Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year - 2010

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support of the HPD Blog. I know that lately the news has not been encouraging regarding upcoming classes. As you can see with the new year fast approaching tonight, time really does fly. Before you know it, we will have new classes to fill. Please be careful tonight. The recruiting office is closed tomorrow.

Again, thank you for the support and making this blog a success.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Recruiting Unit and Academy Class Update

The downturn in the economy significantly increased our applicant numbers. As a result, we are experiencing a high volume of applications which is resulting in longer processing times. We apologize for any inconvenience and ask that you remain patient.

We have two classes of 70 cadets each scheduled to begin on March 21, 2011, and May 23, 2011. If you are interested in applying, you should do so as soon as possible to increase your chance of being in the applicant pool for these classes. If you have already applied and have not been contacted for an interview, please note that you do not need to reapply since your application is awaiting processing.

Please check back at: or visit HPD at Facebook at for updated information on applicant processing.

If you have any additional questions, please contact HPD Recruiting at 713-308-1300 or 800-252-0473.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mounted Patrol

HPD has one of the largest Mounted Patrol Units within the United States.

Monday, December 28, 2009

So many Accident Reports!

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As a police officer you will be called upon to make an occasional accident report from time to time. Let's just hope it's not anything like what is in this video which a reader sent me over the holiday.

A tunnel in Russia is the longest in-city tunnel in the world. It is nicknamed 'The Tunnel of Death'. See for yourself why. There is a river running over the tunnel, and water leaks through in some areas. When the temperature reaches nearly 0°C (like it does during the winter in Russia ), the road freezes and becomes slippery. The result is seen in the video which was taken during a single day with the tunnel surveillance camera.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!

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The Recruiting office will be closed on Thursday (24th) and Friday (25th) to celebrate the Christmas holiday. You may still apply online at to start the process. Remember, it could take up to eight weeks to be contacted once your application is submitted.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Don't Drink and Drive

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This is a very creative video from TXDOT. I wanted to remind all our applicants this holiday season do not drink and drive. Not only could you harm or kill others you would lose your chance at this career. If you have ever been convicted of a DWI you are not eligible to become a police officer for ten years from the date of conviction.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Funny Friday

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It's Friday and ti's the season. Can you tell which one needs policing in this classic Ernie Ford sing along? Be safe and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

HPD K-9 "Alpos" - Guest Blogger

Hello everyone, my name is Alpos. I work for the HPD K-9 detail and Officer McCoy was nice enough to let me share a true police story with you today. I love this job and I think you will too.

I received a call for a forgery in progress the other day. I arrived and found a "man hunt" taking place. It turns out that an officer was dispatched to this call and when he arrived he learned that two bad guys were attempting to cash a stolen check. One of the officers approached them while they were trying to leave, the driver sprayed the officer in the face with pepper spray! The officer fell to the ground hitting his head on a curb. Then the bad guy ran away. The second suspect surrendered to the arriving officers. I began to search for the bad guy who had run away, who everyone believed was long gone. I never give up that easily. I picked up the guy's scent in a large parking lot that contained several cars. I came across the bad guy's lost shoe and chewed it it's personal. The wind was out of the southeast and I could smell the bad guy. He was close. My partner and I began to check all the parked cars in the parking lot. We figured he was hiding under one of them. All of the sudden I caught the bad guy's odor (sort of like molded cheese) about seventy yards away in a dumpster. I pulled my partner like crazy toward the dumpster, jumped on the side of it and began barking. My partner ordered the suspect out of the dumpster. He gave up and was taken to jail. By the way, the officer that hit his head on the curb is going to be alright. I gave him a lick.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Has it been two years already?

The following post was written by Officer Michael Herb, President of Academy Class 196.

December 10th, 2007: my first day in the academy. It is hard to believe but two years have flown by since that day. It has been a great two years with HPD. Not a day goes by that I second guess my decision to join the Houston Police Department. As many of you dedicated readers know, I spent my first year going through training (6 months in the academy and 6 months training on patrol). During my second year I have been on night shift patrol at Central Station. I enjoyed my time on patrol but about a month ago saw an opportunity for a different position and went for it. In October of this year, I transferred to the Traffic Enforcement Division, DWI Task Force.

Now, instead of answering calls for service, I am out patrolling every night looking for intoxicated drivers. When I am not out looking for intoxicated drivers on my own, I am helping patrol officers process intoxicated drivers that they have stopped. Every night is entertaining. You never know what intoxicated drivers will do or say. I am not out there arresting people wanted for violent crimes, but I know that every time I make an arrest; that is one less intoxicated driver that could cause a fatal car crash on the roads.

On a lighter note, I have found other fun activities to do with the department. This past fall, my brothers and sisters in blue won the HPD softball championship for Central Station. Our softball league included teams from many other patrol stations from around the city. This past year, I also joined the HPD Honor Guard. The Honor Guard goes to functions all over the city to represent HPD at different events. We present the flags at special events, march in parades, and also attend all HPD officers (current and retired) funerals. As a bagpiper, I have been called on numerous times to help honor our fallen brothers and sisters.

Finally, I have also joined the HPD bike relay team. This June, we will be riding from Houston, Texas to Denver, Colorado to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I have decided to dedicate my ride to an 8 year old girl from my home state of New York who is currently undergoing the fight of her life. You can visit the team’s website at or visit my personal page at

Help us knock out these blood cancers! All the money raised will be going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For past updates on Officer Herb's career with HPD please visit past blog posts at the following links:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Six toes on one foot DOES not disqualify you

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One of our employees in the Recruiting Unit showed me this video from back when she was in high school. Her friends filmed it about seven years ago while still in High School. It's basically about a guy who wanted to be a police officer but was unable to become one. It is really funny. I found myself laughing out loud and I wanted to share.

If you have six toes on one foot that is alright with us. However, you must have at least sixty semester hours of college from an accredited university with at least a 2.0 GPA or two years of active military service with an honorable discharge. Your height must be in proportion to your weight and you must be between the ages of 21 and 44. No more than two moving violations within two years prior to submitting your application. For more information on the qualifications to become a police officer please visit

Monday, December 14, 2009

Don't run from the police in South Africa!

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A reader sent me this video and said it was filmed in South Africa during a police pursuit. After viewing this video all I could think of was, if you are ever in South Africa you would be well advised to stop for the police.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Checking it twice, for him!

I saw Santa at Baybrook Mall yesterday. He told me that he was really busy this year and asked me to help out with the "Naughty List". I told him "that's what I do" and would be rounding up people on the list all night, what's a few more....

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Suspect in training...

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I was watching the Jay Leno show the other night and he showed this video of a kitten from YouTube. Everyone was going crazy about how cute it was. It's cute I guess, but being a police officer for almost 28 years may have corrupted my way of thinking. It looks to me like this kitten is practicing for what to do when he gets arrested by the police when he becomes an adult cat. I'm just saying...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Sgt. Daryl Brown can thank the Navy for not only training him and getting him ready to join the police force after leaving the sea service, but also for introducing him to his second career.

Brown grew up in Texas, but left the Lone Star State to join the Navy. He served as an intelligence specialist and took part in Desert Storm. After serving four years, he came back to Texas to get his college degree, but he stayed in the Reserve and was eventually activated. During the activation, he trained with police officers from New Orleans and Houston.

I had taken a personality-profile test at the University of Houston, Brown said. It said I had similar thoughts and ideas to two occupations: police officer and optometrist. I guess it was meant to be.

He joined up and then served 13 years on the police dive team and even went back to the Navy dive school with a group of other police divers. He has also served in the vice department, had duty as a city marshal, done undercover work and for the past year-and-a-half worked in recruiting.

The military translates right into our line of work, Brown said. We also have rules of engagement, a command structure, equipment to use and maintain, a code of conduct we are expected to adhere to in all circumstances and important policies and procedures.

The Houston Police Department is the largest municipal police department in Texas. Because of that, according to Brown, its officers have more opportunities and better chances to move up than in other police departments. He points to his own career when it comes to someone having a diverse choice of opportunities. I may not have been able to have these kinds of opportunities in other police departments, Brown said.

Applicants are screened carefully before they are brought on board by the Houston Police Department. There is a credit check, pre-screening questionnaire, interviews, physical agility test, polygraph exam, background investigation, drug testing and physiological testing and evaluation. Its similar with other police departments of about the same size and something that the Houston PD takes very seriously.

The next class isn't until March 2010, but Brown says that applicants shouldn't wait to get their paperwork in and to contact the department. There is a second class in May of next year, but at press time there were no other classes scheduled in 2010. Brown, however, expects more classes to be added later in 2010. About 70 applicants are accepted in each class.

Each application is good for one year, so if a service member is thinking about getting out (of the military) and would like to join the department they should turn in their application about three months before their last day in the military, Brown said. I would encourage anyone who is considering joining us to take part in our ride-along program to see what it is like to be a police officer.

Brown also noted that Houston has grown in recent years and that the police department is currently determining who is retiring. He expects the department to be hiring for a number of years and also noted that it has never laid off classified personnel.

Houston is also a great place to live and work, Brown said. There is affordable housing and lots of diversity and culture. Veterans will take to it and working at the Houston PD right away.

By Jim Van Slyke
Search & Employ Magazine

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sniffing around for a New Career?

Alpos, one of our many fine four legged officers, showed the great discipline he learned during his outstanding training within the Houston Police department and abstained from taking a bite. Are looking to become one of the best trained police officers in the country? Apply today at and start the process.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Beat this Caption!

The good news: We have a replacement for your lost K-9.

The bad news: Not only is he a pig, his name is "Donut".

Beat this caption and win a brand new HPD lapel pin from 1994 (collectors item). Make sure you leave your email address so that I may notify you.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Don't see this in Houston everyday...

Pictured: Sergeant D. Brown, HPD Recruiting Unit.
Yes people, that is snow.

How many can you do?

ABC Local Channel 13 did a story recently about two of our recent graduates that broke individual push up records at the police academy while they were cadets. If you missed the story, click on this link to see it:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tis the Season

It's the holiday season. I thought it would be nice to decorate the blog for the month of December. What do you want for Christmas this year? How about a new career? Apply today at to start the process.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fa la la la la la la la la la...

A woman remains in serious condition at a Houston hospital today after she was struck by a vehicle in an apparent dispute over a parking spot in southwest Houston, police said.
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The holiday season is upon us.

You see, as a police officer, you never know what kind of call for service you may get.