Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SWAT Takes Cannon Out!

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by Len Cannon / KHOU 11 News and staff

You see them in action in movies and television shows. It looks so glamorous to be on a SWAT team. What could be better than toting an assault rifle and battering down doors?

Well, KHOU 11 News Anchor Len Cannon found out that training with Houston SWAT is no walk in the park.

“You have to be disciplined and you have to be in top physical conditioning,” said Cannon.

On the obstacle course he climbed, crawled and jumped.
“Some stuff I just could not do,” said Cannon.
Firing a submachine gun and assault rifle was the easy part, Cannon said.
“Then, for some ridiculous reason I let the leader of the team Talk me into tasting a little gas (chemical agent,” said Cannon.
He stepped into a tear gas-filled shed and was able to withstand the chemical agent with a mask on. “Then I took the mask off, and thought I was going to die,” he said. “It felt like broken glass in my throat, and I couldn’t talk for about 20 seconds,”

After stepping in the shoes of a SWAT member, Cannon had some words of advice for those aspiring to join the force. “If you want the SWAT swagger, you better be prepared to face the music!”

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Important Update

We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

We do anticipate taking applications again in early 2012 in order to fill a spring and summer academy class.

If you are interested in a career with the Houston Police Department and would like to be kept informed about future recruiting activities and application openings, please complete the contact form to be added to our email contact list. Thank you for your interest.

If you have any additional questions, please contact HPD Recruiting at 713-308-1300.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Run With Your Recruiter

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If you are interested in participating in this event with the HPD Recruiting Unit please contact Officer Nelson by emailing him at or you may call him at 713-308-1300 to get on the list.

You must register first:

Once you have registered, please contact Officer Nelson if you would like to run with us as a group. This is strictly voluntary and the donation goes to a great cause.

Never Forget!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

In Honor of Officer Kevin Will

It was a somber evening last week as another name was added to the Wall of Honor for fallen Officer Kevin Will.

The Wall of Honor is located within the Houston Police Museum at police headquarters. It stands as a tribute to all officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving the city of Houston and its citizens.

On May 29, 2011, Kevin was interviewing a witness to a motorcycle accident when a drunk driver drove around barriers and emergency vehicles which were blocking the closed freeway. Seeing the vehicle approach, Kevin warned the witness to jump out of the way. The citizen was able to jump to safety moments before Kevin was struck and killed.

Kevin had served with the Houston Police Department for almost two years. He is survived by his expectant wife, two children, and parents.

The engraving was completed as a courtesy by Schlitzberger & Daughters Monuments and Caskets. HPD appreciates your kindness and generosity in completing this very sad task.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011




Monday, August 22, 2011

210 Update - Cadet Williamson

Just five more weeks remaining until graduation, and Class 210 is doing everything we can to avoid the dreaded "Senioritis". Senioritis is an infamous condition the senior class of cadets get when they can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We've been warned by just about every officer who has taught a class that Senioritis can cause feelings of euphoria which may lead a cadet to forget their place in the food chain. This contagious condition may cause cadets to forget to snap to attention quickly enough or not yell "YES SIR" loudly enough. It may cause cadets to smile at inappropriate times or to whisper during a class.

There are treatments for Senioritis, but they are harsh. Commonly prescribed treatments often involve steep hills, bear crawls, ditches filled with mud, and an untold number of push-ups. Thankfully, though, there is a cure. It's called graduation, and it happens on September 27th. The cure only lasts a day, though, as it's quickly replaced by an acute form of confused delirium called Rookiementia. With Rookiementia, the real victims are the Field Training Officers with whom the rookie must ride.

Speaking of riding, I recently had the opportunity to participate in the HPD ride-along program and rode for a day with Officer C. Bradshaw in Fondren Division. I saw first hand what proactive, positive spirited, educated police work is all about. In the academy, you work through scenes on paper, in film, and with actors, but seeing it done flawlessly by an expert for a single shift meant more to me than my entire academy experience. Officer Bradshaw completed a litany of calls with precision handling of angry complainants, sad complainants, scared complainants, and a collection of folks most would agree were extra suspicious. In each case, she went the extra mile for the complainant, doing work behind the scenes that the complainant would likely never know she did for them. In some cases, simply making a report would have sufficed, but she instinctively went the extra mile to make sure no stone went unturned in solving their cases. Not only was I blown away by how effective and efficient great policing can be, but I was inspired to do the same when my turn comes. As Officer Bradshaw pointed out, at the end of the day, it's good to know you did something to actually help people.

Very few professions offer that kind of bonus.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Allzeit Bereit

First day issues can be frustrating. This is a new application process and if you are not 100 percent sure on what to do it’s important that you do some research before you come down. If you have any questions, please call 713-308-1300 for an instant answer or you can email me.

Some of the problems encountered yesterday that you can avoid are as follows:

First and foremost, meet the requirements to apply!
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Flip flops, jeans, t-shirts, shorts…really? Dress in business attire or business casual. This is a job interview; leave an impression, not a wrong impression.

Have all your documents when you come down. You will be turned away if you do not have ALL your documents. Unless you just like driving downtown, have all your documents in order with copies when you arrive. ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS!
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Don’t have your pet chicken fill out the forms. It’s really hard to read the scratch. Write legibly and neatly. Make sure all the blanks are filled. Remember, as you go along in the process, the Chief of Police will be looking at your file if you are chosen as a cadet. Do you really want the Chief of Police wondering about your writing skills?

Fill out the forms correctly. Follow instructions. This is a detail oriented job. If you can not fill out simple forms while you are going through the hiring process what makes you think that you can fill out arrest warrants and detailed police reports? Take your time and do it right the first time.

Make sure you have your NEOGOV application receipt! Even if you applied in the past, you must fill out a new NEOGOV application. Click here for the career website and to apply online:

Yes, we did away with the height and weight requirement, but you still have to be in shape. You will be required to run the mile and a half, 300 meters, pushups and vertical jump. If you are overweight and out of shape, you might want to wait before you apply.
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In closing, take this advice to heart; I really want to help you achieve your dream of becoming a police officer with HPD. If you have any questions, please email me before you take the plunge. Remember, if you need your answer right away, you can always call Recruiting at

In the mean time “google” this phrase Allzeit Bereit and keep it in mind from here on out.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Prepared or sightseeing?

Doors opened today at 0800 hours. These applicant's were already in line when I arrived this morning. Some had been there since 0400 hours.

Prepared? You bet!

When you come down to turn in your packet, please make sure you have ALL your documents and dress in business attire.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Apply Online

"I just filled out my online application to become an HPD K-9! I hope they pick me!"

Remember "future cadets", as this new hiring process begins, you must fill out a NEW online application at the NeoGov City of Houston Application site:

Friday, August 12, 2011

Opening Day!

Opening Day! HPD is now accepting applications for the December 5, 2011 academy class.

Click this link for more information:

Is it time for you to STAND UP and make a difference. Apply online today!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Never Forget

Come join the Travis Manion Foundation as we run to honor our Heroes. The 2011 9/11 Heroes Run is bringing communities together throughout the country this September 11th. Our goal is to never forget the sacrifices of all of the Heroes of September 11th - veteran, first responder, and civilian. We honor the fallen by challenging the living. This is a run for charity with proceeds going to support the communities who keep us safe. Volunteer, Run, or just come out and watch - it promises to be a great time.

If you're undecided about participating ask yourself, "if not me, then who..."

For more information about the Houston location run click here:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Financial Responsibility


Applicants must have good stable credit. We are not concerned with your credit score, but you cannot have accounts that are delinquent (behind on payments) or that are in collections. If you have settled accounts recently, these may not be reflected on your credit report so it is important that you are able to show proof by means of letters from your creditors.

If you are required by law to pay child support, you must be up to date and current. If you owe money to an apartment complex or a home that you may have leased, make sure you are settled with them as well.

Once again, we are not looking at your score, we just want to make sure you have either caught up on your bills or have made arrangements with the creditor in writing.

If you are not sure, I suggest that you pull up your credit report and take a look before submitting an application.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"Art" of the interview...

Tattoos and Body Art.

Applicants cannot have tattoos or body art that is visible while wearing the official HPD uniform. If you have tattoos that would be visible in uniform you must have them removed or you will not be eligible for employment. In the past, applicants who have had tattoos that are on the neck, face, head, wrists, or hands have been denied employment.

If your official uniform can cover it whether it be long sleeve or short sleeve you will be fine, otherwise, you might want to reconsider where you place that tattoo.

It's very important to know that you do not need to remove or cover the tattoo or body art during the application process. You may still go through the process, however if you are accepted into the academy you will be required to cover or remove the tattoo or body art at that time.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Class 210 Update - Cadet Gemmill

It’s the beginning of the end. Only seven more weeks left. Our class has grown even stronger and closer to each other as we made it through Skills Training. Next stop is Officer Safety training and even more defense tactics.

“Officer Safety” is serious stuff. The instructors take their jobs seriously and everything they teach us is pertinent to making sure we stay alive. Last week we took part in doing fake traffic stops with fellow cadets or instructors playing the role of traffic violator. The instructors made sure that we approached the vehicle properly and made sure we did everything safely. Everything we do is important, including the words we say and the way we stand. It was really hot, really serious, but… I really liked it.

On August 5th one of our instructors “Senior Officer Dickens” retired. He is an awesome officer and a great teacher. I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish him good luck in the future and to always remember where his family is, here at HPD.

We had our seventh primary test a few days ago, I did really well on it and even better, we only have two primary tests left before we take our TCLEOSE exam. As I look ahead on our schedule for the next seven weeks, my stomach literally twists and turns and my heart races. I’m excited, but beyond nervous.

Unfortunately, our class is down a cadet. Cadet August got moved back to 211 because of a broken clavicle. I can honestly tell you that ALL of Class 210 is upset by this. She is an extremely well liked cadet with a great personality and we will miss her. We never hesitate to tell her that she will always be part of Class 210. Luckily, instead of having just the 66 of us backing her up, she’ll have all of Class 211 to back her up as well. She will make a great police officer and I can’t wait to see her on the streets with us.

The next few weeks in the academy we will be taught more “hands on” and more real life situation tactics as opposed to law blocks and code of criminal procedure. The instructors tell us that during the next few weeks, there isn’t any room for error. Regardless, I’m looking forward to the training in the next seven weeks, and even more, I’m looking forward to September 27th when we graduate.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Physical Fitness Applicant Standards

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This video displays the Physical Fitness Applicant Standards. It's important that you are in shape before you take this test. You will not proceed further in the application process if you fail any portion of this test.

Push-ups (15)
Vertical Jump (16.5 inches)
Agility Run (20 seconds)
1.5 Mile Run (17:30)
300 Meter Run (78 seconds)
Trigger Pull (6 pulls each hand)

Same test for all applicants, male or female.

Keep in mind, these are the Applicant Standards.  As a Cadet, you will be tested to a higher standard.  You will be tested to the Cadet standards during your first week in the Academy.

Cadet Standards

Pushups (25)
Vertical jump (18.5 inches)
Agility Run (17.8 seconds)
300 Meter Run (71 seconds)
1.5 Mile Run (15 minutes 54 seconds)

Same test for all Cadets, male or female.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What do these people have in common?

When the application process opens up again and you get a call to come in and speak with a recruiter, this is what you DO NOT to wear during your interview to become a police officer. Remember folks, this is a JOB INTERVIEW, dress appropriately. I suggest business attire or business casual.

Make an impression, just don't make the wrong impression.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Run With Your Recruiter

What is "Run With Your Recruiter?" Run With Your Recruiter are planned events in order to assist individuals interested in becoming Houston police officers. It helps the individual become more aware of the physical requirements they will have to pass to enter the academy and to keep those slated for an academy class engaged and interacting with the department and the recruiting unit while they wait for the academy class to start. It consists of smaller gatherings each week in a local park where recruiters and interested individuals do a 1.5 mile run, push-ups, and one other activity on the PT test required to enter the academy. A larger event will be completed once a month where participants can do the entire PT test and have access to more information about the recruiting process and HPD in general.

Keep an eye on the blog for event dates in the future. You may also receive information directly to your phone by following us on twitter at

Monday, August 1, 2011

From the "Not So Bright Files"

A fugitive from upstate New York who taunted police on his Facebook page to `catch me if you can. I'm in Brooklyn' has been arrested.

The Daily News says U.S. marshals and NYPD detectives tracked Victor Burgos down to an apartment in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood Monday night, sitting at his computer with his Facebook page open.

The 29-year-old suspect was wanted by Utica police on multiple arrest warrants for domestic violence and harassment of his former girlfriend.

He allegedly issued the Facebook challenge after his mug shot appeared on the Utica Police Department's 10 most wanted list.

Utica Sgt. Steve Hauck tells the News: "He told us via Facebook to come and get him and we did."