Friday, January 29, 2010
The Gallardo Polizia is chock-full of high-tech equipment, not the least of which is that sweet 5.2-liter V10. It will propel the Gallardo Polizia to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, making it just the thing for chasing down criminals or making a run for espresso (or hot donuts).
The latest Polizia model is chock-full of high-tech gear, including a video camera and a GPS unit that will determine exactly how fast you were going when the “Italian Law” finally stops you. It even has a refrigerated cooler for transporting donor organs and a heart defibrillator behind the passenger seat. I wonder if it has cup holders.
I thought it would be fun to “Photoshop” the “real McCoy” above, and see what the Gallardo Polizia model would look like as an HPD patrol car.
“In dreams I think of you.”
Thursday, January 28, 2010
A U.S. Department of Justice-funded research project focusing on the "Hiring In The Spirit of Service" initiative identified the following as core competencies for law enforcement officers:
•Ability to use good judgment and to problem solve
•Capacity for empathy and compassion
•Capacity for multi-tasking
•Ability to demonstrate courage and to take responsibility
•Ability to be resourceful and show initiative
•Possess and demonstrate integrity
•Capacity for engaging in teamwork and ability to collaborate
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Are you honest, ethical and of high moral character? Are you committed to serving and working in partnership with your community? Are you looking for a rewarding career? Houston, Texas is the fourth largest city in the United States and one of the finest and most diverse cities in the country.
You can go as far as your determination takes you. Every sworn member of the Houston Police Department, from the highest-ranking position down, began his or her career as a Police Officer. The experience and knowledge you gain, along with the problem-solving skills you develop, can be used anywhere.
Experience Houston’s rich culture, diverse neighborhoods and give yourself the opportunity that smaller departments simply can not give you.
A career with the Houston Police Department offers stability, attractive compensation, opportunities for advancement, and superb benefits.
With a diverse workforce of over 5100 men and women, the Houston Police Department has over 250 units covering every aspect of law enforcement and community service.
The Houston Police Department offers men and women the opportunity to utilize the latest law enforcement methodologies and technology tools.
The waiting list may seem long, but I promise, the wait is worth it. Apply online today at http://www.hpdcareer.com/ and start your application process. Although we currently have only two classes scheduled, change could occur at anytime and more classes could be scheduled. By applying online today, you will already have your application in our system.
What are you waiting for?
Friday, January 22, 2010
During HPD K-9 tryouts "Tiny Thunder" did well in all phases of testing, however, came up short in the drug detecting phase by pointing out the wrong "coke".
Beat this caption and you will win an HPD lapel pin. Make sure you leave your email address with the caption so that I may get your mailing address if you are voted the winner. Have a great weekend.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Westside- 3203 S. Dairy Ashford (281-584-4700)
Southeast- 8300 Mykawa Rd. (713-731-5000)
Northeast- 8301 Ley Rd. (713-6350200
North Division-9455 N. Montgomery Rd. (281-405-5300)
Fondren- 11168 Fondren Rd. (713-773-7900)
Central- 61 Riesner St. (713-247-4400)
Headquarters- 1200 Travis (713-308-3200)
Kingwood- 3915 Rustic Wood (281-913-4500)
Clear Lake- 2855 Bay Area Blvd. (281-218-3800)
Although this collection effort is being promoted exclusively to HPD employees ( as to not overwhelm resources), the listed stations will accept walk-in donations from citizens.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
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What is a hero? The dictionary describes a hero as a man or woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities. Many fans of this blog are in the military. They are fighting the war on terror at home and abroad. I receive several emails on a daily basis about what it takes to become a police officer once their service to our country is completed. On occasion, a blog reader will send me pictures or videos. This particular video amazed me. Whether you are serving your country while in the military or protecting your city as a police officer, this is one hero you need to know about. To our military friends and fans of HPD, you are all heroes to us and we invite you to consider becoming heroes for Houston. This post is not to say that we prefer military individuals over non-military, it is only an observation about what it takes to become a hero. The military is not for everyone. I personally never served in the military, but I have served this city as a police officer since I was 19 years old. For those of you who want to make a difference everyday right here in our backyard as a police officer, military or not, we invite you to make a difference with the Houston Police Department.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I give you this post today because you care about your community and you are interested in doing whatever you can to make a difference.
Yesterday was Amber Alert Awareness Day. Since its creation in 1996, the AMBER Alert program has helped to find and safely recover 495 abducted children. Today all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have AMBER Alert plans. There is a unique tool available for you to receive Amber Alerts directly to your cell phone. Sign up today and help us save an abducted child in the future. Go to: www.wirelessamberalerts.org
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
If you thrive on self satisfaction, this is the job for you. Among all the aggravations and pitfalls you'll encounter during your career, you'll experience countless opportunities to affect the lives of countless people in so many positive ways. If you decide to become a police officer now, that decision will actually save lives in the future. You'll know when you save a life by the overt action you take. You'll never know how many lives you've saved by just simply being there.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Elvis enjoyed hanging around cops; Elvis, it seems, actually thought of himself as a police officer. Several times, the singer even rode along with police officers as they made their rounds.
Elvis didn’t want to be a chief or a sheriff; he wanted to be a policeman, and thus identified himself with the patrolmen on the force."
Retired Memphis Police Department Captain Robert Ferguson stated that "Elvis was a down-to-earth person in our presence — a man who just happened to be famous." "He actually appeared to be in awe of us, rather than the other way around. It was a special time that none of us will ever forget.”
On January 8, 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon Elvis and Gladys Love Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi. It was just a half hour before his identical twin, Jesse Garon Presley, was delivered stillborn, and Elvis, an only child, was the apple of his parents' eye. They were a poor family, and it was church where Presley found his first musical inspirations.
What does this have to do with recruiting? There is a certain honor about being a police officer. You gain a certain respect from all kinds of people (such as Elvis Presley) who do not choose this profession as their career. The fact that you are willing to go out in the community and make a difference, while risking your life, is something not everyone can do. A career you can be proud of. A career where as an individual or a group, you CAN make a difference.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Click Play AboveTradition held strong as HPD Cadet Class 207 held their final roll call as the sun rose above the police academy yesterday morning. 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 207, it is done a little differently with each cadet of Class 207 slowing down and pronouncing their name loudly and proudly. Later that night, 79 men and women graduated and began wearing the blue uniform, the largest cadet class in HPD history.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Way to go Class 207, make us proud!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The cool thing about this whole ordeal is that while I was still excited and stressed from a long search and having to fight a bad guy, I was still able to make Zach's day. However, it actually made my day.
I am Alpos and I am a HPD K-9. I love my job and knowing that I am helping protect humans like Zach from bad guys makes my day, everyday. I wouldn’t trade a million boxes of milk bones for this job.
Monday, January 4, 2010
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