Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Halloween night is one of the best nights to be on patrol.

Just when you think you have seen it all...

Good luck Cadet Class 210, you are about to experience Halloween in a whole new perspective. Stay safe!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Photograph courtesy of HPD PHOTO LAB

The Houston Police Department Motorcycle Detail better known as “SOLO Detail” was established in 1909 to address the growing traffic concerns in downtown Houston.

Officers for this detail are selected when an opening occurs and they must possess a valid Texas Class M license, have excellent work and attendance history with a minimum of two years experience as an officer. Furthermore, they must have a willingness to work flexible hours and shifts in inclement weather. Applicants must also pass a riding evaluation to demonstrate their ability to operate a motorcycle over a course designed to evaluate basic motorcycle riding skills.
This is just one of the many opportunities you have when you become part of the HPD Family.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Avast, me hearties!

The Houston Police Department will help raise money for Special Olympics of Texas at the Pirates of the CARisma carwash, 5203 Kirby Drive. HPD "pirates" will take over the car wash on October 29th and encourage people to get the $10 car wash at CARisma. With each $10 car wash in October (enter Code 3333), CARisma will donate $4 to Special Olympics of Texas.

The fundraiser will begin at 8:00 am and last all day.

From 8:00pm-10:00 pm the carwash will close and a kid friendly "pirate adventure" will be the theme, donations to Special Olympics will be accepted.

Contact the Houston Police Department at 713-308-1860 or CARisma Car wash for more information.


If you would like to help out and volunteer your "Pirate" within you. Please call Assistant Chief Lumpkin's office at 713-308-1860. You will get to dress up as a pirate and it will be for a worthy cause.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When you think you have done enough, you can always do a little more.

Last Tuesday, Senior Police Officer James Sobota was awarded the "2011 Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Award". Officer Sobota is the department's Citywide Positive Interaction Program coordinator and heads up the PIP program.

In addition, Officer Sobota researched and coordinated the need for the department to purchase and install nineteen (19) Video Remote Interpreting (V.R.I.) devices, with services provided by DeafLink, placed and operated at both airports, both jail divisions and all patrol stations to improve the ability to communicate and build a stronger, broader relationship with deaf community of Houston.

HPD would like to commend Officer Sobota for a job well done.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Officers in Action

Recently, Officer G. Rodriguez was on routine patrol when he was flagged down by a female citizen. She had been a passenger in a car being driven by her father. Her father suffered a heart attack and was unconscious. Officer Rodriguez quickly accessed the situation and realized that the man did not have a pulse. Officer Rodriguez immediately began CPR and was soon assisted by Officer E. Hernandez who arrived on the scene. Both officers worked furiously to bring the man back to life.

The Houston Fire Department arrived on the scene and took over. After the patient was defibrillated inside the ambulance, he regained consciousness.

HFD advised that without the immediate application of CPR the man may have died.

Thanks to the life-saving efforts of Officer Rodriguez and Officer Hernandez this man’s life was spared. HPD would like to commend these two officers for a job well done.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

South Gessner Station Opens!

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. and several city council members celebrated last Wednesday the grand opening of the new home of the South Gessner Patrol Division.

Mayor Parker and Chief McClelland stressed a strong partnership between HPD and the community will be the key to success.

"I'm very proud of this new facility," said Chief McClelland. "It helps us with our core mission of protecting the public through better police/community relations. Thanks to its high visibility and community meeting room, residents will have an opportunity to get to know the officers working in their neighborhoods and partner with HPD to help make the area safer for everyone," Chief McClelland added.
"It is my hope that this new building will help provide a setting for more convenient interaction between our men and women in blue and the southwest Houston community," said Mayor Parker. "Maintaining a close relationship between law enforcement and neighborhoods is the key to keeping our communities safe."
The new station is especially dear to Houston Council Member Anne Clutterbuck, in whose district it resides.

“I am so glad to see the hard-working South Gessner Patrol Division officers at home in a space that allows them to better serve the community. While the new building is certainly beautiful, I am most impressed by the officers’ dedication to their work and the community’s efforts to support them,” Council Member Clutterbuck said.

The facility incorporates the LEED™ Green Building standards and is LEED™ certified. The LEED™ certification system verifies the building was designed and constructed with attention to energy savings, water efficiency, and CO2 emissions. Construction was overseen by the Houston General Services Department.

The police station will house 176 officers and civilians assigned to South Gessner Patrol, as well as officers from the Investigative First Responder (I.F.R.) Division. All officers will have access to a gym facility. 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 is 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, October 19, 2011

Run With Your Recruiter

It’s here!

Time for another Run With Your Recruiter event at Memorial Park.

When? October 27, 2011 at 6:30 a.m.

If you have lived within a 200 mile radius of Houston for the past three years and are interested in a career with the Houston Police Department, then come out to the park and run with us to see if you can pass the physical fitness requirements for entrance into the police academy. This is a good opportunity for you to gauge your current level of physical fitness and learn what you need to work on before the next application phase opens.

This event is designed only for those individuals interested in joining the Houston Police Department who meet the requirements as specified at

If you have attended past Run With Your Recruiter events and are still involved in the current hiring process, we encourage you to participate in this event as well.

Work on your skills and stay in shape.

For the specifics of what the physical requirements are to enter the police academy, please see

October 27, 2011

Location: Memorial Park, 6501 Memorial Park, Houston, Texas

Quarter Mile Track in front of the tennis courts

Time: 6:30 am. Event will last approximately two hours

*Note: If there is inclement weather on this day/rain, the event will be canceled.

Please RSVP to Officer Nelson at:
if you plan on attending this event.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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The Houston Police Department's Training Academy opened its doors to thousands of Houston-area school children during Police Week, to give them an inside look at the various aspects of HPD.

Air Support, K-9, SWAT, Special Ops, Dive Team, Community Services, and other officers were on hand to demonstrate what they do, and to interact with the kids.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

210 Update - OFFICER Gemmill

I can’t believe that I have graduated from the academy and in my field training program already. During the academy time seemed to crawl by, but looking back at it now, it seems the time I spent there just flew by.

It was amazing how many people – our family, friends, and fellow officers showed up at our graduation. I felt really proud to be marching with the rest of 210 and receiving my badge with them. We all worked so very hard to get to the end and have the badge finally placed on our uniform.

I am now training at the substation of my choice and have been training there for over a week now. I learned a lot in the academy but I know I will learn a lot more in the next nine weeks of field training. Each new officer completes three weeks of training on each shift; days, evenings, and nights.

I can’t believe how excited I am when I wake up for work. I know that this job is what I was meant to do.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the academy staff, family, friends, and co-workers that helped me through the last six months and I’ll continue to look to them for support as I continue through my training.

After nine primary tests, four quizzes, one state exam, three physical fitness tests, several officer safety phases, and countless other tests and requirements that I had to fulfill in the past six months I am so happy to be OFFICER Gemmill. I wouldn’t trade the experiences and the opportunity HPD has given me for anything.

I am so happy to be part of the HPD family. Like my trainer recently told me, “we take care of family.”

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Courtesy of KHOU, Channel 11

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We’ve seen the four-legged law enforcement officers who help police take down criminals. But just how affective are these canines? KHOU 11 News anchor Len Cannon found out firsthand this week, for his latest “Len at Work” segment.

Len visited the place where the animals are trained and said he quickly learned they are not to be messed with.

He first met Jake, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois. “We use him on explosives, he can do it all, he is an awesome dog,” said one of the HPD canine trainers. Len got to handle Jake a little, who takes commands in Dutch. After just a few minutes of feeling Jake out, Len said he wanted to take it up a notch. “This is like putting a Ferrari in neutral, so the officers let me put Jake in first gear,” he said. Len got to witness the dog react during a training police chase. He said the most impressive part was seeing what Jake did once he discovered the “criminal.” “Once he latches on, Jake won’t let go until officers tell him to,” Len said.

But Len’s day wasn’t done yet. He next put on what’s called an attack sleeve so he could stand face to face with Kitty, a smaller dog. But police brought out a bigger dog instead. “His name was Udee. Bigger dog, bigger bite,” Len said. “That was a bait and switch. I thought I was going to get Kitty and you send this big thing out here.”

Then Len upped the ante, this time putting on a full body suit.

After feeling Jake’s vice grip-like jaws one more time, officers brought out a bear of a dog named Cosmo.

“I felt that, I felt that,” said Len. “I think I’m done now.”

Monday, October 10, 2011

A little advice...

Sometimes it's not a good idea to walk up and ask a police officer if you could pet his K-9 dog as a Binghamton, New York man found out last week. The forty- eight year old man went to pet the K-9 dog and in return ended up arrested for possession of marijuana after the dog reacted to the scent.

Speaking of K-9's make sure you watch "Len at Work" on KHOU News, Channel 11, today at 4 p.m. and see what HPD's Canine Officers and their dogs taught him

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hit the Streets!

It's been a long road.

The decision to become a police officer.

The discussions with your family.

The application process.

The police academy.

Hitting the streets of Houston.

Was it worth it?

From what I am hearing, ABSOLUTELY!

Thank you Officer Smith, Gemmill, Mark and Williamson for taking the time and extra energy that you so desperately needed during training to keep the blog readers informed along the way.

It's been a great journey that is really just beginning. Be safe, stay strong and do some good.
I salute you all.

210 as whole. I am proud of all of you and I welcome each and everyone of you into our extended family.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Class 210 Update - Cadet Smith...I mean OFFICER Smith!

I finally graduated from the academy last week. It was a long 6 months that I never thought would end.

I’ve had four days on the streets at North Division and I absolutely love it! My Field Training Instructor is the best. We have volunteered for a variety of calls requiring assistance from Homicide, Robbery, Burglary and Theft, Narcotics to the District Attorney’s office. I’ve written numerous traffic citations, accident reports, incident reports as well as utilizing many other forms. I feel like I’ve used everything I learned in the academy in the first 4 days on the street.

We were told that the HPD Academy was one of the best, if not the best academy in the nation, I totally agree. The academy prepared me well regarding Officer Safety, Accidents, Report Writing, Scene Management, Spanish, Traffic Stops and Driving (drove my first Code One, lights and sirens, call Sunday.)

I’m learning my beat and district, getting to know my fellow officers, dispatchers and best of all; I’m able to help the citizens of Houston. My whole reason for joining HPD was to help people who couldn’t help themselves or just needed some direction or assistance.

Since last Wednesday a week ago, I’ve gone to work every morning eager to get started and I leave with a big smile on face. I’ve wanted this career for a long time and I couldn’t be happier that I have been given that opportunity now. I don’t know if I would feel the same had I started this when I was 21, but being 40 and having all the life experiences that I’ve had I’m thrilled to be where I’m at now. In the academy they warn you that this job may not be for everyone. There are many ups and downs, bad times and good. I’ve seen an array of those already, from the grieving family due to the loss of a loved one to the scared siblings who were thrilled to see several officers at their door during a home invasion.

The academy trains you to stay focused, professional, and to get the job done right and at the end when it’s all over you can take a breath. That’s exactly how it’s been. I can not thank the staff at the academy enough for the dedication they have given us in the last six months. Everything they did and said had a purpose and that is to keep me and my classmates safe out there and to make sure we all go home at the end of the day. From the bottom of my heart I would like to personally thank the following trainers: Captain Ready for all your encouragement during Redman and throughout the academy, Lt. Coker for always putting the fear in us to make us do better, Sergeant Spangle for being blunt and to the point, Officer Lyall for bringing humor into the classroom,. Officer Uphoff for all of our conversations regarding family and the job, Officer E Wolfe for getting me around that RED track (I can’t believe I love running now), Officer Hinojosa for all the Spanish handouts and reviews (I used it on day 2 and did pretty well), Officer Cromwell for not freaking out when I obliterated all the cones on day 1 (rock n roll), Officers Murphy, Boskey and Walsh for making firearms my favorite skill, and lastly, but definitely not least, my classmates of Class 210- you all ROCK! Be safe and I look forward to seeing each of you in a few months!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cadets for the Last Time

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Cadet Class 210 President, David Williamson (now Officer David Williamson) gives a remarkable speech during graduation ceremonies held September 27, 2011.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

210 - Final Roll Call

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Tradition held strong as HPD Cadet Class 210 held their final roll call as the sun rose above the police academy last Tuesday morning. Cadet classes will stand in formation during roll call and will announce their names one by one very quickly. Throughout training, roll calls are done the same way every time, every morning. However, on graduation day, such as Class 210, it is done a little differently with each cadet of Class 210 slowing down and pronouncing their name loudly and proudly. Later that night, the 65 men and women of 210 graduated and began wearing the blue uniform.

Make us Proud 210!

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