Friday, April 30, 2010

Rumor Control!

I have been receiving many emails lately about classes being added and classes being cancelled. Here is the latest, straight from the horse's mouth. The May class is still on schedule. No new classes have been scheduled as of today. Hopefully, in the near future more classes will be funded and we will be able to add more officers to the streets. One of my readers sent me a link to a story that Local News Channel 2 KPRC ran a few days ago. It seems that the Mayor is also interested in finding ways to add more officers. Let's hope it works out. We truly appreciate all of our applicant's for being patient and understanding during the application process.

http://www.click2houston.com/video/23296691/index.html

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

Vote today and everyday until May 3, 2010. Time is running out! Your Vote COUNTS - Senior Officer Rick Salter America's Most Wanted All-Star Awards. This is a friendly reminder to cast your vote for Senior Officer Rick Salter in the America's Most Wanted All-Star Voting. This is the final week to cast votes so lets make a strong finish. It is estimated that Rick will need 10,000 -20,000 votes this week alone to make him the National Winner so please continue to spread the word and vote. Rick was seriously injured when shot during the execution of a narcotics search warrant on March 5, 2009. Rick has been engaged in a courageous battle to regain his independence after he was left paralyzed on his left side and having partial blindness.

http://www.amw.com/allstar/2010/

Monday, April 26, 2010

"Steve the Lawnmower Guy"


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Meet "Steve the Lawnmower Guy". A blog fan sent me a series of videos that involve the same suspect (Steve) and the same Deputy Sheriff in every video. I doubt that these videos are real, however, they made me laugh really hard. Mostly because as a police officer I can relate to what the deputy is going through. I seriously doubt a police officer can go through his or her career and never experience at least one incident with a suspect like "Steve the Lawnmower Guy". I know I have come across a bunch of "Steve's" in my career on patrol. Enjoy... :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Officers in Action


Senior Police Officer M. Belinoski was very aware of several night time residential burglaries that had been occurring in the area of Bunker Hill, Long Point and Pine Lake. Recently, while on patrol, Officer Belinoski was dispatched to a burglary call where a suspect had entered the victims home while they were asleep.... Officer Belinoski was able to lift some palm prints at the home and submit them for identification. The prints that he lifted were matched perfectly with a suspect who was recently arrested for stealing a car. It was also determined that during the time that the suspect was in jail for the stolen car, no similar burglaries had taken place in the identified area. Due to Senior Police Officer Belinoski’s diligence and attention to duty, a dangerous felon was identified as the suspect in these burglaries and taken off the street.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Police car of the future?



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A company called Carbon Motors (www.carbonmotors.com) has designed the E7—the world’s first purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle. The representatives brought the car to the Houston Police Academy this past Tuesday to give us a first hand look. Could this be the future of law enforcement?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Vote Everyday!

Richard "Rick" Salter - Nomination for 2010 AMW All-Star Award - RICK NEEDS YOUR VOTE!! As you know, Houston Police Officer Rick Salter was seriously injured when shot during the execution of a narcotics search warrant on March 5, 2009. Rick has been engaged in a courageous battle to regain his independence after he was left paralyzed on his left side and having partial blindness. Accomplishing part of his goal, Rick is now able to walk and is continuing a daily regimen of aggressive physical therapy.

In honor of his great sacrifice in defending the Houston community for over 27 years, Rick has been nominated for the America’s Most Wanted - 2009 AMW All-Star Award. Please show your support for Rick’s nomination by voting for him on the America’s Most Wanted website. Just go to www.amw.com/allstar/2010 and find Rick Salter’s nomination. Click on his photo and then click VOTE. You will be prompted to input your email address and enter an encrypted word/words to finalize your vote. A message will indicate your vote has been counted. You can vote for Rick once a day every day. This is a small effort for the sacrifice he has made.

Voting ends May 3, 2010, so please vote everyday.

www.amw.com/allstar/2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Could this be the future one day?

Carbon Motors was out at the police academy this morning showing off the their new concept police car. One lucky cadet from academy class 208 got a first hand look and was nice enough to pose for the camera. Check back tomorrow for more information and a video regarding this event. In the mean time, check out this post from a previous blog post regarding Carbon Motors.
http://www.hpdblog.com/2010/01/future-of-policing.html

Monday, April 19, 2010

Vote Everyday!


Richard "Rick" Salter - Nomination for 2010 AMW All-Star Award - RICK NEEDS YOUR VOTE!! As you know, Houston Police Officer Rick Salter was seriously injured when shot during the execution of a narcotics search warrant on March 5, 2009. Rick has been engaged in a courageous battle to regain his independence after he was left paralyzed on his left side and having partial blindness. Accomplishing part of his goal, Rick is now able to walk and is continuing a daily regimen of aggressive physical therapy.

In honor of his great sacrifice in defending the Houston community for over 27 years, Rick has been nominated for the America’s Most Wanted - 2009 AMW All-Star Award. Please show your support for Rick’s nomination by voting for him on the America’s Most Wanted website. Just go to www.amw.com/allstar/2010 and find Rick Salter’s nomination. Click on his photo and then click VOTE. You will be prompted to input your email address and enter an encrypted word/words to finalize your vote. A message will indicate your vote has been counted. You can vote for Rick once a day every day. This is a small effort for the sacrifice he has made.

Voting ends May 3, 2010, so please vote everyday.

www.amw.com/allstar/2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

At least he used his blinker...

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The man in this video had been ticketed by a Buffalo Grove, Illinois police officer ran backward and up onto a squad car, apparently in his haste to drive off. He had been pulled over by the officer for driving 58 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The officer wrote the ticket and returned to the car, and violator got ready to drive away. Except he went flying backward. He apparently was going to pull away at a high rate of speed, but the only problem was that he was in reverse.

The officer, a 20-year veteran of the Buffalo Grove department, was not injured. The car ended up with the left rear wheel of the car coming through his windshield, about 6 inches from the officer's face. He was not injured.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Really?

As a cadet, police officer or even a K-9, you will be asked to do things while at work that will take some fortitude on your part. Do you have what it takes?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Boss!


Mayor Annise Parker has just made it official and has sworn in Charles McClelland Jr. as Houston's newest Chief of Police.

Charles McClelland Jr. has dedicated his career to public safety and criminal justice. He has served over thirty-two years with the Houston Police Department. Chief McClelland rose through the ranks during his thirty-two year career beginning as a patrol officer in 1977. He was promoted to the department’s command staff in 1998, and his management experience has touched virtually every aspect of law enforcement throughout his career with the Houston Police Department.

Chief McClelland holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy and has received numerous awards and commendations.

Chief McClelland is a proponent of community based policing. His managerial experience and training has allowed him to work with various government officials and business leaders in developing crime prevention strategies and promoting a safe environment in diverse communities throughout the city.

He has two daughters, Ashley and Brittany.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Looking Sharp 2 0 8 !










I got a chance to go out to the academy this morning and wanted to share some pictures of Academy Class 208 in the gym. They looked sharp and focused. Stay strong 208!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Technology and quick thinking help save a kidnapping victim.

On March 5, 2010, Officer Matthew Peters received a call regarding a kidnapping in progress. After arriving on the scene, Officer Peters was unable to locate the vehicle that the kidnapping victim was said to be in. Several Eastside patrol officers checked by on the scene in an attempt to search the surrounding area for the suspect’s vehicle. After a diligent search the vehicle could not be found.

The person who called the police originally (reportee) had called 911 from the Northwest side of town. It was learned from this person who is friends with the victim that he had received a text message from the victim that she had been taken by the suspect from the Walmart in Pasadena and that she was at the South Loop and Broadway.

Officer Peters, now knowing that the victim had a cell phone, decided to send a text message to the victim. The victim responded by texting back to Officer Peters that she was physically fine, but scared. Officer Peters remained in contact with the victim by texting her. Officer Peters kept the dispatcher and other officers involved of the situation as they continued searching the freeways.

Through the texting, it was learned that the victim and her kidnapper were traveling towards Pasadena. The victim continued to text her location and Officer Peters relayed this information to an HPD helicopter (76 Fox) that spotted the vehicle and notified the patrol officers on the ground of its location. The suspect’s vehicle was pulled over without incident.

The victim did not sustain any physical injuries and the suspect was arrested without incident.

We commend Officer Peters and the all officers involved in this effort which lead to the eventual apprehension of the suspect and the safe recovery of the victim. The professionalism, patience, and quick thinking in which Officer Peters displayed during this incident is highly commendable.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

City Council Honors one of HPD’s Finest

Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Councilmembers honored HPD Police Officer Muzaffar Siddiqi yesterday for receiving the “2010 Outstanding Asian Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.”

Officer Siddiqi began his law enforcement career with the Karachi Police in Pakistan hunting terrorists and protecting VIPS. He joined the Houston Police Department in 1997.

Officer Siddiqi received the award for his outstanding dedication to public safety and community service.

Congratulations and thanks for making us proud!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Strength and Honor

On February 9, 2010, Houston Police Officer Frank L. Pierce was shot twice in the abdomen after interrupting a suspected burglary while he was off duty. Even though Frank had been shot twice, his attitude remained strong throughout recovery. From critical condition, to back on patrol in less than a month, Frank returned to work this week. His co-workers (family in blue) had a surprise waiting for him and his wife was there to take some pictures to share with us. Welcome back Frank.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wear your vest!


On August 12, 2007, at approximately 0500 hours, Officer Kwami Ahiabor, of the Southwest Division, was returning home from work when he onviewed a suspect trying to break into a vehicle in the apartment complex parking garage where he lives and provides security. Officer Ahiabor was wearing his his police uniform along with his vest at the time. He attempted to arrest the suspect but the suspect did not comply. The suspect began to run away from Officer Ahiabor. Officer Ahiabor gave chase through the parking lot in an attempt to apprehend the suspect. The suspect rounded a parked vehicle drew a .44 caliber weapon and fired twice at Officer Ahiabor. Officer Ahiabor was struck on the right side of his ribcage, just below his right pectoral muscle. Investigators were able to identify the suspect. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault of a police officer. Ultimately, the investigation revealed that Officer Ahiabor's Level II body armor stopped the suspects .44 caliber projectile and prevented him from sustaining serious bodily injury.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Opening Day!

The Astro's are back in swing and baseball season is here. I came across this old HPD baseball team photo and I thought I would share. I am not sure of the year, but by the look of the gloves, maybe 1940's or early 50's. It seems the Houston police department has always had team sports, whether it be softball, football, basketball or even bowling. That's what HPD is about, camaraderie. You will never find a better brotherhood or sisterhood, than you will with HPD. Every year, the State of Texas, puts on the Police Olympics. You can compete in just about anything you want. Apply today and maybe one day you will become part of a winning team and bring home the gold for Houston.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Identity Theft





This Easter please be on the look out for crooks wanting to steal your identity.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

One horsepower or 640 horsepower?


In order to save fuel consumption, go “green” and to re-introduce tradition, the Houston Police Department has purchased 800 new horses and will be transitioning each patrol officer from their patrol car to a horse. However, according to sources we could go a different direction if Lamborghini gives us a discount on their latest police car design. Enjoy your day, it's April 1st!