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

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.

Eastside Patrol Officers

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Village of River Oaks

HPD Officers Lahar and Vo met with senior citizens from the Village of River Oaks recently. The officers covered topics including identity theft, senior safety, and answered their questions on interaction with police officers. Thank you for inviting us to come speak with you! 

Liza's Mission

Thank you, Liza, for stopping by and visiting with Chief Acevedo and telling us about your mission! 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Portrait of Courage: Captain Jae Barclay

HPD officers with military backgrounds were proud to be a part of a local breakfast highlighting President George W. Bush's book, Portraits of Courage A Commander  and  Chief's Tribute to Americas Warriors.

Target hosted the breakfast which included a speech by Jae Barclay, one of the veterans painted by Preside Bush for this book. 

The book includes 9/11 veterans' portrait  along with there inspiring stories.

Thank you to Target for including HPD Lieutenant Chris Baltazar, Officer Jimmy Conley, Captain Harlan Harris, and Captain Greg Fremin.

Presentation at Lifetime Fitness

Recently Officer Don Vo took a trip to Lifetime Fitness - (City Center) for a Officer Friendly Event. The kids were ages 5-12 and attend the Lifetime's Summer Camp. Officer Vo spoke about gun and street safety, and talked about what it is like to be a police officer. The campers enjoyed Officer Vo's presentation so much that the made him thank you cards.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Reminder: Don't Leave Kids in Hot Cars

HPD joined Children's Protective Services and the UT Health Science Center to remind citizens about the danger of leaving children in vehicles. Safe Kids of Greater Houston wants to make sure there are no deaths from children being left in hot cars.

Thank you to the US Dept of Justice for featuring our Alianza Contra el Crimen in its July issue of Community Oriented Policing Services

Law Enforcement Spotlight: Houston Alianza Against Crime

The Alianza Against Crime initiative is focused on enhancing the partnership between members of the Houston, Texas East End community and law enforcement through open bilingual dialogue and positive interaction. The Alianza, or alliance, will host five large-scale community events, one per month from June through September, in the five geographic beats of the HPD Eastside Division, culminating in a combined event for National Night Out.

Thank you, Zoie, for helping our Badges and Bears Program!

5-year-old will melt your heart with teddy bear drive

It's one hot July day but outside a northwest Houston police station, it's 5-year-old Zoie Kennedy who will melt your heart. "Wherever I go I like to give children bears," said Zoie. Her parents say she's always wanting to help. "I'm blessed.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

HPD in Acres Homes

Great time at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center with the senior citizens of the community. Officers Curtis and Lahar talked about senior citizen safety issues and took questions. 
Then there were a couple of rounds of bingo and dominoes played. Thank you also to our YPACers for coming out and helping with this event! 

Join us for our city wide PIP meeting!

Monday, June 26, 2017

HPD at the Pride Parade

Northbelt Child Development Center

Officer J. Lahar and J. Williams of the Houston Police Department visited the North Belt Child Development Center today. During their visit they spoke to 65 children about what it takes to be a Police Officer! They also covered gun safety, pool safety, and stranger danger before taking the kids outside to learn about the different ways they use a police car.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Eastside Positive Interaction Program

HPD Officers at IPC Hebron Houston


"Dear HPD Team,

Thank you very much for going out of your way to make our ‘Be A Hero’ event memorable and successful. Our Church Members and our Kids enjoyed their time to interact with our Everyday Heroes and to hear their stories first-hand. We look up to our HPD Officers who go out of their way to keep our communities safe for all our citizens.

A special thank you to Officer D. Silva, Officer A. Vaughn, Officer J. Saloana, Officer V. Smith, Officer L. Avila for coming out to our church. They answered all the questions our kids had and showed their HPD units. The kids had a blast!! They also participated in our BloodDrive and donated blood. Y’all are great role models for all of us. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for everything you do for us. Be safe!!"

Monday, June 19, 2017

We were honored to be there for Cynthia Martin's special day

Daughter of fallen officer marries at HPD police memorial

On a beautiful, yet humid, Saturday morning, a lone car sat in the parking lot of the Houston Police Officers Memorial. Its side read "Just married." The other cars that slowly started to fill the lot and line Memorial Drive bore a different pair of words: Houston Police.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Southwest Management District Public Safety Committee Meeting

HPD Assistant Chief Wendy Baimbridge and Westside Patrol Captain Faulhaber heard concerns from local business owners and addressed any issues. 

This is a great example of what Chief Acevedo calls a "force multiplier," in this case, the business owners, working with us to make our communities safer.

T.A.P.S. Visit HPD Headquarters

 Yesterday, HPD Chief Art Acevedo and Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner held a “Meet and Greet” with members of The Teen and Police Service Academy (T.A.P.S.) at HPD Headquarters. T.A.P.S. creates partnerships with at-risk teens and police addressing some of the most pressing conditions in the community. The chiefs shared a positive message about leadership with the students.

CLICK HERE to find out more about T.A.P.S.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Community Meeting with Eastside Patrol

From Eastside Station Officer Jason Cisneroz: 

"Community meeting + awesome community members + pupusas= a productive dialogue!
Another great meeting in the East End, talking about ways to improve the quality of life for our community."