HPD Chief Art Acevedo at the Citywide PIP Meeting

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How does a K-9 work?

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Interested in police work? You have to check out this cool video regarding K-9's and how they do their job.

Chino (K-9) uses his superior sense of smell to track down suspected criminals. National Geographic Channel program Fight Science shows us how he does it. Courtesy of http://www.natgeotv.com/

Friday, February 19, 2010

"The Protectors" (1966) Part Five

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This is part five of a film from 1966 that was hosted by a famous actor of his time, Mr. James Whitmore. The film is all about the Houston Police Department from the hiring process to patrolling the streets of Houston. Times have really changed.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

"The Protectors" (1966) Part Four

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This is part four of a film from 1966 that was hosted by a famous actor of his time, Mr. James Whitmore. The film is all about the Houston Police Department from the hiring process to patrolling the streets of Houston.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Presidents Day


Design by Officer Quoc-Tuan Nguyen

"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company."

- President George Washington

If you have ever considered becoming a police officer in the future it is important to remember what Former President George Washington once said as we celebrate his day, today.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Valentines Day

Design by Officer Quoc-Tuan Nguyen

One of our HPD officers is very talented and creative and has graciously designed this cartoon for the blog to celebrate Valentines Day. I would like to personally thank Officer Tuan Nguyen for his contributions today and in the past. Officer Nguyen began his career as a civilian photographer with HPD and wanted to do more for the community after being around fellow police officers and seeing what the job entailed . Officer Nguyen joined HPD as a police officer two years ago and tells me he loves patrolling the night shift in downtown Houston and wished that he had done it sooner.

Officer Nguyen's story is one of many. From school teachers, professional basketball, football and baseball players, airline pilots, doctors, to graphic artists like Officer Nguyen, there is something calling these citizens to make a difference in their community. There is nothing like being a police officer and making a difference everyday. I say to Officer Nguyen and the readers of this blog, it's better later than never. Apply today at www.hpdcareer.com .

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Protectors (1966) - Part Two

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This is part two of a film from 1966 that was hosted by a famous actor of his time, Mr. James Whitmore. The film is all about the Houston Police Department from the hiring process to patrolling the streets of Houston. Times have really changed.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"The Protectors" 1966 - Part One

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Over the next few days I will be showing a film from 1966 that was hosted by a famous actor of his time, Mr. James Whitmore. The film is all about the Houston Police Department from the hiring process to patrolling the streets of Houston. Times have really changed.

(Remember folks, this film is from 1966 and the hiring standards and academy training has changed significantly in the last 44 years.)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Who is going to win the disturbance in Florida?

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Good morning HPD Bloggers, be the first blog fan to give me your prediction on the final score of Super Bowl XLIV by noon on Sunday. The first one that posts the closest to the actual score will win an HPD goodie bag that includes a T-Shirt and an HPD lapel pin. Good Luck!

MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITH YOUR COMMENT SO THAT I MAY CONTACT YOU FOR YOUR MAILING ADDRESS.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

"You looking at me?"

Most K-9 teams are assigned to patrol, while others are assigned to explosive and narcotics detection. Many of the dogs have a dual purpose and are as such trained. When not working, the dogs live with their handlers and their families.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Are you among us?

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Ordinary people doing the extraordinary to protect others. You are out there and you are interested or you would not be reading this blog. It takes a certain type of person to do this job. Not everyone is cut out for it and that is perfectly alright. My dad worked in the oil business and my mom worked in marketing. They are my heroes. You see heroes come in all sorts of packages. The literal meaning of the word is "protector" or "defender" and etymologically it is thought to be cognate with the name of the goddess Hera. It is also thought to be a cognate of the Latin verb servo (original meaning: to preserve whole) and of the Avestan verb haurvaiti (to keep vigil over). If you feel this is the right avenue for you to make a difference I invite you to do so by applying today.

No matter what you decide to do, it's up to you to decide how much of a difference you are willing to make.

White hat? Black hat? You decide.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Search, then Search again!

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A reader sent this video clip to me to show just how easy it is to hide a weapon on your body. Pretty amazing to watch.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Disappointed

"You give me a "donut" and it turns out to be only a toy!"

I know many readers of this blog are disappointed about the lack of academy classes scheduled for this year. Many of you have written emails wanting to know how come you have not been called in for an interview yet. If you have not read this post, please click here: http://www.hpdblog.com/2009/12/recruiting-unit-and-academy-class.html

The good news is that we are still accepting applications and still want you to apply. Apply online at www.hpdcareer.com and get into the system. Time really does go by very quickly. Before you know it, you will be getting the call to come in for an interview. As the economy improves employment numbers will go up. Funding for future classes could come about at anytime and it will be to your best interest to already have an application on file. Hang in there, I promise you that being a police officer for the City of Houston is well worth the wait!