HPD Chief Art Acevedo at the Citywide PIP Meeting

Friday, July 27, 2012

Run With Your Recruiter



Thanks to all who attended this mornings Run With Your Recruiter event. We had a great turn out.

If you could not make this mornings run, we have another event scheduled on August 10.

Take advantage of this opportunity to speak with recruiters, gauge your physical performance and see where you stand in the recruiting process. Besides, it's fun.

Try to make it next time, you never know what you might see... 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Run With Your Recruiter


It's time for another "Run With Your Recruiter" event at Memorial Park tomorrow (Friday, July 27, 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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Honoring Sergeant Paul Ogden III


At 11 a.m. TODAY (Wednesday, July 25), various members of the Houston Police Department's Command Staff and the HPD Eastside Patrol Station will gather to honor a retired HPD officer for his many years of service to the Eastside community.

Retired HPD Sergeant Paul E. Ogden III will be recognized and his plaque unveiled and mounted on the Eastside Patrol Station "Wall of Honor," at 7525 Sherman. Sgt. Ogden retired on June 22nd after more than 36 years of distinguished service. 
 
The Wall of Honor was built in 2008 after Officer Pedro "Pete" Jalomo retired in 2007, was diagnosed with cancer and passed away the following year. Officer Jalomo retired after 34 years of distinguished service, the last 30 of those years spent working patrol at the Eastside Division. A ceremony was held on January 22, 2009, as Officer Jalomo's plaque was placed on the Wall of Honor.

Sgt. Paul Ogden will be the second officer added to the Wall of Honor.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Officers In Action


Recently, Officer M. J. Moreno was flagged down on a burglary of a residence in progress as he patrolled his beat. A citizen and his brother had subdued a burglar in their house and in the process the burglar was stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife. Once Officer Moreno assessed the situation he called for back up and an ambulance. Sergeant J. M. DeMartin, Sergeant M. T. Ferguson, Officer N. A. Flores, Officer J. O. Garza-Cantu, Officer G. S. Moran and Officer D. A. Murillo arrived at the scene to assist Officer Moreno.

Sergeant DeMartin immediately organized scene security sending the officers to clear the residence while Sergeant Ferguson went to the aid of the suspect who had collapsed on the front lawn. Sergeant Ferguson saw that the suspect had a deep puncture wound to his chest which was pulsating blood into the air. He grabbed a t-shirt and applied steady pressure to the wound. Officer Murillo finished clearing the residence and went to assist Sergeant Ferguson. Officer Murillo shouted to the other officers on the scene to locate either a plastic bag or some sort of ID card to seal the wound. Officer Flores rushed to her patrol car and retrieved some zip lock bags and handed them to Officer Murillo. Officer Murillo sealed the suspect’s puncture with the bags as Sergeant Ferguson resumed applying pressure to the suspect’s chest. The officers spoke calmly to the suspect to prevent him from going into shock.

Houston Fire Department medics arrived at the scene and took the suspect to a nearby hospital where he immediately underwent surgery for a punctured aorta and lung.

The hospital surgeon credited the officers on the scene with saving the suspect’s life.

HPD would like to commend these officers for a job well done. Without the quick actions and life saving techniques this suspect would have died at the scene.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Rookie Instruction

video

If you interrogate them long enough and the correct way, they always fall under the pressure.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

How long...


...have you wanted to be a police officer?

Is it time to stop wanting and start doing?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Serve your community, have pride in your career...


Recently, the HPD Mounted Patrol welcomed the ARC of Fort Bend County (www.arcoffortbend.org) to their facility. The Arc of Fort Bend County is an organization that is an advocate for special needs children and adults. HPD Mounted patrol put on a demonstration for all who attended. Everyone had great time learning about horses, Mounted Patrol duties and even got to feed the horses their favorite treats.

HPD Mounted welcomes your inquiry for demonstrations at their facility.

They perform theses demonstrations for children groups, such as Scouts, senior adult groups, local police agencies; recently they performed several demos for the Pasadena PD Dart program, and for large neighborhood events - for example National Night Out in October. They will strive to accommodate all requests.

Primarily the demos are performed during the day or evening time Monday through Friday. And we will perform demos on the weekend or after duty hours on occasion.

Many of the demonstrations consist of small groups but they have performed demonstrations involving several thousand people.
Those who wish to sign up for a demonstration may contact their office at: 832-394-0399

Monday, July 16, 2012

Badge Retired


On May 29, 2011, Officer Kevin Will was struck and killed by a drunk driver as he investigated a hit-and-run accident involving a motorcyclist on the Loop 610 North, near Yale Street, at approximately 3:15 am.

Officer Will was interviewing a witness to the motorcycle accident when the drunk driver drove around barriers and emergency vehicles that were blocking the closed freeway. Seeing the vehicle approach, Officer Will warned the witness to jump out of the way. The citizen was able to jump to safety moments before Officer Will was struck and killed. Officer Will’s last act as a police officer was to save an innocent victims life from the oncoming vehicle. 

Officer Will had served with the Houston Police Department for almost two years. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and brother.

On Monday, (July 9, 2012) family members arrived at police headquarters where a badge ceremony took place retiring Kevin’s badge. The badge was placed on the Wall of Honor located within the police museum at 1200 Travis. 

It was somber moment and one that provided extreme heartbreak as Kevin’s youngest child was also on hand and never got the chance to meet his father before his death. Kevin’s wife was pregnant with him at the time of his passing. 

Rest in peace Kevin, you will always be remembered.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Gift Shop



The Houston Police Foundation Gift Shop will be open today (Friday, July 13, 2012) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

If you cannot make it, please check out our online shop at www.houstonpolicefoundation.org

Monies raised by the Houston Police Foundation benefit the Houston Police Department. The Houston Police Foundation has spent over two million dollars in safety equipment, training and technology for the Houston Police Department.

Thank you for supporting the Houston Police Foundation by becoming a member or by shopping at our gift shop.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Class 2-1-4


Welcome Academy Cadet Class 214!

Highlights of Class 214 are as follows:

Sixty-eight percent have college degrees and five cadets hold dual degrees.

· Thirteen Associate’s degrees
· Thirty-six Bachelor’s degrees
· Five Master’s degrees

Twenty-two percent have a military background representing the Army, Army Reserves, Marine Corps., Navy and the Coast Guard. One cadet was a Marine Captain and another was an Army Sergeant Major.

Cadets with Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice experience represent nearly nine percent of the class and one cadet is a former City of Houston Jailer.

Forty-three percent speak a second language and two cadets speak two languages other than English.

· Twenty-four speak Spanish
· Two speak Russian
· French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, German, Gujarati, and Khmer are also spoken

Eighteen cadets participate in the Cadet Mentor Program.

Eight cadets are carrying on a family tradition of law enforcement with the Houston Police Department.

Each cadet brings with them a wealth of life experiences regardless of age or worldly-travel. In fact, this class is comprised of some very unique individuals, including: an Eagle Scout, a minister, a pilot, a volunteer firefighter, several former City of Houston employees, an accomplished musician who plays nine instruments and a cadet who competes in Judo tournaments. One cadet, in addition to being a veteran, has several family members on the department. Perhaps the most interesting of all, is the cadet who was a contestant on the “Wheel of Fortune” in 2003.

All in all, we are proud to say Class #214 is representative of the various experiences and qualifications that bring people to Law Enforcement. The standards for entrance into the academy have become more challenging, yet the desire to be a Houston Police Officer was enough to motivate these cadets to do whatever it took to accomplish their goal. While they are all individuals, they are similar in their desire to serve the Houston community and society as a whole.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NAACP National Convention Diversity Job Fair






HPD Recruiting will be recruiting at the NAACP National Convention Diversity Job Fair at the George R. Brown Convention Center today (July 10, 2012) from 12 noon to 8:00 pm and tomorrow (July 11, 2012) 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The job fair is open to the public.

If you are in the area and can attend the event, this is a good opportunity to speak with a recruiter about a career with the Houston Police Department.

Information about a career with HPD is always available at www.hpdcareer.com or by calling the Recruiting Unit at 713-308-1300. We are currently taking applications for the October 2012 academy class and for anticipated academy classes in February and June of 2013.

Specific information about how to apply can be found at www.hpdcareer.com

Friday, July 6, 2012

Run With Your Recruiter


It's time for another "Run With Your Recruiter" event at Memorial Park on Friday, November 16, 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, July 3, 2012

RIP Sheriff Taylor


Actor Andy Griffith, who won the hearts of 1960s TV viewers with his role as gentle Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” died today at the age of 86.

New Look




HPD Police Chief Charles McClelland unveiled the new image/color scheme for the HPD patrol vehicles. HPD is moving to the traditional black and white.

Chief McCelland said,"Among the reasons for the change, is the f...act that the Ford Crown Victoria will no longer be manufactured. Also, many municipalities, state and nationwide, utilize this traditional color scheme and we'd like to be in line with those standards," added Chief McClelland.

Money confiscated from narcotics arrests (Asset Forfeitures) is being used to pay for the new look.

It will take at least two years for the entire fleet to be converted. In the mean time, Crown Victorias with the old blue and white colors scheme will be visible throughout the city.

Monday, July 2, 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, an unknown female driver, who had been drinking approached an intersection and collided with a motorcycle nearly killing the rider. The rider only survived her injuries after a quick responding HPD officer arrived at the scene, administered CPR to the lifeless victim and after reviving her, she was transported to Ben Taub for emergency care. The officer’s life-saving action saved the life of the severely injured victim. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene without identifying herself or calling for help. The only clue available to investigators was a possible plate number provided by a citizen who witnessed the horrific accident and watched as the driver fled the scene.

HPD investigators armed with only a possible plate number, provided by a witness, an investigation of the vehicle would be the only way possible to find and bring the suspect to justice. The determination of the officers proved fruitful when they found the suspect’s car hidden in a parking lot in a nearby apartment complex.  Investigators learned that the suspect was picked up and fled in another car, but before she fled with the accomplice, a second car was parked next to the suspect’s car in an effort to conceal the suspect’s car from being found. Investigators also learned that the owner of the second car also owned the car abandoned by the suspect.  As the investigation was progressing, the suspect returned to the scene and was watching the investigation within a nearby crowd, when an alert officer remembered the description of the suspect detected and detained her for questioning.

During questioning, the suspect was evasive with her identity and was not helpful to investigators and she denied any involvement in the hit and run accident that nearly killed a motorcyclist. The investigators were confident they had the right person in custody, but they did not know her identity and the suspect was being evasive and uncooperative during questioning. The investigation was at a critical point in the investigation and needed help, so they contacted the RTCC.

This assignment was given to one of the RTCC’s top analyst, CIA Contreras. He utilized numerous Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) databases in order to obtain any information associated with the suspect. CIA Contreras went to work and in a short time was able to obtain the suspect’s identity, as well as her association with the vehicle. He also discovered that the suspect was giving investigators a fictitious partial name. Confronted with this new information, the suspect relented to her involvement, admitted her guilt and gave investigators a confession.

The case was solved and charges were filed. HPD would like to commend CIA Contreras and all the patrol officers involved for a job well done. Because of CIA Contreras experience and skill, this investigation was brought to an expeditious end.