Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Police Week - 2013

POLICE WEEK 2013 (May 13-17, 2013)

Reservations for Police Week 2013 are now open.

The Houston Police Academy, located at 17000 Aldine Westfield, will be conducting free tours of the facility. These tours will begin with an orientation at 9:45 am and conclude at 1:00 pm.

Monday - Friday (May 13-17, 2013) 9:45 am – 1:00 pm

Come see the following in action:

Bomb Squad
Dive Team
Mounted Patrol (Horses)
Police Pursuit Driving

All tours are scheduled via e-mail at (HPD.museum@houstonpolice.org) and must include Police Week Reservations in the subject line and the following information:

• The name of the School or Group
• Your school district information
• The grade level(s) of the students
• The date you are requesting and an alternate date
• The approximate number of attendees
• The name of the person in charge of the group and
and phone number

Your group(s) may bring sack lunches and picnic at our facility after the tours have concluded. The tours are scheduled on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis so please SCHEDULE YOUR TOUR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

This event is always at capacity, so please be considerate of others and ensure that you have your attendance approved prior to confirming your attendance.

The children LOVE this event, don't miss out!

We look forward to seeing all of you again at Police Week!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Officers in Action

Recently, Officer Nguyen received a criminal mischief call to an auto repair shop. As he pulled into the parking lot, Officer Nguyen was quickly notified by the person who had called in the report that the suspect was leaving the parking lot. Officer Nguyen quickly attempted to pull over the suspect by turning on his lights and siren.

The suspect refused to stop and sped off. Officer Nguyen immediately asked for backup and began to chase the suspect in an attempt to get him to pull over. The suspect made many turns and ended up heading towards an apartment complex. Officer Nguyen eventually ended up losing sight of the suspect's vehicle.

Responding backup officers Canales, Le, Rivera, Montalvo and Deroam quickly arrived to assist Officer Nguyen. Some of the officers believed that they saw the vehicle entering the apartment complex so the officers began to canvass the parking lot for the suspect and his car.

Officer Canales found the suspect's vehicle which was unoccupied deep inside the apartment complex. The suspect had abandoned his car and was still on the loose. While other officers attempted to find the suspect on foot, Officer Le, began to search the vehicle for clues. While Officer Le was searching the car he noticed the vehicle began to automatically lock by itself. Officer Le looked around and noticed the suspect hiding in a nearby bush using the car remote in an attempt to lock his vehicle. Officers Le notified other officers that he had spotted the suspect.

A long foot chase ensued and officers were able to apprehend the suspect without incident.

As it turns out the suspect was high on Phencyclidine (PCP) and did not want to get arrested because he was already on probation.

HPD would like to commend these officers for a job well done…and the suspect for attempting to lock his car...

Friday, February 15, 2013


HPD would like to remind those attending the 2013 NBA All-Star Game events in downtown Houston to avoid becoming victims of thieves by practicing caution and awareness.

The NBA All-Star Week will bring in many visitors to Houston. While this is a fun, family event, HPD reminds everyone to be alert and aware of their surroundings due to the large crowds and gatherings.

Keep a close watch on your valuables, purses, wallets and anyone trying to sell counterfeit NBA merchandise or tickets.

HPD will have cooperation from other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in ensuring the public enjoys the festivities in a safe environment, as well as DWI enforcement efforts.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentines Day

Houston has a street called Lovers Lane, who knew?

If today's post can remind just one person not to forget their significant other or loved one on Valentines Day, it has done it's job.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Real Time Crime Center

Criminal Intelligence Analyst (CIA) Jackson works 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.

While attentively monitoring the real-time center dashboards, CIA Jackson performed a self-initiated follow-up investigation on a pawn shop robbery. While reviewing the past pawn shop robberies criminal patterns performed by the suspects, he learned that these possible listed suspects fitted most every description of the listed suspects in a recent pawn shop robbery incident that occurred over night. The “M.O.” was the same in both related incidents. Once the suspects concluded their surveillance of the target location, the suspects would aggressively enter the pawn shop brandishing pistols and rancorously yelling out instructions. They would rob the shops of assorted items, but mainly jewelry.

Additionally, CIA Jackson not only learned that the suspect’s descriptions were similar, but according to research records the suspects had visited the establishment they robbed the month before. Also, CIA Jackson through analytical research found evidence of their visit weeks before the robbery took place.
CIA Jackson immediately sent his research data over to the robbery division investigators. Due to CIA Jackson’s analytical skills and tenacity, all suspects that were arrested for the current incident were also identified and linked to the past robberies as well.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Why the long face?

We are currently accepting applications for the next academy class starting in June. Please visit www.hpdcareer.com  to find out if you meet the requirements and to apply online (humans, not horses.)

Friday, February 8, 2013


On October 10, 2012, the Department began accepting applications for Academy Class #216, which began on February 4, 2013. Cadet Class 216 had an authorized strength of 75.

Sixty-four percent have college degrees and two cadets hold dual degrees.

· 10 Associate’s degrees

· 35 Bachelor’s degrees

· 4 Master’s degrees

· 1 Law degree

Thirty percent have a military background representing the Army, Army Reserves, Marine Corps., Navy and the Coast Guard

Cadets with Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice experience represent sixteen percent of the class and one cadet is a former Houston Police Intoxilyzer Operator.

Thirty-six percent speak a second language and two cadets speak two languages other than English.

· Twenty-one speak Spanish

· Two speak Russian

· Urdu, Hindi, Marathi, Farsi, Dari, Pashtoo, Cambodian, and Hausa are also spoken

Ten cadets participate in the Cadet Mentor Program.

It should also be noted that fifteen cadets have relatives who are current or former Houston Police Officers and six cadets have relatives who are with other agencies.

Past experience has shown us that the majority of those with college experience have a focus in Criminal Justice related courses of study and Class 216 is no different. Nearly a third of the class had CJ degrees, but the class cannot be defined by this fact alone. The members of Class 216 have experience in many other fields that are not related to criminal justice. One cadet has been involved in Women’s Professional Football for the last ten years, while another has played in a Mexican baseball league. They come from jobs such as teachers, former law enforcement, welders, bankers, and retail sales. Once again, we have a television game show contestant in a cadet class. In the last class, it was Wheel of Fortune and Class 216 has the distinction of having a cadet who was on The Family Feud.

CONGRATULATIONS 2-1-6, stay strong and stay positive, six months will pass by before you know it. 

Always remember, HONESTY, INTEGRITY and RESPECT.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Academy Class 216

Photo courtesy of Senior Officer J. Chapman (HPD Museum Curator)

Yesterday morning, Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. welcomed dozens of police recruits to their first day of a rigorous 26-week training regimen in their quest to become Houston police officers.

The Chief's welcoming address to Cadet Class 216 was held at the L.D. Morrison Sr. Police Training Academy.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Super Bowl 2013

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There always seems to be at least one Super Bowl commercial that has a police officer involved. This year was no exception; Oreo Cookies had a funny one for us this year. Enjoy.

Friday, February 1, 2013

"Get in the truck..."

"...I am heading down to the recruiting unit to apply for K-9 if you need a ride."

It might easier for you to just apply online at www.hpdcareer.com