Thursday, September 30, 2010

Congratulations 2-0-8

At 6:30 p.m. TODAY, the Houston Police Department will hold a cadet graduation ceremony at the M.O. Campbell Education Center, at 1865 Aldine Bender. Chief McClelland will recognize the 67 men and women, Cadet Class 208, who will graduate from the HPD Academy. Congratulations 2-0-8, MAKE US PROUD!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Officers in Action

The Crime Reduction Unit of the Gang Division was formed in late 2007 to be a new, flexible, crime fighting tool. The unit’s mission is to address crime problems in specific areas experiencing high rates of narcotics activity, violent crimes, and gang activity. When requested, the unit works with investigators from other divisions within the department and other agencies.

Since it’s inception in November of 2007, to present, the Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) personnel have clearly demonstrated their ability to seek out and arrest career criminals. They have filed over 8,050 felony charges and over 2,370 misdemeanor charges on suspects. The have also executed over 2,000 felony and 11,040 misdemeanor warrants.

Arrest histories of these suspects include murders, narcotics charges, weapons charges, robberies, burglaries, auto thefts, thefts, sex offenses, and assorted other charges. In addition, officers assigned to the Crime Reduction Unit recovered over 890 firearms and documented over 3,480 criminal street gang members into the Gang Tracker System.

The Houston Police Department would like to recognize their dedication and professionalism. We would also like to acknowledge this unit’s tireless work ethic and fortitude in a very difficult and dangerous job.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

HPD on Facebook!

You may or may not know, but HPD is on Facebook. Become a fan today and get the latest news on HPD straight from the source.

Simply click on the link and click the "LIKE" button.

See you there!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Houston Police Foundation

The Houston Police Department comes to life at the ThIrd Annual “True Blue” Fundraiser.

Guests attending the annual Houston Police Foundation fundraiser on October 2, at the River Oaks home of Houston Police Foundation Chairman, Tilman Fertitta, will experience an evening in “Blue Hawaii” complete with fire dancers, hula girls and dramatic demonstrations from the Houston Police Department.

This event will honor Houston’s finest men and women in blue for their dedication and service to the community.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

Friday, September 24, 2010

Stop Houston Gangs

At a news briefing yesterday, Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland Jr, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Harris County District Attorney Patricia Lykos, members of the Houston area Multi-Agency Gang Task Force (MAGTF) and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies announced a new public crime fighting tool.

The website was created to inform and educate the public about criminal gangs and provide a way for residents to report anonymous tips about potential criminal gang activity. This community policing initiative was designed to help keep our communities safe from gangs and the related violence they bring.

The website ( is a measure that utilizes technology to partner with the community and increase awareness through education regarding the threat of criminal gang activity. Residents can also access information about prevention and intervention programs.

This website will be listed under the link section on the right side of this blog for future need.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Push Ups anyone?

Cadets from Academy Class 209 developing upper body strength....they look so happy. They really do.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Looks like Fun!

Proceeds Benefit - The 100 Club of Houston

Spartan Race '5k Sprint Series' – Houston TX arrives at the Magnolia Hill Ranch, October 3rd for an epic day-long competition beginning at 10 a.m.
The Spartan Race is an international running series that revives the spirit of an adventurous age. Adventure racers of all stripes will climb, crawl through mud, jump over fire, spear throw, even battle giant Spartan Gladiators with dueling sticks and bravely face a dozen merciless obstacles over a grueling 5 kilometer course that takes its inspiration from Spartan and Navy Seal training, American Gladiator and adventure races. The race will demand every ounce of racers strength, ingenuity and sense of humor. Race designers also include a few undisclosed mystery elements at each venue designed to further challenge competitors tenacity.

Though the Spartan Race draws its inspiration from the fierce, disciplined and ascetic Spartans, it does so with tongue firmly implanted in cheek. Competitors are encouraged to arrive donning their finest tunics, sans weaponry, and whatever else will stoke their spirit of adventure while having the time of their lives. Spartan warriors all maintained perfectly rippled abs, but for those who find themselves a bit soft in the middle at the starting gate the race will also offer prosthetic spray on versions.

The festive event welcomes the public to watch and support their favorite Spartan racer and enjoy live entertainment such as fire breathing, blacksmith, feats of strength and activities such as free archery, spear throw and having your picture taken wearing authentic Spartan gear. Once the top Spartan warriors are crowned at the awards ceremony, post-race festivities will ensue including a hero’s barbeque party.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thank You HPD

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Courtesy of HPD VPU

Houston citizens, celebrities, and dignitaries thank HPD for their efforts. Produced for the annual Police Week Awards Ceremony.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Good Luck 208!

Good luck on your TCLEOSE test today Academy Class 208 ! See you on the streets in two weeks. We are very excited to have you start wearing the blue!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fondren Sub-Station Ground Breaking

This past Monday, Houston Chief of Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr., along with Mayor Pro Tem Anne Clutterbuck and several local residents, celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Fondren Police Station.

Chief McClelland expressed his belief that this station will strengthen the already s...trong ties HPD has with the Fondren community. "We have been committed to southwest Houston and your neighborhoods for many years," Chief McClelland said. " Residents are actively involved with HPD and I want to thank them for their participation and support." But in order to be successful, the already established partnership between HPD and the community must continue, added the Chief. "Our officers are very committed to keeping Houston safe," he said. "This facility should help us fulfill that mission. This station will be an anchor in the community, which is one of the tenets of community policing. We can’t do it alone and the community can’t do it alone, but together we make an unstoppable force," Chief McClelland said.

For Mayor Pro Tem and District C Councilmember Clutterbuck, the station represents the culmination of a campaign promise five years ago. "We worked very hard at targeting crime in this area and to bring it a proper police station," she said. Because she also lives in the Fondren community, she added she knows how important this station will be. The new Fondren Police Station will be located at 8605 Westplace Drive.

The Fondren Patrol Division serves more than 124,000 residents and encompasses an area of about 16 square miles. The new station is projected to be completed by August, 2011. The facility will incorporate the LEED™ Green Building standards and will be LEED™ certified. The LEED™ certification system verifies the building was designed and constructed with attention to energy savings, water efficiency, and CO2 emissions. The police station will house 176 officers and civilians assigned to Fondren patrol, as well as officers from the Investigative First Responder (I.F.R.) Division. The officers will have access to a gym facility and separate men’s and women’s down rooms. In order to reduce the amount of time officers are out of service on minor arrests, the station will also feature a jail lock-up for class C prisoners. A community meeting room will be available to help facilitate open lines of communication between officers and residents. The facility will be equipped with a large emergency generator, an ice machine, and hurricane supplies, which will allow HPD to continue serving the community in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Law Enforcement

The following excerpt is from a speech which was given by Police Chief Michel Wendel of Charles City, Iowa at the graduation the 219th class of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on December 14, 2007. I really liked what he said about “law enforcement.”

You will be called to try and wake someone in the middle of the night who has laid themselves to rest for the last time. This isn’t enforcing the law, but it is law enforcement. You will be the first to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies and start CPR on a heart attack victim or try and stop the bleeding of someone who is injured, this isn’t enforcing law, but it is law enforcement. You will respond to traffic accidents and tend to peoples broken bodies before doing anything else and when things don’t turn out as we would like, it will be your job to visit the next of kin and deliver the news, this isn’t enforcing the law either, but it is law enforcement. You will help the elderly to their feet when they have fallen and can’t get up, and you will be called to help get cats out of trees. The list is endless and only a fraction of it will be enforcing the law, but all of it is law enforcement.

You took the job because you want to help people and give back to the community. You are members of your community, members who realize that sometimes there are things that need to be done that are not easy to do, and you think you have the stomach to do the job and want to protect your family, friends, and neighbors. So remember the reason you took the job, your family, friends, and neighbors. And remember, they are your greatest asset. They are your greatest asset because they will be there to support you when things are bad, and I can guarantee you that there will be bad times.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Officers in Action

The extent and impacts of the recent floods in Pakistan are huge in every context. The floods that began on the country’s northern border reached the Arabian Sea in the south creating an even more massive displacement of people that rivals the one that began in the north. Millions of acres are swamped and the hundreds of thousands of those seeking shelter rises every day. U.N. states that the disaster has left a fifth of the country under water and affected an estimated 17 million people.

Houston Police Officer Muzaffar Siddiqi, on his own time and money, recently had an opportunity to travel to the affected areas and the honor to be able to help the victims in some parts of the country. He stated it was heart wrenching to see many millions having lost crops and their livelihoods leaving them defenseless against hunger. Thousands are homeless and desperate for help. Officer Siddiqi further stated that what was the hardest to escape was the plight of young children who now reside in temporary shelters, with no access to clean water or health care and often surrounded by contaminated flood water. These children are living in poor environmental and hygiene situations in affected areas that show no signs of improvement. International healthcare agencies are concerned that if the situation does not improve, coupled with limited availability of safe drinking water and better access to health services, the risk would be potentially fatal with acute waterborne diseases cases in coming days. It is a serious race against time for the children of Pakistan affected by this flood as the global community slowly moves in to deliver supplies to the affected populations.

Although Officer Muzaffar Siddiqi is one man, he did what he could, and we here at the Houston Police Department commend our brother in blue.

Monday, September 13, 2010

FLIR Perhaps?

K-9 Cover and Concealment Training gets underway at the Houston Police Academy today.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Courteous Inmate

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Just when this crook thought his life couldn't get any worse...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Officers in Action

Last month Sergeant T. Schmidt conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle for a driving violation. Sgt Schmidt identified the driver and the passenger and found that they both had outstanding City Of Houston municipal traffic warrants. Sgt Schmidt placed both suspects under arrest.

Officer G. Clark and J. Zielonka checked by to transport the suspects to jail for Sgt. Schmidt. One of the suspects in custody asked Officer Clark to retrieve his money from the trunk of the car before it was towed. The suspect advised that his money was in a black bag in the trunk of the car. Officer Clark checked the bag and found a large roll of money along with a plastic bank deposit bag commonly used by retail stores. Inside this deposit bag was a deposit slip from a certain McDonald’s restaurant. Officer Zielonka contacted this McDonalds and found that the business had been robbed recently and had filed a report with the Harris County Sheriffs Office.

Officer Zielonka contacted the Harris County Sheriffs Office (HCSO) Robbery Division. After describing the traffic stop and the situation to HCSO, their robbery division asked that the suspects be detained while they investigate the new found information. Officer Zielonka received a call from HCSO later in the evening to update him on the status of the case. HCSO reported that three suspects armed with handguns entered the McDonalds and demanded money. One suspect jumped the counter and assaulted one of the employees before taking the nightly deposit bag. The suspects then fled the scene. The HCSO investigator, using the information from Officer Zielonka, showed the victim a photo spread where she positively identified one of the suspects from the original traffic stop as the same suspect who assaulted her during the robbery. This suspect was charged with Aggravated Robbery – Deadly Weapon.

Due to the officers’ attention to detail, inter-agency communication, and teamwork, the suspect was identified and charged in a case that had left investigators with few leads. These officers did an excellent job of working together and coordinating with outside law enforcement to get a dangerous criminal off the streets of Houston.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

ABC Primetime: Crime - Houston Homicide (PART ONE)

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ABC's Primetime Crime did a story last week on one of our Homicide investigotors. It is an outstanding show and well worth a look.

Houston Homicide Detective Sgt. Brian Harris knows how to fire a pistol and work a crime scene, like all cops do. But his real talent comes out in the interrogation room.

For more information visit:

ABC Primetime Crime - Houston Homicide (PART TWO)

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Primetime Crime - Houston Homicide (PART THREE)

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010


As a police officer you will be asked to multi-task on a regular basis. Every call for service is different and every call for service may involve you having to handle several issues at once.

Not only will you be asked to multi-task, you will also have to constantly be aware of what is happening around you for your own safety, and the safety of the citizens that you are there to protect.

For instance. Take a look at this K-9. Not only did he capture the crook at the scene, he noticed that the yard needed a trim. Multi-task, it's very important in a job like this.