HPD Chief Art Acevedo at the Citywide PIP Meeting

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Run With Your Recruiter


It's time for another "Run With Your Recruiter" event at Memorial Park on Thursday, December 8, 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. If you have attended past Run With Your Recruiter events, we encourage you to join us again to work on your skills and stay in shape. For the specifics of what the physical requirements are to enter the police academy, please visit our website. You can also view a video of the Physical Fitness Applicant Standards on the blog as well.

Location: Memorial Park, 6501 Memorial Park, quarter mile track in front of the tennis courts.

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

Please RSVP Officer Nelson as soon as possible if you plan to attend this event at abrian.nelson@cityofhouston.net

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Blue Santa




Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. and Houston Texans Pro-Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson kicked off HPD's annual Blue Santa Christmas efforts this morning. 


The purpose of this event is to encourage public support for the Blue Santa Houston program and increase the number of underpriviledged families assisted this year through community donations and corporate sponsorships. Since 1984 the Blue Santa Program has delivered thousands of gifts, toys and holiday cheer to needy children and their families. The program is expected to provide toys to more than 12,000 kids.


Want to help? 
http://bluesantahouston.org




Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Out of Service



Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I will not be posting again until Monday, November 28, 2011. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and please be safe. If you have questions that need to be answered right away, please call the main recruiting number at 713-308-1300. However, the recruiting unit is closed this Thursday and Friday. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

212 - First steps...







This past Saturday, future cadets of Academy Class 212 met together for the first time as a group during orientation. Soon these young men and women who answered the call, will be taking a  journey together that they will never forget. On December 5, 2011 they begin six months of intense training and will experience an education unlike any other.

Stay strong, stay true and stay proud.

Congratulations.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Make some room for that turkey!

It's time for another Run With Your Recruiter event at Memorial Park TOMORROW! Tuesday, Nov 22, 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. If you have attended other Run With Your Recruiter events and are still involved in the current hiring process, we encourage you to participate in this event as well to work on your skills and stay in shape. For the specifics of what the physical requirements are to enter the police academy, please visit our website. You can also view a video of the Physical Fitness Applicant Standards on the blog as well.

Location: Memorial Park, 6501 Memorial Park, quarter mile track in front of the tennis courts

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

Please RSVP Officer Nelson as soon as possible if you plan to attend this event at abrian.nelson@cityofhouston.net

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Honor


Poise the cause in justice's equal scales, whose beam stands sure, whose rightful cause prevails.
- William Shakespeare

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

HPD K-9

The back seat of this patrol car is so small I've had to learn to wag my tail up and down and not sideways.

-Alpos Houston

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Be Prepared

Electricity is really just organized lightning.
- George Carlin

Although we are currently not accepting applications it is important to be ready for when we do. Organization is the key to success. Make sure you start gathering all the documents you will need to begin the application process. If you are missing just one document you could miss the boat.

Start NOW.  Also, print a copy of the personal history statement and begin filling it out as you find the needed information.  Remember, you are going to have to go back 10 years and it may take some time to gather all the information you will need.

Be prepared and stay ORGANIZED.  

Why are you still looking at this blog?

Get started now, I promise in the long run you will be happy you did.

Monday, November 14, 2011

JOB vs CAREER


When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home.

- Betty Bender

Friday, November 11, 2011

Remember

As I went for my long early jog this morning I passed an American flag in my neighborhood. Suddenly I was thinking about the opening scene in the movie “Saving Private Ryan.” I began to get sad.

The sacrifices that veterans made not only with their lives but to their families they left behind to gain us our freedom.

From my dad (Korea), grandfather (WWII), my son (IRAQ), my best friend (Operation Freedom), to all my extended family here at HPD. Veterans all, giving for the greater good.

Pain and sacrifice to family and individual is unfathomable for me to comprehend.

Easiest jog ever.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Run With Your Recruiter






The "Run With Your Recruiter" event this morning was a great experience. The weather was perfect and everyone involved was excited to be there. If you missed it, we have another "Run With Your Recruiter" event coming up on November 22, 2011.

Click here for more information.

Thank you everyone for participating this morning!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fortitude + Determination = Gilbert


With over five months of intensive training both while at the police academy and at home during his own time, Cadet Gilbert “captures” his goal.

Academy Class 211 Cadet R. Gilbert recently broke both the cadet record and department record in the 1.5 mile run.

The men’s cadet record was 8:06 and the men’s department record was 8:02.

Cadet Gilbert shattered the record by 20 seconds by running the 1.5 mile run in 7:42.

Do you have what it takes?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Real Time Crime Center

The Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) is a centralized technology center in which its primary purpose is to give field officers and investigators instant and comprehensive information to help find suspects, vehicles, identify patterns and stop emerging crime.

While on routine patrol one of our officers responded to a “Robbery with a Weapon” call at a place of business along the Gulf freeway. When the officer arrived on the scene, the clerk who reported the incident told him that she had been assaulted and robbed by a suspect. She explained that the suspect entered the business posing as an employee and demanded his paycheck. While the clerk was searching for a fictitious name that the suspect gave, he physically assaulted the clerk, grabbed a stack of payroll checks and fled the scene in a vehicle which was being driven by another suspect. The crooks were unaware that a witness had observed the robbery from a distance. The witness provided a possible plate number, but was not sure of the accuracy of the license plate number.

The investigator assigned to the case had a possible plate number and description of the assailants’ vehicle. However, the information was not yielding the identity of the suspect or the getaway car. This assignment was given to Crime Information Analyst (CIA) Gonzalez for further investigation. Gonzalez utilized numerous RTCC databases in order to obtain information associated with the suspect and the vehicle. After completing a comprehensive search, she was able to locate an address affiliated with a possible suspect. Additionally, she uncovered several plate numbers and identified the getaway car used in the robbery, which eventually led to the identity of the suspects.            

An HPD investigator gathered the evidence collected by CIA Gonzalez and moved forward with the investigation by finding the identity of the driver of the getaway car and narrowing his focus towards the suspect than entered the business. The investigator then assembled a photo spread of the suspect and showed it to the victim who positively identified the suspect as the robber who assaulted her. The case was solved and charges were filed. HPD would like to commend CIA Gonzalez for a job well done. Because of her experience and skill, the crime spree was brought to an expeditious end.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Drive our Company Car

Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. were joined by Houston Texans player Mario Williams yesterday to unveil the Pro Bowl linebacker's donation of five Chevrolet Camaros to HPD's Traffic Enforcement Division.

These new traffic enforcement vehicles will be outfitted to run radar, have low profile lights and ghost writing to allow them to blend in with regular traffic.  HPD will use them on and off freeways to enforce traffic violations.

“Ever since Mario came to Houston, he has certainly been a friend to law enforcement and is civic minded and wants to help his community,” said Chief McClelland.  “These five Camaros will increase the capabilities of the police department to address speeding, aggressive drivers and ensure the safety of the motoring public.  I can’t thank him enough for this generous donation.”

Williams was assisted by Knapp Chevrolet in obtaining the new 2011 police package Chevrolet Camaros for HPD.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Run With Your Recruiter

It's time for another Run With Your Recruiter event in Memorial Park on Tuesday, Nov 22, 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. If you have attended other Run With Your Recruiter events and are still involved in the current hiring process, we encourage you to participate in this event as well to work on your skills and stay in shape. For the specifics of what the physical requirements are to enter the police academy, please visit our website. You can also view a video of the Physical Fitness Applicant Standards on the blog as well.

When: November 10 and November 22, 2011 at 6:30 a.m. (Event last approximately two hours)
Location: Memorial Park, 6501 Memorial Park, quarter mile track in front of the tennis courts
*Note: If there is inclement weather (rain) on this day, the event will be canceled.


Please RSVP Officer Nelson as soon as possible if you plan to attend this event at abrian.nelson@cityofhouston.net

Google Map: quarter mile track