HPD Chief Art Acevedo at the Citywide PIP Meeting

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

K-9 in training

Every K-9 starts somewhere. Few people know that when K-9's are pups they must first learn to detain cats. Once they figure out how to do this (as seen in this picture) and gain some weight, they move up to detaining crooks.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wear your Seatbelt!

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England - Sussex Safer Roads Partnership's "Embrace Life" seatbelt campaign has a video out that really drives home the point about why you should wear your seatbelts. The video has become very popular and has gone viral around the world. In case you have not seen it, we have it here for you. Please WEAR YOUR SEATBELT! Remember

Monday, March 29, 2010

Class 208 starts today!

Congratulations to the 70 men and women of Academy Cadet Class number 208. Today is their first day of over six months of intensive training while at the academy. Stay strong and stay positive. You are part of a family now and we appreciate your dedication to HPD and hope to see you on the streets soon. Way to go 208!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Wrong Team!

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From yesterday's post to today's post. This dog "Winston" is on the wrong team! To quote from a good movie, "you never know what your gonna get", while on patrol.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rookie to Veteran - A Good K-9 Handler

A good K-9 handler should be an emotional type person, however must be able to keep those emotions in check. He or she will not expect his K-9 partner to work automatically like a machine. The handler will study their K-9 to find his best traits. As soon as the handler accomplishes this they will be able to regulate the work to develop and improve those traits of the K-9 until they have an excellent working dog.

A good K-9 handler will observe and be interested and not disregard the K-9’s alertness. He or she will recognize the K-9 is telling him or her something. The handler will determine which stimulus (reward) works best for his or her K-9, whether it is voice, or touch of the hand. You will never lose your temper with the K-9.

A good K-9 handler must be willing to sacrifice or donate some of their own personal time because the K-9 sacrifices all for the handler.

A good K-9 handler should be able to make a decision in a split second, and must be right in every decision they make. Realize the K-9 works or trains for only: food, water, love and attention. The handler should always keep the K-9's comfort in mind and also allow the K-9 to have time to just be a dog.

A good K-9 handler should have patience, perseverance, love for animals, the desire to become a good K-9 team, as well a desire to protect and serve the community in which they are a part of.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A personal message to the new cadets of Academy Class 208

Cadets from academy cadet class 208 had their orientation yesterday at the police academy. They will start their official training on Monday, March 29th. We wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank them for helping HPD with a very important job yesterday. Your help with the creation of the new audio portion for the Wall of Honor that will debut in May of this year was a tremendous help to all. You are part of a family now and it was an honor to have you be part of something so important in HPD's history.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wanted, a very small set of handcuffs.

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That's the beauty of becoming a police officer, who knows what call for service you are going to get dispatched to next! I promise you will never be bored at work.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The future of police cars?

http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/03/18/n_rw_new_police_cars.cnnmoney/

Friday, March 19, 2010

Officers in Action

Officer N. Arellano responded to a Hold-Up Alarm at the Church’s Chicken located on Irvington. HPD Dispatch had further updated the call to include information that an off-duty Harris County Deputy was following the robbery suspects who were on bicycles and had seen them go into a house. Officer Arellano went to the house.

Officer Arellano immediately began to coordinate a perimeter with the help of additional officers from the division as well as a K-9 unit. Sergeant C. Mayo gave verbal commands over his PA system convincing the suspects to exit the house. The officers immediately took custody of the two suspects and placed them under arrest. The officers then obtained consent from the suspects to enter the house to look for any weapons or additional suspects. Once they entered the house officers found the weapons used in the robbery as well as the stolen money and other items used to commit the robbery.

The officers used their tactical training in helping to remove the suspects from the residence without any additional injuries or complications. These officers worked together as a team to help turn a potentially dangerous situation into a positive and well executed arrest.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Never Give Up! (Don't get upset, this video is not real, just keep watching)

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I know that many of you are frustrated right now with only two academy classes scheduled so far this year. I suggest that you apply online today as we are still accepting applications. Be patient and stay positive. Remember, it could take up to, and longer than, twelve weeks before you will be contacted for an interview. Get your application in today as things could change at anytime and more academy classes could be funded. One of our applicant's sent me this (commercial) video to let me know, he is not giving up and is making the best out of the situation. I wanted to share.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Vote for Officer Salter!

Richard “Rick” Salter - Nomination for 2010 AMW All-Star Award - RICK NEEDS YOUR VOTE!!

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 paralyz...ed 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… a small effort for the sacrifice he has made. We know the outpouring of support that Rick will receive, so once he receives the most votes in a week period, he will be placed among the weekly finalists to determine the AMW Award winner. Please do not stop your daily votes until he is shown to be a Weekly Finalist.

The AMW All-Star Award winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and a weekend at the NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series All-Star Challenge in Charlotte, NC in May of 2010. Be sure to watch America’ s Most Wanted and the website for updates on the Weekly Winners.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

HPD cracks burglary ring in North Houston

The Kingwood and Summerwood communities began to experience a heavy volume of residential burglaries.

Officer J. Macintosh located a witness who provided him with information on several suspects. Officer Macintosh along with officers Michael Zientek, Sean Freeman and Chad Nichols drove to the suspect’s home. The officers discovered numerous stolen items inside the suspect’s home which included electronics and jewelry. They also located numerous pawn tickets that matched electronics stolen from previous residential burglaries in the same area.

The suspects were charged with Felony Theft and Credit Card Abuse. All of the stolen property was recovered from the home and placed in the Houston Police Department Property Room until the rightful owners could be notified.

Kingwood Division Tactical Unit Sergeant Ray Pearson and Officer Johnny Jennings conducted a follow up investigation with the suspects and were able to identify three additional suspects. A total of six suspects were identified and charged with Burglary of a Habitation.

After an extensive follow up investigation all of the stolen property pawned throughout the city was recovered and returned to the rightful owners.

Due to the dedicated work of these officers, approximately $30,000 worth of stolen property was recovered and returned to their owners. These officers helped break up a complex organized burglary ring that targeted the Kingwood and Summerwood communities.

Each officer was instrumental in apprehending these suspects. They went above and beyond their normal duties and we commend their professionalism, their dedication, and their outstanding service to the Houston Police Department and to the community they serve.