HPD Chief Art Acevedo at the Citywide PIP Meeting

Monday, December 24, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays

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Mounted Patrol is just one of more than 250 units and divisions within the Houston Police Department. Why not apply online today and give yourself the best present ever, a career you can be proud of.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Houston "SWATT"


We would like to thank the big guy in the middle, Houston Texan JJ "SWATT" for supporting HPD.

J.J. Watt has family back home who has been in the First Responder business for almost three decades. J.J. wanted to support HPD by participating is a recent photo shoot. Seen here are some members of the HPD SWAT Team posing with J.J.

With a defense like the Houston Texans and our HPD SWAT team I would say we have Houston covered.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Do have what it takes?


Police Officer.

There is no other job quite like this one. New day, new dilemma. No two days are alike. It takes a certain kind of person to do this job. Just know this, it is one of the most rewarding careers you will ever come across. You really can make a difference in your community. Do you have what it takes? Find out more right HERE.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Shop with a Cop


Recently, Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr., HPD officers and volunteers joined 20 children affiliated with Children’s Protective Services in a special holiday shopping spree at the Target store at 2580 Shearn Street.

The “Shop with a Cop” event partners every child with an officer, who will help that child pick out items on their holiday wish-list using a $100 gift card donated by Target Stores.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Officers in Action


Recently, Eastside DGU officers were scouring the district looking for a certain black sedan with paper tags believed to have been used in several burglaries in the area. Officers A. Yanez and A. Gonzalez located a vehicle matching the description entering an area neighborhood. Officers Yanez and Gonzalez began following the vehicle while at the same time advising additional units of the situation.

Eventually they observed the vehicle back into a driveway in front of a resi
dence within the neighborhood. The driver got out and began knocking on the door of the residence and looking through the front windows. Officer Yanez coordinated the arriving units and began placing them in perimeter positions near the house in anticipation of the suspect making entry. They did not have to wait long as the suspect proceeded to kick in the front door of the house and entered. Units quickly and quietly descended on the home blocking the suspect’s vehicle in and covering the front and rear doors of the home. As the suspect came back to the front door he was met by patrol Officers A. Silva, and N. Blankinship-Reeves who ordered the suspect to the ground. Once on the ground he was quickly handcuffed and a loaded pistol was removed from his left front pocket. (This gun was later discovered to had been stolen from a home burglary three days prior.)

Officer Gonzalez shockingly discovered a three year old child inside the suspect’s vehicle which turned out to be the suspect’s child. The child was taken into custody without incident or harm coming to the child.

Numerous stolen items were also recovered from inside the vehicle which had been stolen from previous burglaries the suspect had committed throughout the day.

Furthermore, the suspect admitted to officers that he had more stolen items located in his apartment. He was transported to his apartment where numerous stolen items were recovered.

The suspect agreed to show officers the other homes in the area he had burglarized. In all, the suspect showed officers over eleven homes he had burglarized, each of these locations were corroborated with recent Houston Police case numbers, as well as items recovered from the suspect’s home.

The officers mentioned above, along with officers R. Segura,
J. DeLosAngeles, V. Garcia and S. Duron showed how teamwork, determination and fortitude works. Each officer worked in unison doing their part, which resulted in a dangerous criminal being taken off the streets of Houston without incident.

HPD would like to commend these officers for a job well done.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Run With Your Recruiter


It's time for another "Run With Your Recruiter" event at Memorial Park on Friday, March 22, 2013 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, December 5, 2012

Real Time Crime Center


Criminal Intelligence Analysis Hernandez & Jackson work within a specialized unit called the Real Time Crime Center for the Houston Police Department. The Real Time Crime Center 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, both Criminal Intelligence Analysis Hernandez & Jackson were contacted by the Robbery Division and the Investigative First Responders Unit to assist in gathering information regarding an aggravated robbery.

This criminal escapade transpired at a local pawn shop in the Houston area. The business was open and staff was assisting customers when all of the sudden an armed individual aggressively entered the pawn shop waving his weapon and yelling at everyone to hit the floor. Fearing for their lives, the staff and customers immediately complied. Once face down on the floor, the suspect began to violently smash all of the glass counter tops containing high dollar items and jewelry. Within in a matter of seconds the suspect fled the scene with the stolen items. Once management realized that the suspect was gone they immediately hit the panic alarm and the police responded to the scene. Fortunately no staff, customers or bystanders were injured or taken hostage during the incident.

Officers arrived on scene and gathered all resources of information broadcasting the suspect’s description and getaway vehicle information over the radio. Within minutes, officers within the area spotted the vehicle and attempted to apprehend the suspects. During the pursuit the passenger bailed out of the vehicle on foot and officers were able to capture him without further incident; however, the accomplice/driver eluded police and escaped.

The next day Robbery detectives along with the Investigative First Responder’s Unit assigned to the case contacted the Real Time Crime Center to assist in finding any possible leads concerning the second suspect and vehicle used in the robbery.

Criminal Analysis Hernandez and Jackson immediately utilized their analytical skills to query the various databases within the Real Time Crime Center Unit. During her research, Analyst Hernandez was able to link the captured suspect to the vehicle involved as well as the suspects known associate, which turned out to be the second suspect involved in the robbery. Furthermore, Analyst Jackson was able to link the captured suspect to a viable physical address, where the unknown second suspect may have been located.

The information provided by both Criminal Intelligence Analysis Hernandez and Jackson was critical in the expedient apprehension of the second suspect. Investigators armed with the additional information responded to the address provided and immediately located the vehicle, additional stolen items from the pawn shop and the second suspect that was involved in the aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

Due to CIA Hernandez and Jacksons help, analytical skills and tenacity, the other violent suspect was arrested before he could commit any other heinous crimes in the City of Houston.