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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
The following is a brief summary of the type of arrests made by the officers:
Capital Murder – one arrest
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child – one arrest
Aggravated Sexual Assault of the Elderly – one arrest
Indecency with a Child - one arrest
Fail to Register as Sex Offender – one arrest
Child Pornography – fourteen arrests
Aggravated Robbery – ten arrests
Aggravated Assault – seventeen arrests
Kidnapping - two arrests
Narcotics – twenty-six arrests
Burglary – nine arrests
Felony Theft/Fraud – thirteen arrests
Felon in Possession of Firearm – one arrest
Engage in Organized Crime – one arrest
Other Felonies - five arrests
The contribution that these officers make to the safety of the citizens of Houston is immeasurable and should be commended.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Last month, Officer R. Worsham, and Officer S. Blevins were dispatched to a suspicious person call. Officer Worsham and Officer Blevins arrived at the location minutes after being dispatched and quickly realized the call was a burglary of a motor vehicle in progress involving two suspects. The officers quickly detained one of the suspects close to the original scene and then began a search for the second suspect who fled the scene on foot. Officer Blevins caught the second suspect after a brief foot chase in an adjacent neighborhood.
The suspects were brought back to the scene and identified by the victims whose vehicles were burglarized. All of the property stolen by the suspects was recovered and returned to the rightful owners.
Many of the crime problems facing our city are due to criminals, such as these suspects, who roam our streets. We are proud to recognize the contributions of these two officers to the quality of life in Houston. This arrest is an excellent example of teamwork, dedication and cooperation leading to a successful conclusion without incident. Because of the efforts and dedication of these officers, the city of Houston is a better and safer place to live and work. Due to the officers’ professionalism, keen instincts and innate skills they arrested two suspects and quite possibly stopped further burglaries that plague our city.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Once the badge goes on, it never comes off, whether they can see it, or not. It fuses to the soul through adversity, fear and adrenaline and no one who has ever worn it with pride, integrity and guts, can ever sleep through the 'call of the wild' that wafts through bedroom windows in the deep of the night.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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Ever wonder why police officers write tickets for speeding? Believe me, you will get that question many times when you become a police officer on patrol. I wish I had a nickel for everyone who asked me "don't you have anything better to do than write me a ticket for speeding ?" Watch this video closely. It captures a 19 year old who was travelling over 100 mph while weaving in and out of traffic lose control of his 3500 pound car. He survived, but I bet he wishes he was pulled over for speeding before this occurred.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Part of police work involves common sense and quick thinking on your feet. I am sure that it is not intended for these kinds of situations, but it still helps.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child – five arrests
Aggravated Sexual Assault - two arrests
Child Pornography – twelve arrests
Kidnapping – one arrest
Aggravated Robbery – three arrests
Aggravated Assault – twenty-three arrests
Burglary – eight arrests
Narcotics – twenty-seven arrests
Felony Theft – fifteen arrests
Weapons Offenses –four arrests
Other Felonies –six arrests
During their assignment, these officers displayed an outstanding level of determination, dedication, and resourcefulness that sets the standard for all officers to follow. Officers Harvey and Odom also demonstrated a high level of tactical proficiency, as well as an impressive knowledge of the local criminals and the local hot spots for criminal activity.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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Last Saturday (August 14, 2010) a pair of zebras created problems in Sacramento County, California.
Forrest Gump's mama said it best. I just want to change the words from "life" to, "police work" is like a box of chocolates. I mean really, how many careers are out there where everyday is different and is never boring.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Officer Smith moved in to assist Alpos and took the suspect to the ground when he noticed that the suspect was holding a screwdriver. The suspect not only stabbed Alpos but also stabbed Officer Smith in his chest, cutting through his uniform shirt, but was stopped by his bulletproof vest. The suspect continued struggling with Officer Smith and again attempted to stab him. Fearing for his life, Officer Smith removed his duty weapon and fired one shot at the suspect, fatally striking him.
Alpos was treated by a veterinarian and after some healing time, made a full recovery.
Officer Smith and Alpos were recently awarded the Hostile Engagement Award by the Chief of Police, Charles A. McClelland Jr.
Monday, August 16, 2010
A minimum of two years active duty in the United States armed forces and received an honorable discharge;
At least five years of full-time employment as a peace officer licensed by TCLEOSE or an equivalent licensing entity in another state.
Friday, August 13, 2010
The people were almost into the Denny’s when one of them saw the security guard sitting in his car. The people immediately turned around and walked away from the restaurant. The security guard knew of the previous robberies, thought the people were acting extremely suspicious, so he called the police.
This call to the police set in motion a series of events that occurred so quickly that for the sequence to be understood time entries have to be listed in seconds.
3:24:22 a.m.: A Robbery in Progress call slip of the Denny’s was generated.
3:24:38 a.m.: Officer L. Ingle was dispatched to the call as the primary officer.
3:25:15 a.m.: Officer A. Garcia responds to the call as a backup officer.
3:25:59 a.m.: Officer A. Garcia arrives at the location and finds the suspects.
3:27:39 a.m.: All suspects including the getaway driver are detained.
When the first three suspects were taken into custody, Officer L. Ingle saw a vehicle sitting on the side of the road a short distance away behind the Denny’s restaurant. A careful observation of this vehicle found a fourth suspect sitting in it with the headlights off and the motor running. This suspect was also apprehended and later determined to be the getaway driver.
Once all of the suspects were found and detained, an investigation was started to determine what was actually going to have happened at the Denny’s that night.
While handling the suspects, numerous items of evidence were discovered. First, all four of the suspects were noted to be dressed in all black clothes and two of the suspects had gloves in their possession. Another suspect had a BB gun on him that had been modified to look like a real pistol. A third suspect was found to be in possession of a kitchen knife with a 9 ½ inch blade. Finally, several cans of pepper spray were recovered and the fourth suspect had a “Taser” type of stun device on her.
The following morning Senior Police Officer L. Roberts who is assigned to the Robbery Division received the case for investigation and interviewed the four suspects. A series of confessions and haphazard statements about what was going on that night concluded Officer Roberts’s investigation into this incident.
While at this time there appears no way to link these suspects to the other two robberies at the same Denny’s, all four of these suspects were subsequently charged by Officer Roberts with the felony offense of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery.
What was to be a violent takeover style robbery of a Denny’s restaurant was stopped in ninety-seven seconds by the alert observations of a nearby security guard and more importantly, by the timely arrival of Officers A. Garcia and L. Ingle. Without this quick response, the four suspects in this incident would have easily gotten away and would never have been charged with a crime. Four repeat criminal offenders were taken off the streets of Houston by good police work.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Test Question: What do you see in this picture that could be considered against the law?
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
"Kuzya" the parrot is the pet of Gennadi Kurkul, who lives in London, and said that he’s delighted with his crime-busting pal. ‘It must have been about 4am when he heard Kuzya let out a massive scream. The noise he made must have terrified the burglars because they ran straight out of the house. You could hear it all over the Docklands’, Mr Kurkul told local newspapers. When the crooks opened the door and entered the house, Kuzya made sure to scare them off. His owner continued: ‘He’s a fantastic bird. He follows me all round the house like a dog. ‘I don’t keep him in a cage, he just finds a spot at night where he likes to sleep and settles down there – sometimes under the stairs.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
As part of the Ripley House’s Back-to-School Community Health Fair, uniformed HPD officers fingerprinted more than 400 children and then provided the parents with Child Identification Kits.
Children of area residents also received health information and back to school supplies.
"It’s a great way to help the kids and their parents get ready for the upcoming school year," said HPD Senior Police Officer J.F. Sanchez.
Working together, Houston police and the public can help "Keep Houston Safe."
For more safety information, visit our website at www.houstonpolice.org
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Click Play AboveWhile on patrol you should always be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you at all times. The quick reactions of this officer and a little luck saved his life. The telephone pole looks liked it was possessed and was tossed about like balsa wood. Watch this video and remember it when you become a police officer. Always access the situation and surroundings while on your call for service.
Monday, August 2, 2010
He was trained and shown by a professional rider in Jumper competitions throughout Germany. Once he retired from jumping he was purchased by Ms. Felicia Bures. Gray arrived in Houston in the fall of 2000 to be her dressage horse. In 2001 Ms. Bures contacted HPD Mounted Patrol to see if Gray might be considered as a candidate for the program. Once it was discovered that Gray had the goods, he was given a job on the force that he loved, and a partner, Senior Officer Dennis Spradlin, that was devoted to him.
Gray has worked numerous special events throughout his career including parades, protests, World Series, Super Bowl, officer’s funerals, dignitary assignments and Hurricane Katrina relief assignments.
Gray also participated in hundreds of demonstrations and entertained thousands of people throughout his career.
Ms. Bures wanted HPD to know that she is beyond proud of the wonderful job Gray has done during his years of service and wanted to give a special thank you to HPD Mounted officers, Senior Officer Greg Sokoloski for his commitment to the program, and to Senior Officer Dennis Spradlin for his love and devotion to Gray.