Friday, December 22, 2017

Great Community Service Outreach by Central Patrol!

Officer Freeman, assigned to the Central  Patrol Station, has been an Patrol Officer at Central for 12 years and works the Near North Side Neighborhood. During her time she has made outstanding relationships in the community. One of them is with Mr. Pena , whom she checks on from time to time. Recently, she observed Mr. Pena in need of dire assistance.  Officer Freeman took to Facebook and posted a picture with her and Mr. Pena with the following message:

“I need a Christmas miracle...this is Mr. Pena, a citizen friend in my beat who I check on time to time. He's a proud and strong 75-80 years old young man (he won't tell me his age lol). He needs a new wheelchair...anybody know anyone who may have a gently used one or somewhere I can find one cheap. The foot rest thingie is broken and he keeps hurting his feet (he's already healing from a broken leg) and the wheels don’t work well either. He was also asking if anyone knows anyone who maybe able to fix the hole in his roof and maybe help around the house a little.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Please pass on to your church/friends.”

Officer Freeman was able to work with Officer Vogelsang of our Homeless Outreach Team to get a wheelchair for Mr. Pena. The HOT Tram also provided a warm jacket and  blanket for Mr. Pena. Captain Guinn-Shaver of Central Patrol reached out to Walgreens located on Studemont and Washington and they provided numerous gifts (wheelchair cushion, cookies, pants, and socks)  to make his Christmas one he will never forget. This is a great example of excellent community policing and using the tool of social media to assist our wonderful community.

Friday, December 15, 2017

"It Can Wait" Vehicle Wrap Campaign

Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church

Chief Art Acevedo joined the parishioners of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church for lunch today. He and HFD Chief Sam Pena helped serve luncheon and spoke with residents about public safety.

New Southwest Patrol Station

HPD Opens New Station In Southwest Houston | Houston Public Media

One of the main features of the new facility is a 2,300 square foot community room Mayor Sylvester Turner and several members of the City Council hosted Friday a grand opening ceremony for a new Houston Police Department (HPD) station that will cover the southwest section of the city.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

HPD participates with United Airlines in Fantasy Flight |

Officer Nichols and "Maria"

Spencer Solves It: HPD officer reunited with stray dog found while volunteering after Maria

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Shop with a Hero at Walmart

The Southwest Division Community Service Officers paired with Walmart and the Rice School La Escuela Rice to host our 1st annual Shop with a Hero.  The Rice School selected 25 deserving students to participate in the event.  The students were paired with a local police officer, fire fighter or teacher and given the opportunity to spend their $100 gift card.  It was an outstanding event and one that Walmart has committed to hosting again next year.

Navidad en el Barrio

Monday, December 4, 2017

HPD in Puerto Rico

Houston police officers spend holiday working to rebuild Puerto Rico

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Southwest Patrol Community Service in Action

This past weekend, four officers assigned to our Southwest Patrol Station night shift saw four people sleeping behind a business.  Upon investigating, the officers found two adult women and their two young children, ages 6 and 7.  The women said they lost their homes during Hurricane Harvey and had no place to stay. 

Officers Taylor, Ramos, Tsai and Matthew (pictured left to right) drove the women and children to a nearby hotel, pooled their money and paid for the families to get a room for a few nights to get them to a safe haven. We thank these officers for their compassion and willingness to help our fellow citizens in need #communitypolicing 

Astros Carlos Correa in Puerto Rico with HPD Officers

Astros' Carlos Correa surprises Houston officers while in Puerto Rico

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Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thank you to Austin Management Group!

HPD Assistant Chief Lori Bender and the North Belt Division Captain D. Edwards thanked the Austin Management Group today for their donation of temporary office space for the newly-formed division.

The idea to form the North Belt Division began in March of 2017. The belief was that a division within the Greenspoint area could better serve the citizens who live there.

The location of these temporary officers for the North Belt Patrol Division proved critical during Hurricane Harvey when this area flooded. Officers, including Chief Art Acevedo, were able to conduct rescues during the height of the storm and have a place to come back to that was close to the area.

Thank you, members of the Austin Management Group, for supporting HPD!

Turkey Giveaway by South Gessner Patrol

Officers from the South Gessner Patrol station came up with the idea last week of giving away free turkeys to citizens as a way to give back to the community seeing as there were many residents in the area who lost a lot during Hurricane Harvey.

South Gessner commanders, along with State Representative Gene Wu and Richard Rodriguez from the Brays Oaks Management District graciously donated funds to purchase 52 turkeys to distribute. 

Turkeys with picked up early this morning through collaboration with Fiesta.  South Gessner officers conducted traffic stops and pedestrian encounters at various affected apartment complexes and areas around Southwest Houston and distributed the turkeys. 

For more pictures, please go to the HPD Flickr account at this link 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Thank you, Khloe!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed across the nation as a call to action to communities to TAKE A STAND against domestic violence and let survivors know they are not alone.  The Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the area Harris County Constables, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council HCDVCC members quarterly participate in The Harris County Domestic Violence Investigators Alliance. 

The members of the Domestic Violence Investigator Alliance strive to end domestic Violence through coordination of a community response to encourage and to support the victims of domestic violence to speak out.  No one deserves to be in an abusive relationship.  Nearly 1 in 4 American Women aged 18 and older have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner, and domestic violence is still the leading cause of injury to women.  In 2016 in Texas 146 women were killed by male intimate partner in 55 Texas counties.  Harris County had 28 intimate partner fatalities. 

As a community, we need to come together and speak out against domestic violence, help those in abusive relationships and spread awareness of this important issue!     
More information on Domestic Violence and the resources available can be found on the HPD website HERE.

Photo contains:

Will Mejia, Asst. District Attorney,  Deputy Melissa Medietta, Harris Co. Constable Pct 6, Deputy Katrina Cotton, Harris Co. Constable Pct 7, Sgt. Bertha Massie, Harris County Constable Pct. 7 ,  Carvana Cloud, Chief Family Criminal Law Division D.A.’s Office,  Amy Smith, Deputy Director HCDMCC, Kira Webster Lt. HPD, Melissa Holbrook, Sgt. HPD, Nancy Jones, Sgt. HPD, Deputy Darryl Peaks, Harris Co. Sheriff’s Office. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Solos (Motorcycle) Competition in Gonzales, LA

The 19th Annual Gulf coast Police Motorcycle Skills and Training Championships is happening this week in Gonzales, Louisiana. Over 150 motor officers from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, and Canada are in attendance to train and compete. 

Proceeds from the event go to St. Jude's Hospital and the Dream Day Foundation. More than $80,000 was raised at last years event. Houston Solo officer Ben Fletcher, Andy Rich, Ernest Skinner, and Luis Vela are representing HPD. Good luck to them!

First Responder Breakfast at The Village of River Oaks

The event was hosted by The Village of River Oaks, a senior retirement village. The Village provides exceptional independent, assisted, and memory care senior living.

Officer Vo, assigned to HPD Public Affairs, established a working relationship with The Village and their activities director is now currently enrolled in the Houston Citizen’s Police Academy and on her 4th week.

Due to recent catastrophic events from Hurricane Harvey, The Village wanted to invite our local HPD officers and HFD to come to a breakfast as a thank you for first responders.

Officer Vo coordinated HPD’s attendance including the Central Patrol Division, who patrols the Village’s area, and invited HFD.

This morning, Lieutenant Nathan Rosenblatt, Central Division's Differential Response Team and Central patrol officers as well as local HFD Station #6 came by to enjoy the breakfast and share a memorable event.

As HPD and HFD openly talked and shared a meal with the seniors, we all thanked the seniors and the staff at The Village for their hospitality.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Astros History in HPD

Did you know there was some Astros History in HPD?

From Captain Greg Fremin of the Training Academy:

"Retired HPD Sergeant and legend JC Hartman dropped by the Training Academy and we rolled out the red carpet for him.

Sergeant Hartman played professional baseball back in the early 60s for the Colt 45s, which later became the Houston Astros. Sergeant Hartman was also the first African-American in HPD to promote to the rank of Sergeant."

Godspeed to you JC!

And our Astros will be playing in game 4 of the ALCS this afternoon. Go Astros!  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Collins Elementary

Kingwood Community Service

Kingwood Patrol Officers had a great time visiting the Rowland/Ballard Preschool meeting the kids and showing them the inside of a patrol car. Thank you for inviting us! 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Join YPAC!

Orange County Choppers at HPD

Lexi & Jasper

Thank you, Lexi & Jasper, for thinking of HPD. Your cards brought smiles to our faces! 

Because We Care Foundation of PA and HPD

Thank you to the Because We Care Foundation for their donation of 200 hoUStonstrong bears.

The bears were given to students from the Varnette Public School who were displaced by flooding due to Hurricane Harvey.

The bears brought smiles to the faces of the kids trying to return to normalcy. Thank you, Because We Care Foundation, for helping Houston! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

HPD Star of Texas Awards

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Community Outreach

NAIC Grand Champion

Congratulations to HPD Senior Police Officer Rommel Garcia, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division, for his outstanding performance at the North American Inspectors Championship.  The competition is dedicated to testing, recognizing, and awarding commercial motor vehicle inspector excellence.  

Officer Garcia won the Level I Inspection category, as well as the Jimmy K. Ammons Grand Champion Award, a first among local agency members in the competition’s 25 year history.  Corporal Garcia was recognized as the best commercial motor vehicle inspector in all of North America.

Officer Garcia was recognized for his achievement by HPD Chief Art Acevedo and the Command Staff this week. Congratulations! 

CVSA Announces the Winners of the 2017 North American Inspectors Championship - CVSA - Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

Fifty-one commercial motor vehicle inspectors representing jurisdictions throughout North America gathered in Orlando, Florida, Aug. 7-11, 2017, to compete in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) 25th annual North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC), the only event dedicated to testing, recognizing and awarding commercial motor vehicle inspector excellence.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Looscan Elementary Back to School Jam

This past weekend, HPD was proud to take part in a “Back to School Jam” at Looscan Elementary School.

Students and families were provided giveaways and got to meet the teachers.

Mobile PIP

Captain Guinn-Shaver organized a tour for the area constituents to ride with HPD in vans provided to assist in identifying issues in their community.  The event began at the Leo Castillo multi-purpose center.  We embarked through the neighborhood and returned to have a round table discussion on what was identified at concerns or issues and how the police will respond.  

It was a great way of HPD and the community working together to come up with solutions! 

August Alianza Against Crime (CANCELLED)


It's that time again!
"Alianza Against Crime" is this Saturday. This will be the 4th installment and taking place in 11H40's beat. The Alianza Against Crime project is Eastside specific, with each monthly event tailored to fit the specific needs of the hosting neighborhood.
The event offers:
*A bilingual town hall forum, for an opportunity to chat with police leadership.
*Resource fair with valuable information in English and Spanish, from BARC, HCSO, HPD, Mexican Consulate, City Of Houston CERT, Constable Precinct 2, and more.
*Police displays/ demonstrations from HPD SWAT, Hostage Negotiation Team, Pct. 2, HCSO, HPD K-9, face painting for the kiddos, and the HPD Explorers w/ a traffic stop demonstration.
** We will also be providing free immunizations for back to school, via the city Health Department. Eligibility requirements are:
Uninsured. Medicaid, Chip, Alaskan Native American Children age 0-18, 19 years of age and older and completely uninsured to receive vaccines at no cost. Must also bring shot records.
Come by and join us! This Saturday, from Noon-2p.m at Oak Meadows Park, located at 500 Ahrens.
Hope to see you & if you can, drop off some school supplies for Eastside schools as well!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

HPD on 900 am Saigon Radio

Houston police reach out to Vietnamese community on local Saigon Radio

Houston police officers took to the radio Wednesday in an effort to continue outreach to the city's large Vietnamese population. Officer Vo of the Houston Police Department tweeted that he appeared on local Saigon Radio (900 AM) to talk about crime prevention.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Join Us for the September Citywide Positive Interaction Program Meeting

Back to School at Park Place Elementary

HPD Officer Vo attended the BPSOS Health Fair Back to School Event at Park Place Elementary. He spoke to the Vietnamese families and helped them with their free school supplies. He also answered their questions and concerns. 

Talking with Kids at Leaders of Life

True Light Baptist Church

Another Back to School Bash

North Side Back to School Fair

 HPD partcipated in the annual Northside Back to School Health and Resource Fair organized by the Office of State Representative Jessica Farrar. The members of the planning committee include: Avenue CDC; Angelica Vasquez-State Farm Agent; City of Houston – Moody Community Center; Council Member Karla Cisneros; Go Neighborhoods – Northside Village; Greater Northside Management District; Leonel Castillo Community Center, BakerRipley; MD Anderson Family YMCA; METRO, Office of State Senator Sylvia Garcia; and Wesley Community Center.

The purpose of the event is to provide school-aged children and their families within the Near-Northside community information about community based organizations and the resources they provided. The health fair also provides health and dental screenings at no cost to all who participate. An incentive for attending the fair is a backpack filled with school supplies.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Coffee and Conversation!

The President of Super Neighborhood #51, Mr. Randall Baxley invited Lt. N. Rosenblatt and Sergeant M. Donato of Central Patrol to his home for coffee and breakfast recently.  This is a great example of citizens and officers coming together to make our communities better.

G.R.E.A.T. Fun Day at Emancipation Park

Piñata Picture Day!

It was a Piñata Class Picture Day at the Leo Castillo multi-purpose center !   Community Service- Community Pride!

Leslie Tenorio, Program Assistant at the Leonel Castillo.
“I want to thank you all for taking the time to be part of our picture.

We greatly appreciate all you do for our community.” 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Child Safety Presentation

Officers Lahar and Vo visited the Williams Tower and presented a Child Safety Program. They spoke with children between 5 and 8 years of age on topics of policing, child safety, stranger danger, and gun safety. The children had a great time talking with us and keeping an open dialogue as we answered their questions with their parents in the room. 

Kingwood Family Meets HPD Sergeant to Thank Him for Kind Act

Kingwood family meets sergeant to thank him for kind act

A Kingwood family is thankful for a Houston police sergeant who "Stands for Houston" with a sticker and a smile.

Friday, August 4, 2017

HPD Participated in the Quarterly Alief Meeting

Business leaders and community leaders in Alief met and discussed current issues recently.  Captain Faulhaber, Westside Patrol, opened the meeting with crime trend updates and current arrests that had occurred.  Captain Faulhaber reassured the community his officers were working hard and catching the suspects committing  recent robberies.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Former Inmates Thank Officers at Westside Patrol Station

Former inmates wash cars to thank law enforcement

HOUSTON - It's begins with a pure intention. "I want to just be able to put Christ on display," said Torrance Wilson, a former inmate & member of C.H.A.R.M. Prison Ministry. Add a little soap, water and some elbow grease, then you're left behind with a clean heart.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Alianza Against Crime July 2017

Great turnout this past weekend for Alianza Against Crime!

Thank you to all the sponsors and agencies who helped and worked together to build stronger bridges with the community.

For more pictures from the event, please go to the HPD Flickr page AT THIS LINK.

K9 T-Rex in the Community

Friday, July 28, 2017

Chief Acevedo at "Tu Voz es Poder"

Chief Art Acevedo participated in the Houston Public Media and Univision 45 production of "Tu Vozes Poder," which translates to "Your Voice is Power."

The 90 minute town hall covered topics including immigration, healthcare, education, and leadership. 

For more information on this town hall or to view the recording, go to THIS LINK.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Badges and Bears July 2017

G.R.E.A.T. Unit in the Community

The Gang Resistance Education and Training Unit (G.R.E.A.T.) hung out with the kids at Emancipation Park during its Summer program this week. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Back to School

HPD is already thinking about back to school!

Last week we worked together as a team organizing and counting school supplies at a local Kroger store.

The group photo shows the school supply kits purchased by the officers for the supply drive.

We are partnering with ABC Dental this week to hand out backpacks filled with school supplies collected over the past two months by HPD officers and citizens at all patrol divisions. Locations are:

Location #1:   Thursday (July 27)
9 a.m. to noon
ABC Dental Southwest, 6704 Hillcroft at Bellaire (Key Map 531-E)

Location #2:   Friday (July 28)
                        9 a.m. to noon
ABC Dental Old Spanish Trail, 5751 Blythewood Street (Key Map 534-E)

Location #3:   Saturday (July 29)
                        9 a.m. to noon
ABC Dental West Orem, 5505 West Orem Drive at South Post Oak (Key Map 571-L)

Location #4:  Friday (August 4)
                        10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
ABC Dental Crosstimbers, 4400 North Freeway (North Interstate Highway 45) (Key Map 452-K)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Chief Acevedo at KUHF/Univision Houston Town Hall

Safe Passing Ordinance

“Pass with Care”

This is the first of several billboards that will be placed around Houston over the next several months. 

This public safety campaign is a partnership with Clear Channel Communications who donated the billboard space and who donated time, effort and money for the design, production and installation of these billboards. 

These efforts are all in the interest of making  Houston a safer place by educating the public about the City of Houston’s safe passing ordinance for bicyclists and vulnerable road users.

For information about the ordinance, please go to the Bike Houston website

Ice Cream with an Officer

At a recent “Ice Cream with an Officer” event, one young man wanted to make sure that our officers were enjoying the ice cream too.

Ice Cream with an Officer began May 2016 in partnership with local businesses, Houston Police Department, Harris County Constable Divisions, Metro PD and HISD PD. The event is sponsored by the Greater Northside Management District (GNMD) and open to everyone. The goal of this initiative is to bridge the gap between the communities and law enforcement while supporting our local businesses.

GNMD includes 24 square miles north of downtown Houston. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Come join the HPD Citizens' Police Academy

Just a reminder that this Fall we will be having two HPD Citizens’ Police Academy classes. One will be on Tuesday nights and one will be on Thursday nights. Both are 10 weeks and will explore the different divisions within HPD.

To sign up, you can go to the HPD web site. For more information, please call Officer Treva Mott at 713-308-3263. 

CLICK HERE for more information about the CPA.

HPD Meets with the LGBTQ Community

Last night Chief Art Acevedo and many other HPD officers met at the Montrose Center with members of the LGBTQ community. 

Topics of discussion included how to report crimes, what happens if a crime is labeled as a hate crime, and how to improve dialogue between HPD and the LGBTQ community.