Eastside Patrol vs Gallegos Elementary soccer game

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Crime Scene Unit


Everyone is familiar with the TV show CSI and all the spin offs. It is a unique, although somewhat over the top portrayal of what these officers really do. The HPD Crime Scene Unit is a very tight group of officers that work hand in hand with the Homicide investigators and patrol officers to help solve a case. They are part of the Homicide Division. This is a very interesting and unique job within the police department.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Run With Your Recruiter


It's time for another "Run With Your Recruiter" event at Memorial Park on Thursday, February 9, 2012 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 you enter the academy.

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 as soon as possible if you plan to attend this event at: runwithyourrecruiter@cityofhouston.net

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Run WithThe Recruiter

Tomorrow's Run With The Recruiter event has been cancelled due to weather and field conditions.

Let the ducks and frogs do it on their own, we will reschedule.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

210 Update - OFFICER Williamson


After an endless academy, several months of field training and weeks of evaluation, the stressful training portion of the job is turning into the fun "catchin' bad guys" part of the job. During field training, new officers respond to every challenging, interesting or exciting call that drops, no matter where it is. Their goal is to expose new officers to as much as possible and train on as many subjects as possible while they've got the opportunity. We never really have to go far to get just about every kind of call you can think of. From what I'm hearing from my classmates, every district in Houston has its share of work to be done and excitement to be had. But, it's not all action and excitement. There are forms and procedures for everything you can imagine. Being detail oriented is required and being able to write well is critical. Frankly, writing a good report is as rewarding as the other work, because it's that perfect report that makes sure justice is properly served. The first time I saw a "routine" report of mine lead to a warrant and capture of a criminal, I was hooked on the "boring" stuff.

I've also been amazed by the amount of kindness and altruistic things officers do for folks each day. I've seen officers buy groceries and Christmas gifts for families in need and have seen officers genuinely comfort folks in the worst moments of their lives. This department is filled with accounts of officers putting themselves in harm's way to save a fellow human from disaster. It's the people here who make HPD's motto a reality; Order Through Law, Justice With Mercy. Making sure folks stay safely within the bounds of the law really is only half of the picture. The humanity officers bring to this work is the other half. I didn't think it would be quite this active and rewarding a career, but now I'm seeing first hand what the veterans were saying all along. Being a Houston Police Officer really is a front row seat to the best show you'll ever see!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Everyday is different...


A co-worker of mine was cleaning out his locker the other day when he came across this article. He sent it to me through inner-office mail. When I opened it, I realized this article was from 1987 and the officer in the photograph was me. 

After I stopped laughing it made me realize just how diverse this career really is. I can assure you that every day on patrol is different than the day before. This is one of the attributes that makes police work so appealing. You will not get bored at work. From wrestling a ferret, to chasing a crook, to saving a life, this career path in not only exciting, but a great way to make a true difference in your community.

Bored?      

Friday, January 20, 2012

Contest on Facebook


The HPD Facebook Fan Page is having a fun contest starting today. The HPD Adopt-a- Horse-Program is looking for a TAG LINE to help generate donations. Through the Houston Police Foundation, the Adopt-a-Horse Program allows Houston businesses and organizations to sponsor Mounted Patrol horses for at least one year. The tax deductible $5,000 sponsorship covers all the operating expenses of the animal for the year.

So today, instead of the normal "Beat The Caption" contest on Facebook, it's a "Beat the Tag Line" contest. The Houston Police Foundation (http://tiny.cc/7lvq9) is donating a nice "goodie bag" if your tag line is selected.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Run With Your Recruiter

Cancelled due to weather and field conditions.

It's time for another "Run With Your Recruiter" event at Memorial Park on Thursday, January 26, 2012 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 you enter the academy.
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 as soon as possible if you plan to attend this event at: runwithyourrecruiter@cityofhouston.net

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mounted Patrol Joins Houston Downtown Management District in Helping Name Four-Legged Crime Fighter

At 10 a.m. this morning, members of the Houston Police Department’s Mounted Patrol, the Houston Police Foundation and the Houston Downtown Management District will highlight the Adopt-a-Horse Program and announce a contest to name the Downtown District’s sponsored horse.

The event will be held in downtown Houston at Market Square Park, at 301 Milam.

Through the Houston Police Foundation, the Adopt-a-Horse Program allows Houston businesses and organizations to sponsor Mounted Patrol horses for at least one year. The tax deductible $5,000 sponsorship covers all the operating expenses of the animal for the year.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Run With Your Recruiter


It's time for another "Run With Your Recruiter" event at Memorial Park on Thursday, January 12, 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 you enter the academy.

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, January 3, 2012

Ready?


Are you ready to take the next step? Online applications are now being accepted.  It's not just a job, it's a career.