HPD Chief Art Acevedo at the Citywide PIP Meeting

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween




Beginning at 5:00 p.m. today, officers at the Houston Police Department’s Sunnyside and Telephone Road Storefronts are inviting the community to Trick or Treat with HPD.

Residents are encouraged to come in costume and learn valuable Halloween safety tips before their children go door-to-door on Halloween. Free refreshments and live DJ music will be provided.

(In case you were wondering about the Batman photo, that little guy on the right was me. Even back then I knew I wanted to protect and serve.) 

Batman may not be real, but you can still protect and serve the citizens of Houston by applying online today by clicking right HERE.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Recently, Sergeant Semein was dispatched to a ‘Silent 911/ Coin Phone’ call. Sergeant Semein arrived at the location and learned that the person who called was a truck driver making a delivery to a restaurant and had just been held up at gunpoint. The victim had been unloading his truck when the female robbery suspect approached him with a gun pointed at him and told him to “stay still.” The victim got scared and ran away. As he ran away, he heard the click of the gun.

The suspect ran from the location without obtaining any of the victim’s property. Sergeant Semein was able to get a description of the suspect and immediately began searching the area. Sgt. Semein located the suspect walking along the street just around the corner from where the robbery took place. Knowing that the suspect was possibly armed, Sergeant Semein displayed his duty weapon and ordered her to raise her hands. The suspect was then taken into custody without incident. Sergeant Semein located a semi-automatic pistol with four rounds in the magazine and one round jammed in the chamber, indicating that the suspect had indeed attempted to shoot the victim. An additional thirteen rounds of ammunition were recovered from the suspect’s backpack. The suspect was arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.

Sergeant Semein’s actions in this incident were indispensable in capturing a dangerous robbery suspect who, except for the malfunction of her weapon, may have also committed a murder of an innocent victim. Moreover, by his actions Sergeant Semein displayed a diligent work ethic that sets the example for officers under his command and throughout the department.

Sergeant Semein’s conduct and character command the respect of his officers, reflect well on the Houston Police Department and serve the citizens of Houston well. HPD would like to commend him for a job well done.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Real Time Crime Center (RTCC)


Criminal Intelligence Analyst (CIA) Jackson works within a specialized unit called the Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) for the Houston Police Department (HPD).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, CIA Jackson assisted both patrol units and the SWAT detail with a shooting in progress that almost turned deadly.

This story begins with a mother and child peacefully sleeping in their home when suddenly they were awaken by the explosive sound of gunfire. Immediately, the mother walked over to the window and pulled back the curtain to see what was happening outside. She became alarmed because it was her bedroom window that was the target of the gunman. She immediately called the Houston Police Department for help. She ventured outside to see if there was any other damage to her house when she noticed the gunman was still in her backyard. The suspect threatened to kill her before he fled towards a nearby house. She recognized the suspect and as patrol officers were arriving on the scene she told them where the suspect was hiding and who he was.
The patrol officers arriving on the scene found the gunman barricaded inside a residence. While officers were arriving on the scene, CIA Michael Jackson jumped into action utilizing his analytic skills to query the various databases within the RTCC and he immediately determined the gunman’s real name, his date of birth, photo and criminal history.

Meanwhile, at the scene where the gunman had barricaded himself, officers were busy taking cover and surrounding the house where the gunman was hiding. When SWAT arrived on the scene, CIA Jackson electronically sent a picture of the gunman along with his criminal history to the SWAT team before they entered the residence where the gunman was supposedly barricaded. Armed with the gunman’s criminal profile, the SWAT team went into action confident that they knew what to expect from the gunman and before long the gunman was in custody without any injuries.

The information that the CIA Jackson provided the investigators was critical in the expedient apprehension of the gunman.

HPD would like to commend CIA Jackson for a job well done.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A - ttention!


We are currently accepting applications for Academy Cadet Class 216. Apply HERE today.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

213 - Make us Proud!


Congratulations to Cadet Class 213 as they graduate tonight after 26 weeks of extensive training at the Houston Police Academy. Make us proud! (Pictured are classes 213 in the front followed by 214 and 215; as well as the training staff.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Officers In Action


Recently, four suspects entered a money loan business wearing masks and armed with pistols. One of the suspects proceeded to point his pistol at the female employee (the only employee at the time) and told her to open the safe or he would kill her. The employee became shaken and extremely nervous and was unable to open the safe. This prompted the suspect to kick her in the chest and she ended up breaking her hand as she fell to the floor. Unable to gain entry into the safe, the suspects were able to obtain a small amount of cash out of the money drawer and fled the scene.

Officer E. Torres while on patrol was enroute to a disturbance call when he noticed the four suspects from the robbery fleeing from the business they had just robbed. They were wearing masks and carrying pistols. Officer Torres immediately jumped into action.

Officer Torres noticed that the suspect’s had run into an apartment complex next to the business. He immediately advised the dispatcher and called for backup. Officers A. Pizana, S. Peak, V. Rogers, D. Sudderth and E. Woodard quickly arrived at the scene, setting up a perimeter around the apartment complex. Two of the four suspects were immediately captured without incident. Officer Pizana then observed another suspect running through the breezeway of the complex and was able to track him down and place him under arrest as well. Officer Torres knew that one suspect remained and continued the search. Officer Torres finally observed the last suspect jumping a patio fence and entering into a vacant apartment. Officers Peak, Rogers, Sudderth and Woodard chased the suspect into the vacant apartment and captured him hiding in a closet.

Officers soon learned that each suspect they had arrested had previously been convicted of various felony crimes as well as aggravated robbery in the past. Also, it was discovered that these same suspects had just committed a robbery in adjacent Harris County’s jurisdiction.

Without Officer Torres’ vigilance as well as team work, good communication, and prompt actions of he and his fellow officers these violent suspects would have escaped and continued to victimize and rob the citizens of Houston. HPD would like to commend these officers for a job well done.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fortitude


All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
 
~Winston Churchill

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Now Hiring...


...and I promise you will get shirts that fit this time.


We have several openings for the next academy class starting in February.
Start your journey to a rewarding and fulfilling career right HERE.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

911 Heroes Run (2012)


The annual Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run at Ellington Field Airport in Houston, Texas was held last month. The Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department and the Houston Airport System participated in a 5K run to remember, honor and support our men and women in the Armed Services, Police, Firefighter and emergency responder communities who protect and serve our country every day.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Run With Your Recruiter














What a fantastic morning for the Run With Your Recruiter event at Memorial Park. If you missed it this morning, we have another one scheduled for (Friday) October 19, 2012.

Join us next time. It's a great opportunity to speak one on one with a recruiter and test your skills and prepare for the physical agility test that you must successfully pass to become a police cadet.

See you next time!

Interested? Click HERE.