Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cadet Rivera - 212 Update

Okay…Class 212 can count the days until graduation.

Tomorrow we get our photos taken for HPD, get fitted for our blue shirts, and maybe trade in some extra large clothing for smaller sizes.

A lot of cadets lost weight during the physical training while at the Academy.

Last week we completed our final field evaluations, survived Redman, and took our State Certification test.
It has been a hard six months, we can all see the light at the end of the tunnel. The long Academy journey seems to be coming to an end.

I mentioned that 212 survived Redman. Basically, it is a fight. A rite of passage…a gut check. A cadet completes a mock foot chase around the Academy campus in pursuit of a possible suspect. After clearing walls and climbing staircases…the foot chase ends with a fight against an instructor dressed in red protective gear. Their goal is make you quit. Your goal is to not quit. Oh did I mention, that you are completely exhausted by the time you fight the Redman. I came out with a busted nose and bruised ego…but I didn't quit.

It is a whole different world here at the Academy. On June 14th, we graduate and on that day the world is going to get a little larger.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It's much more than fighting crime, it's about serving your community.

An elderly Houstonian can move about his home a little easier thanks to members of the Houston Police Department's Community Outreach Services Unit, also known as the "Blue Crew," along with volunteers from Lowe's Home Improvement and Kwal Paint.

The HPD "Blue Crew" and volunteers recently put the finishing touches on the home of Aristeo Jaimes, 73. Volunteers met at the location for the delivery and installation of a new stove, as well as planting of a rose garden.

In an effort to assist Mr. Jaimes', who is disabled and on limited income, the "Blue Crew" contacted Lowes and Kwal Paint, which graciously donated all the needed material to remodel Mr. Jaimes' kitchen and make it more accessible to him in his wheelchair.

"As police officers, it is our job to assist those in need and sometimes the need is outside the realm of traditional police work," said HPD Officer Warren Jones. "It makes us feel good to be able to help someone in this way," Officer Jones added.

Supplies and services were donated by Lowes-West Spring, 20902 Kuykendahl Road in Spring, Texas, and Kwal Paint, 635 Rayford-Sawdust Road in the Woodlands.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Do the "Macarena"!

Almost there! Academy Class 212 graduates on June 14, 2012. Over six months of intensive training is soon coming to an end. Hang in there 2-1-2, another challenge is around the corner once you hit the streets.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Officers in Action

Recently a suspect with a pistol and his face partially covered with a bandana entered through the back door of a pizza restaurant and confronted the manager and another restaurant employee. With pistol in hand, the suspect demanded money f...rom the manager. The manager handed over a large amount of cash to the suspect who placed the money into a plastic bag. The suspect then left the building and ran across the street and got into a car. The car was seen speeding off by a nearby witness who wrote down the license plate. This information was given to the responding officers as they arrived on the scene.

The suspect’s vehicle license plate came back registered to a nearby residence. Officers K. Ahiabor, R. Walker, J. Pritchett, M. Carrion and C. Porche went to this location and located the vehicle which was used in the robbery with two male suspects still sitting inside the car. The suspects were detained without incident while more information was gathered regarding the robbery.

Back at the robbery scene, Officers C. Onwuka and R. Freeze were questioning the restaurant manager along with another store employee. During the questioning, these officers became suspicious of the employee who was inside when the robbery took place. The officers obtained the employee’s cell phone number and learned that his phone number was listed as an incoming call on the cell phone that belonged to one of the two suspects that were being detained. The phone calls were made just minutes prior to the robbery.

Meanwhile back at the location where the two suspects were being detained, Officer Ahiabor was told by one of the two suspects that the money bag and bandana were hidden in a nearby trash can. These items, along with the stolen cash were recovered.

As the investigation continued, the armed robbery suspect was positively identified by the restaurant manager as the person who held a pistol and robbed her. It was also learned that one of the two suspects detained was also a pizza restaurant employee who worked at this same restaurant. Both suspects that were detained, along with the male employee present during the robbery were transported to the Robbery Division where they soon all confessed to the planning and the robbery of the pizza restaurant.

These officers did an excellent job in investigating and interviewing the robbery suspects. Because of their quick response and initiative, the truth was learned about who was involved in this robbery. HPD would like to commend these officers for a job well done.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fallen Heroes

The Annual Memorial Service will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Houston Police Officers Memorial site to honor those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. A procession of police officers will walk down Memorial Drive beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

A candlelight vigil will be held and include the placing of a wreath on the Houston Police Officers Memorial, a roll call of deceased officers, a 21-gun salute, the playing of TAPS, and a fly-over by HPD helicopters.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

212 Record Breaker!

My name is Domenique Devito and I am a Police Cadet in Academy Class 212. It is an honor to be part of this class and I truly know what it’s like to be part of the “HPD family.”  These are my classmates, friends and soon to be brothers and sisters in blue.  We graduate in June. I can’t wait to hit the streets.

I recently broke a long standing record for the mile and a half run at the police academy during my final physical training test.

I didn’t run very much prior to the academy until I started attending the “Run With Your Recruiter” events that the Recruiting Unit conducts on a regular basis for police applicants in the process or for people who are just thinking about becoming a police officer with HPD.

I can’t tell you how much these events helped motivate me, encourage me, and push me into being the best candidate possible. I had the chance to meet with other applicants, talk with recruiters and get helpful tips about the application process in general. If you are thinking about joining HPD, I highly encourage you to attend the “Run With Your Recruiter” events. It’s not mandatory, but if you choose to be the best and train with the best, you should make very effort to attend. You will be glad you did in the long run. (No pun intended...)    

As far as breaking the record, I couldn’t have done it without my class cheering me on during every lap. Even my classmates who were running on the other side of the track were cheering me on. They all wanted to see me succeed.

When you have motivation like that, it pushes you even further.

The previous record for the female mile and a half time was 9:48. As I finished to the cheers of my classmates and instructors, I knew I had broken the old record, but I was very surprised and pleased to see that my time was 9:23.

The whole process from recruiting to the academy has been quite the experience, one I shall always remember fondly. I can’t wait to start the next chapter in my life next month as a patrol officer for HPD!     

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Police Week

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as "Police Week".

It is during Police Week that we remember and honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives so that we may live in safety and peace. Please join the Houston Police Department in commemorating the law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, selflessly dedicating their lives in the line of duty while serving to protect the citizens of our great city.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Missed the June class?

Be sure to check this blog and the website often for updated class information in the near future. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to make sure all your bases are covered once we start accepting applications again.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

It's the little things...

After taking care of a family disturbance that was out of control and extremely stressful, this officer made sure the abandoned puppy at the scene made it back home as well.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Officers in Action

Recently, Officer J. Dodson was dispatched to an Aggravated Robbery in progress at a local store. Officer Dodson arrived at the location within minutes to discover two suspects armed with pistols in the process of committing a robbery. Officer Dodson immediately relayed the information, along with a description of both suspects to the dispatcher and to his back up who had yet to arrive.

As Officer Dodson exited his police car he heard the sound that every officer hopes to never hear; his hand held radio began to beep. The battery to his hand held radio had died. Before back up could arrive, the suspects ran out the back door of the business. As the suspects fled, Officer Dodson, disregarding the fact that he did not have communication abilities with dispatch or the other units, valiantly gave chase on foot.

Officer Dodson chased the armed suspects alone, and out of radio contact, for several hundred yards. The foot chase ended in a nearby parking lot where he was able to apprehend one of the armed suspects without further incident. The second suspect was soon captured as well, thanks to the description that was provided by Officer Dodson before he lost radio communication.

HPD would like to commend Officer Dodson for a job well done. Because of his quick response, dedication and bravery, two extremely dangerous criminals were captured and placed behind bars.

Friday, May 4, 2012


- steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state,etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Run With Your Recruiter

I cannot stress enough the importance of attending a Run With Your Recruiter event. It's an opportunity to visit with recruiters, make an impression and develop skills you will need during the application process as well as the during the police academy. If you are avoiding these events because you feel you are not in shape or not ready, DON'T. You need to come out and see how far or how close you are to having the fiteness level that is required of you. It's fun to visit with officers and other applicants in the process, and get ideas and hints on how to become a better applicant. Hope to see you there!

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