On the morning of June 3, 2015, Senior Officer Paul D. Steffenauer and colleague overheard a unit from an adjacent district involved in a vehicle pursuit with a suspect stopped in a parking lot and refusing to comply with commands to surrender. Steffenauer trained his weapon on the agitated suspect, who exited and returned to his vehicle several times over the course of 20 minutes and disobeying repeated commands. The suspect continued to make overt and threatening movements in his vehicle, eventually reaching for a knife in his waistband and swung it towards an officer. Steffenauer transitioned from his carbine to his duty pistol due to a reduced firing angle and fired on the suspect, who eventually dropped his knife.
In August 2015, Senior Officer Gregory Shelton with the Northeast Investigative Liaison Unit began observing a spike in nighttime burglaries. The perpetrator invaded homes occupied by sleeping residents and was even suspected of attempting sexual assault. With little identification and meticulous and determined efforts, Shelton was able to identify and apprehend the nighttime burglar, linking him to at least 12 of the burglaries and obtaining a full confession from the career criminal.
Lieutenant Patrick L. Doughtery and a member of the Harris Country Sheriff's Department have worked continuously to help create the Joint Processing Center since 2001. The Joint Processing Center has been highly anticipated realization of a decades-long joint project between the City of Houston and Harris County that provides a one-stop shop for the prisoner booking process in a jail run exclusively by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The center had their groundbreaking ceremony on October 27, 2015 but has been in the works since 2001. The center will save the City of Houston an estimated $4 million per year in operational expenses, provide convenient services to other agencies, and free up more than 100 officers for law enforcement response. The 246,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art center is expected to be complete and functioning by March 2018.
In a 30-month long Operation Diver Down, Senior Officer Marshum Sinegal and two Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents successfully infiltrated and dismantled one of the largest heroin-smuggling organizations ever encountered by HSI. Sinegal engaged in face-to-face negotiations with targets in Africa and the Middle East for the purchase of bulk heroin for distribution in the U.S. With the seizing of 75 kilograms of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, more than a dozen members of the drug organization have been indicted for multiple felonies and are pending prosecution here and overseas.
In November 2015, Senior Officer David Patterson was investigating online prostitution activities when he located an ad entitled: “Play with Daddy’s Little Girl.” Working undercover, Patterson engaged the suspect and learned that he was offering the opportunity to sexually assault a young girl in exchange for $1,000. Patterson met the suspect in the parking lot; the suspect guided him to a dark apartment bedroom where the girl was sleeping, who was given over-the counter adult sleep aids. Further investigation revealed that the child was four years old and the suspect’s biological daughter. The online ad had only been up for two hours when Patterson responded, so no other harm had yet to come to the girl.
Pictured from L to R: SPO Paul D. Steffenauer, ACOP Martha I. Montalvo, SPO Gregory L. Shelton, Assistant Chief Mark Curran and Lt. Patrick L. Doughtery
Not pictured: Undercover SPO Marshum D. Sinegal and David J. Patterson