check out the dog's reaction to the find.

Monday, September 14, 2009

What Year?

Do you know what year this photo was taken? First one to answer correctly wins a recruiting T-Shirt. Please leave the year and your email address in the comment section. Good luck!

Friday, September 11, 2009

9-11 Memorial Video

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Pictures from Memorial Service

Courtesy of Jenna Whyte, HPD Photo Lab

Take a moment...

Good morning everyone. Today we honor those who perished eight years ago in New York City. As a special tribute, HPD and HFD will combine to honor those in a special memorial at 8:59 this morning. I encourage you to check back to view the video later this afternoon. Stay safe today and take a moment to remember.

The ninth month brought the end to many,
The eleventh was a day of testing
Nine one one a call for help from any
It left no time of resting.

True warriors dressed in red suits
Navy blue or yellow
They called in all the recruits
to rescue ailing fellow.

What senseless acts of violence
Rain down on us today
what path will cross with terror
and cause us great dismay?

This is the world our children face.
Their lives are being molded.
The acts of hate, time won't erase,
Like a shroud it has enfolded.

What can we say? What can we do?
As time whirls swiftly by
Let love be instilled with a family view
So our values never die.

Unknown Author

Thursday, September 10, 2009


I grabbed this shot this morning and wanted to share. This is one of our helicopters on patrol. We call them "Fox". From riding a horse to flying a helicopter, you can do it here with HPD.
Make sure you click on the picture to make it larger. It will make a great desktop background for your computer.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Coming Friday

The Houston Police Department and the Houston Fire Department will be remembering the victims of the 9-11 tragedy. As an honor to the fallen, look for a video tribute coming this Friday. It will be a must see.

Friday, September 4, 2009


Have you seen this guy? While wearing a silver sweat-inducing jogging suit and toting a pistol (and a nice haircut) robbed two Houston banks last Friday. Because of his distinctive get-up, which included sunglasses, the FBI has labeled him the “Sweatin' to the Oldies” robber. You see, the FBI does have a since of humor. Notify authorities if you recognize him (or Richard Simmons.)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thanks for all your help!

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We had a wonderful group of interns helping us out this summer in the Human Resources Division. We celebrated with cake and punch as we said our goodbyes a few weeks ago. This video was made all in fun, you guys know this. Thank you for all the hard work.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

This crook had a bad day that got worse...

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It seems the police are trained do things a little different over there. Ouch.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Texting while driving?

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All of us should be thanking this poor individual. His video has become viral and by watching it, could change your thought process next time you think about texting while driving.