Friday, September 28, 2012

Funny Friday

“Really Cadet Brown? First Cadet Bascom forgets his shoes, then I look over at you and you have no shirt on? Really? Looks like push-up city this afternoon.”

"So sorry Lieutenant Head, I thought I thought the sign said: No shoes, No shirt, No Problem."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Officers In Action

Recently, Officer S. Blevins responded to a suspicious person call and realized that the vehicle description given out over the radio matched that of a vehicle used in a string of recent robberies.

This instinctively led Officer Blevins to believe the “suspicious person” call may actually be the robbery suspects. Officer Blevins recalled that the suspects had struck repeatedly near ATM machines a
nd decided to drive by a nearby bank with an ATM machine while enroute to the original call.

His instincts were right.

Upon reaching the bank, Officer Blevins observed a suspect pinning a victim against an ATM attempting to rob him. Officer Blevins also observed the vehicle used in the multiple robberies parked at the location.

Officer Blevins jumped into action and was able to arrest the suspect without incident while possibly saving the victims life in the process. Officer Blevins immediately called for backup after making the initial arrest. Arriving backup officers were able to capture one additional suspect who was attempting to flee the scene.

Officers recovered over three thousand dollars in cash, approximately twenty cell phones, numerous debit cards, identification cards and a passport from the suspect’s vehicle.

The suspects which had been described by the victims as being “high” during the robberies were also found to be in possession of a substantial amount of narcotics.

Due to Officer Blevins actions these criminals were apprehended and over fifteen robberies were cleared, not counting those committed in two neighboring counties.

HPD would like to commend Officer Blevins and those who backed him up for a job well done. Because of his actions two very dangerous criminals were taken off the streets of Houston.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

End Of Watch

“I am the Police, and I am here to arrest you. You have broken the law. I did not write the law, I may even disagree with the law, but I will enforce it. Nothing will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with bars. Behind my badge is a heart like yours. I bleed, I think, I love, and yes, I can be killed. And although I am but one man, I have thousands of brothers and sisters who would die for me and I for them. We stand watch together. I am fate with a badge and a gun. The Thin-Blue-Line, protecting the prey from the predators, the good from the bad. We are the Police.”

-End of Watch

I saw this film the other day and found it a refreshing portrayal of big city cops running big city calls. Overall the movie hit squarely on the camaraderie of unique and brave individuals doing a serious and dangerous job very few would want to do. Other than one scene at the beginning (pure Hollywood) I found that it shows officers in a very good light doing a tough job in a tough city. This is one of the more realistic "police movies" I have seen in awhile. It was obvious that the stars of the film took the time and effort to complete "ride-alongs" with the real LAPD. If you are thinking about a career in law enforcement I encourage you to take a look at this film. It's tough to watch at times and it will stress you out during some scenes, but nothing like doing it for real. 

We are actively accepting applications at this time. We have numerous openings for Police Cadet. Start by applying online here.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Now accepting Police Cadet applications for the February 4, 2012 Police Academy. For more information please click here.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Star of Texas

This past Friday, state officials honored and recognized six Houston police officers injured or killed in the line of duty while protecting and serving the citizens of Houston.

The ceremony took place in the Texas House of Representatives Chamber of the State Capitol, 1400 Congress Avenue, in Austin.

Governor Rick Perry presented the "Star of Texas" Award to the following HPD officers:

Officer Osvaldo Gutierrez, of the Westside Patrol Division - On February 22, 2008, Officer Gutierrez was shot and wounded in the line of duty while attempting to arrest two motor vehicle burglary suspects in the parking lot of a shopping center in northwest Houston.

Senior Police Officer Victor Hill, of the Northwest Patrol Division - On October 27, 2007, Officer Hill was shot and wounded in the line of duty while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect at an apartment complex in northwest Houston.

Officer Nainash S. Patel, of the Narcotics Division - On February 24, 2011, Officer Patel was shot and wounded in the line of duty while assisting in a large-scale narcotics undercover operation at a residence in north Houston.

Retired Senior Police Officer Isidro Perez, of the Traffic Enforcement Division - On July 6, 2010, Officer Perez suffered several broken bones and serious injuries while conducting a traffic stop on the Gulf Freeway near Edgebrook.

Officer Jeffrey Werner, of the Juvenile Division and Officer John Horelica, of the Midwest Patrol Division - On February 24, 2007, Officers Werner and Horelica suffered extensive injuries after being struck by an intoxicated driver while trying to arrest an assault suspect in southwest Houston.

In 2003, the Star of Texas Awards were created to honor and commemorate selected first responders who made profound commitments while performing their duties as peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders.

Friday, September 14, 2012

How Long?

How long have you wanted to be a police officer?

We are actively hiring at this time with openings available in the next three scheduled classes.

Don't "want" to be a police officer any longer, BE a police officer.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Officers In Action

Recently, Officers A. Maldonado and J. Newberry were dispatched to an Assault in Progress call for service. As they were driving to the scene, they were unaware that a suspect had already stabbed his wife and two infant children.

Once they arrived, they saw the suspect inside the home through a broken window holding a large butcher knife to his own throat. The suspect was holding a female who had visible injuries and demanded that officers speak with him in Spanish only and that the media be summoned. The officers soon found out from witnesses that the suspect’s wife and two infant children were inside the residence.

SWAT was immediately contacted to assist. After SWAT was contacted, officers set up a perimeter around the location as back up patrol units and supervisors began to arrive at the location.

Officer M. Salazar and Sergeant Benavides spoke with the suspect in Spanish and saw that the female he was holding was covered in blood. She was breathing and showed some movement, but was otherwise unresponsive. The officers noted that the suspect would become more agitated whenever an officer approached close enough to see inside the residence. As Officer Salazar and Sergeant Benavides spoke with the suspect, Lieutenant Hamilton could see that the injured female was staring at a position on the floor in front of her. He moved close enough to see through the window that the suspect’s two infant children were lying on the floor also covered in blood. Lieutenant Hamilton implored the suspect to let him have the infants so that medical aid could be rendered but the suspect only yelled for him to get back.

Lieutenant Hamilton quickly made the decision there was no time available to wait for SWAT officers to arrive and he formed an entry team to come to the aid of the injured family members.
Lieutenant Hamilton, Sergeant Bryant, Sergeant Benavides, Officer Maldonado, and Officer J. Hayes made entry via an unlocked back door. Lieutenant Hamilton entered first followed by Officers Maldonado and Hayes with their Tazers at the ready to provide less than lethal force followed by the two sergeants backing them up. Lieutenant Hamilton approached the suspect and again implored him to drop the knife and allow the injured to be treated. The suspect yelled for him to get back and the suspect began to cut into his own throat with the knife he was holding. Lieutenant Hamilton then ordered Officer Maldonado to discharge his Tazer at the suspect. The Tazer darts struck the suspect but the suspect began to pull at the Tazer wires so Lieutenant Hamilton also ordered Officer Hayes to discharge his Tazer at the suspect as well. After both Tazer’s were successfully deployed, the other entry team members were able to take the suspect into custody and recover the knife he had been wielding.
The officers were then able to remove the injured family members to waiting HFD paramedics who assessed and triaged the wife and two infants after which all three were transported to the hospital. The suspect had injuries to his neck and he was transported with police escort as well. Sadly, the youngest of the infants, an eight month old girl, succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The other infant, a one year old male, and his mother both suffered serious injury during the initial assault by the supect but were expected to survive.
Lieutenant Hamilton recognized the special circumstances and impending danger and took prompt and effective action while lives were at stake. HPD would like to recognize the following officers and supervisors who handled this incident in an exemplary manner and would like to commend each of them for their actions that night.

Lieutenant D. Hamilton
Sergeant D. Bryant
Sergeant D. Benavidez
Officer A. Maldonado
Officer J. Newberry
Officer J. Hayes
Officer M. Salazar
Officer C. Brewster
Officer M. Quiroga
Officer J. Cox
Officer C. Bautista
Officer T. Salina

Do You have what it takes? Apply Today.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Apply Today!

We still have a few Police Cadet openings for the October 15, 2012 - Academy Class. If you are interested and meet the criteria please apply online. Once you have applied online gather all your needed documents and you are welcome to "walk-in" without an appointment. Please arrive at 1200 Travis (Police Headquarters) on the 13th floor to request an  an interview. WE WILL BE ACCEPTING THESE "WALK-INS" tomorrow (09/12/2012) and Thursday (9/13/2012) from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

See you then!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Real Time Crime Center

The Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) is a centralized technology center in which its primary purpose is to expediently capture and provide field officers/investigators with instant and comprehensive information to help identify suspects, crime patterns and prevent emerging crime.

Recently, a woman was walking alone through a parking lot, when a stranger pulled up next to her and offered her a ride. The woman accepted the ride because she was on foot and had some distance to travel. The unknown male willingly offered her a ride into a safer area, but it was not long afterwards that she began to notice that the stranger was travelling in a direction away from the main roadways. The woman had considered jumping out of the suspect’s vehicle, but the male locked her in and she could not open the door. Suddenly, the stranger pulled out a knife, and put the blade on her throat and threatened to kill her if she resisted or screamed for help. The suspect held the knife to her chest as he sexually assaulted her.The woman attempted to resist by grabbing the knife away from the suspect, but he pulled it out of her hands inflicting a knife wound. The suspect then abandoned the victim in a dark isolated area and fled the scene. It was at this time, that the victim made a mental note of the suspect’s vehicle and a possible plate number.

The victim made her way to an open business and urgently called the police for help. HPD officers immediately arrived on the scene and got her the medical care that she needed as they began a police investigation and a search for a sexual predator. The victim proved to be very helpful in the investigation and though she thought that she recorded the suspect’s plate number correctly, investigators determined that the plate was not correct. The investigation had now come to a halt pending any other leads from the victim or the report provided by the completion of the DNA analysis resulting from the sexual assault. However,the the victim did not relent on what she remembered about the plate number and insisted that she was at least positive about the last three characters of the plate number.

HPD investigators sought the assistance of the RTCC to help apprehend the rapist. This assignment was given to one of the RTCC’s top analyst, CIA Baker. He utilized numerous Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) databases in order to obtain any information associated with the suspect’s vehicle. CIA Baker began his research and was able to obtain name of the owner of the suspect’s vehicle and a possible home address. CIA Baker’s research involved searching through a national database of all vehicles that matched the description of the vehicle and adding the characters of the plate number that the victim provided to his inquiry. It was not long afterwards, that he narrowed his search to a few vehicles in the Houston area and to one vehicle in particular, which came back to an address just a couple of miles from the crime scene.

This information was immediately given to investigators, who used this information to track the dangerous suspect, within a short period of time he was arrested and brought into custody. The case was solved and charges were filed. HPD would like to commend CIA Baker and the HPD investigators involved for a job well done.

Because of CIA Baker’s experience and skill, this investigation was brought to an expeditious end and a sexual predator was removed from the streets of Houston.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

On the Lighter Side...

Here is something you don't see everyday.

Moscow police have arrested 10 environmental activists, including four dressed in polar bear costumes, who were protesting outside the main office of Gazprom, the Russian oil and natural gas giant.

A career in law enforcement - Everyday is different, everyday is unique.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Courtesy of the HPD Museum

Here are a few photographs from the Houston Police Academy during the early sixties.