HPD Chief Art Acevedo at the Citywide PIP Meeting

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Class 212 Update - Cadet Rivera



After eleven weeks in a classroom learning Constitutional law, State law, and Civil law, Class 212 was getting a severe case of 'cabin fever'.  I am glad to say the class held it together.  Our class has entered the second phase of training at the Academy.  Skills.  Every Cadet is eager to get to skills.  Cadets are trained in safe manipulation of driving a Police Cruiser.  We are trained in the ways to protect individuals from harm to themselves, as well as, Police Officers.  And lastly, how to safely use firearms.  Safety is the key for everyone involved.  Did I mention that this phase is fun?  Oh yeah…real fun.  Many Cadets have switched into competitive mode to see who can do the skills courses the best.  It is challenging but it's a blast!

Becoming a Houston Police Officer is a difficult process.  We are not even half-way through our training.  The schedule and demands are tough.  Plus, our trainers expect no less than excellence and professionalism from us.   We are reminded that many eyes are upon us because the bar was set so high for our class.  Recently, we had a Physical Midterm Test.  We were told that we exceeded expectations and our class met a milestone that had not been achieved in years. 

But the Class has learned that sometimes one step forward is easily met with two steps backwards in the same day or the same hour.  As students we are taught to be ever vigilant.   A thick skin in this profession is a must.  If you find it hard to receive correction and criticism in any form, this may not be the career path for you.  You also need an attitude of service.  To become a police officer, you must come to terms with the fact that you are putting your life on the line for people you may or may not know.  You must also choose integrity before loyalty in this line of work.  As a public servant, you are looking for ways to help citizens, family, and fellow police officers.  The reward is knowing you did your job with integrity and the way you were trained.  Sadly, we may never receive a thank you.

Today we were told that Law Enforcement is an honorable profession.  I would have to agree. Not because I chose this career but because I see the rich experience we see from those that have gone before us.  I also see the hope and promise in the eyes of my fellow classmates in Class 212.  Keep an eye on us.  Expect great things from us.

Cadet Rivera
Class President-212
"United in Blue"

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New HPD Career Website is now live!

Check out the new HPD Career website for the latest information on becoming one of Houston's finest. We are anticipating taking applications in mid-March, so BE READY!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Officers in Action



Recently during the holiday season, Officer G. Garcia and Officer S. Rubio were dispatched to a call for service which involved a woman who advised them that she suffered from depression and anxiety but did not have any money or resources to go to the doctor. Further investigation verified her claims and her need for help. The officers contacted the Houston Police Department’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Team to get her some assistance. The officers along with the Mobile Crisis Outreach Team immediately began to assist the woman in her time of need.

Officers Garcia and Rubio also observed that the woman’s two children were not adequately clothed and appeared to be hungry and cold. The apartment in which the family resided was cold and dirty and there was no food in the refrigerator or pantry. Further investigation proved that the woman was disabled, unemployed and in danger of losing her apartment. Officers Garcia and Rubio went to a nearby store and bought clothing and several holiday gifts for the children using their personal funds.

HPD would like to commend these officers for their generosity and thorough investigation. These officers demonstrated professionalism and diligence in the performance of their duties. As a result, this woman and her family will get the assistance that they need.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

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plural   op·por·tu·ni·ties

: a good chance for advancement or progress

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Let's Do This!


If you are currently going through the application process, thinking about a career change or just curious about what it is like to be a police officer, please join us for the Run With Your Recruiter events.

It is a great way to have a conversation with a recruiter, ask questions about becoming a police officer, or if you are already in the process, what to expect from here on out.

It is not mandatory for you to attend, but it is highly encouraged. You need to be prepared and in shape once you enter the academy. Why not join possible future classmates and get a head start over those not attending.

For more information and instructions on attending please click here.
See you there!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Run With Your Recruiter

It's time for another "Run With Your Recruiter" event at Memorial Park on Friday, May 18, 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@gmail.com

Even if you have already taken the PT test and are in the application process, we encourage you to continue your training. Please join us if possible.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Real Time Crime Center


Criminal Intelligence Analyst (CIA) Vela and CIA Baker work within a specialized unit called the Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) for the Houston Police Department. Additionally, the 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, HPD officers were investigating an aggravated robbery and auto theft that involved a group of armed suspects. Specifically, the aggravated robbery occurred just after midnight as the victim was meeting a friend for the first time in a parking lot of an apartment complex. While waiting for her friend the unarmed victim was approached from behind by an unknown armed male. The armed suspect forced the victim into a nearby apartment and now the armed assailant was pointing a gun directly into the victim’s face. The armed assailant then sexually assaulted her while several other suspects ignored her plea for help. After the assailant assaulted the victim he grabbed her purse and dumped her items out, stealing her valuables and car keys. The armed gunman then stole the victim’s car and fled the scene. The victim regained her composure and that’s when she called HPD for help.

HPD officers quickly began their investigation into this horrific crime. Officers started to piece together a series of armed kidnappings, sexual assaults, armed robbery, and auto thefts that were related to the investigation. Furthermore, the investigators discovered that these offenses were being committed by a single group of armed suspects who were preying on young victims when they were alone and vulnerable.

The investigation team was moving as fast as it could to bring the armed group into custody and it was not long when their officers were involved in a vehicle pursuit with two of the armed suspects as they were attempting to evade arrest after fleeing from a stolen car. Through the course of the investigation, the investigators were able to determine that one of the armed assailants had called the victim from a cell phone. The investigators now needed assistance in locating the assailant’s whereabouts, so they contacted the RTCC for assistance.

Therefore, all relevant facts of the case were submitted to the RTCC for analytical research. CIA Vela and CIA Baker were assigned to the investigation. They both began to methodically process the information for any possible leads. Utilizing their analytical skills to query the various databases within the RTCC, CIA Vela was able to obtain a substantial amount of information such as, a picture, addresses and identifiers associated with the head of the armed group through a phone number that linked the suspect to a victim. CIA Baker continued with his search and verified the suspect’s phone number; further, he provided additional photos of the suspects and incrimination information associated with the crime spree. Furthermore, as the first two suspects were being questioned for the stolen vehicle it was discovered that they were part of a ruthless gang involved in a crime spree on the west side of Houston. The information that CIA Vela and CIA Baker provided to the investigators expedited the arrest of the remaining gang members for their violent heinous crimes. It was not long before investigators filed charges and arrested the entire gang including the ringleader. The information that the CIA Baker and CIA Vela provided the investigators was instrumental in the expedient apprehension of these violent assailants and the prevention of any further crimes by this violent gang.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Attempted Abduction

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                                                  Click Play Above    -Courtesy of: The Associated Press (AP)

(This is not your normal blog post today folks. This is a hard reminder to please keep an eye on your children when you are out in public.)

This video footage from a Walmart surveillance camera in Georgia last week shows a 7-year-old girl only feet from her mother when a 25-year-old predator tries to carry her out of the store.
She fought back and got away.

The suspect was captured and arrested by police within an hour.

Please share this video with your children, family members and friends. It’s important to let your children know about these types of incidents and that they can happen within seconds if you are not paying attention.

Teach your children about the common lures predators use such as:

"I lost my pet. Will you help me find it?"
"I have some candy, money, or a toy for you."
"Your daddy and mommy told me to take you to them.”
“I work here and I need to speak with you.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Officers in Action


Recently, officers were dispatched to a Burglary in Progress. The victim stated that she was asleep upstairs when she heard a window break downstairs. She looked outside and saw three male suspects entering her back window. After the call was dispatched, Officers S. Wunderlich, W. Elliott, M. Gregory, P. Caro, and M. Pena, responded to the call and arrived in less than two minutes. The officers took position in the front and back of the home.

Officers Wunderlich and Gregory were positioned in the rear of the home, when the burglars started to run out the back door. The burglars saw the officers and ran back into victims home. Officers were advised that the victim was on an open line with the dispatch sergeant. The dispatcher advised officers that the victim could hear the burglars moving around inside her home. The incident became even more of a nightmare when the victim told the dispatcher that the burglars were coming up the stairs to her bedroom. A short time later the dispatcher could hear the burglars talking to the victim. The burglars were trying to find a way to get out of the home. One of the burglars told the victim that he wanted her to tell the police that he was her boyfriend and the other burglars were his friends.

Sergeant M. Miller arrived on the scene shortly after the officers. The victim was still on the open line, while she talked with the burglars. The victim was understandably scared and upset but was able to convince the burglars that she would follow their plan. They all went downstairs and officers ordered the burglars to come out the front door. The burglars and the victim came out the front door into a small area where they became trapped. They were ordered to lay flat by officers. Officer Pena grabbed the closest burglar and dragged him forward and out of the way so the victim could be separated from the suspects. All three of the burglars were arrested without further incident. Officers R. Perez, S. Yusuf, arrived and assisted in the arrest of the burglars. Officer C. Truhan processed the scene for evidence and took photos of the stolen property which was recovered from the burglars’ pockets. All three suspects were charged with the Felony of Burglary of a Habitation.

A second incident was dispatched as a Burglary in Progress, where the call slip read that witnesses observed several males break into an apartment and load items into a white Chevrolet Caprice. Within minutes Sergeant M. Miller and Officer M. Gregory, arrived on the scene and began looking for the suspects. Officer Gregory advised that he spotted a vehicle which matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle, exiting an apartment complex in the area. Sergeant Miller pulled in behind the suspect’s vehicle and advised that it was occupied by four males. Sergeant Miller assisted by Officer Gregory pulled the suspects over and detained the suspects. Sergeant K. L. Richards and Lieutenant T. M. Kubiak, supervisors over the Westside Tactical Unit, contacted officers on the scene and advised them that they were working several burglaries with the same vehicle and suspects. They arrived on the scene along with several officers from the Tactical Unit. The Tactical Unit took over the investigation. They interviewed the witnesses, conducted the field show up, got three of the suspects positively identified, transported the suspects, completed the offense report, and filed the Felony charge of Burglary of a Habitation on three of the suspects. Officers S. C. Wunderlich, H. Elliott, V. Nguyen, T. Le, assisted with the scene. Officer C. Truhan again processed the scene. Property from the burglary was recovered from the suspects and returned to the victim.

Officers S. Wunderlich, M. Gregory, W. H. Elliott, C. Truhan, and Sergeant M. Miller were pivotal in both of these burglaries. The officer’s quick response time and team work lead to both of these felony offenses ending with the arrest of six dangerous felons, and one juvenile that was released to his father. Sergeant Richards and Lieutenant Kubiak, of the Westside Tactical Team were on another assignment and heard the second call go out. They recognized it was related to cases they were working and quickly mobilized and took over the scene from patrol officers. Charges were filed against the suspects, stolen property was returned to the owners, and the traumatized young complainant was saved from further harm.

HPD would like to commend all officers involved for a job well done. Because of their quick response, dedication and hard work several dangerous criminals were captured and placed behind bars.

Tuesday, February 7, 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

Even if you have already taken the PT test and are in the application process, we encourage you to continue your training. Please join us if possible.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS


We are no longer accepting application packets at this time.
It is anticipated that the Recruiting Unit will begin accepting application packets again in mid-March 2012 for a projected June 2012 Academy Class. Please check back again with http://www.hpdcareer.com/ for further updates.

If you are interested in a career with the Houston Police Department and would like to be kept informed about future recruiting activities and application openings, please complete the contact form to be added to our email contact list.

If you have any additional questions, please contact HPD Recruiting at 713-308-1300 or 800-252-0473.