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."

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

HPD Welcomes Wounded Warriors

Great Job Officer Purser!!!

HPD officer tows car and buys tires for mom

Madison Williams can't help but cry when talking about what a Houston police officer did for her. "You don't expect people to be that nice," Williams said. Williams and her 4-year-old daughter were locked in a motel bathroom and hiding from a man attempting to harm her.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

HPD was Happy to Reunite Lost Dogs with their Owner

This week, Sgt. Sievert of the South Central Division shared this great outcome of two lost dogs in his area.

“I’d like to share a community success story involving officers from South Central and Eastside divisions. 

On Saturday, May 27, a family drove up to the South Central station with two beautiful German Shepherd Dogs in the back of their pickup.  They had almost hit the dogs as they were driving near Tony Marron Park.  They picked up the dogs and checked the area but didn’t locate an owner.  The dogs were wearing matching collars but no tags.

The family thought that the dogs looked like police K9 dogs, so they came to the station.  We advised them that the best course of action would probably be to take the dogs to BARC, but I contacted BARC and they said they were currently closed and there was nobody available to accept the dogs at their facility.

The dogs were both very clean and well-behaved, one being a male about 2-3 years old and the other being a female about 1-1.5 years old.  South Central Officer Jamaal Martin contacted his classmate Officer Vanessa Garcia from Eastside.  Officer Garcia has a German Shepherd at home, and she said she could take the dogs for the night until we could get them to BARC.  So we kept the dogs in the South Central radio room until the end of the shift, and many of the officers enjoyed seeing them and interacting with them. 

On Sunday afternoon, Officer Garcia brought the dogs back to the South Central station and said they had done very well overnight with her dog and her family.  Officer Sidia Duron suggested that we take the dogs over to the vet clinic at Petsmart to see if they had microchips.  She and I felt like amateur K9 handlers as we walked the dogs through the store, but unfortunately they did not have microchips.  The vet staff recommended that the safest thing for the dogs would be if someone could foster them while we put up flyers to try to locate the owner.

Officer Duron and I drove around the area where the dogs had been found and did not see any flyers for lost dogs, and we also checked on several social media sites with no luck.

Officer Garcia said that she was interested in keeping the dogs if no owner could be found and she agreed to continue to foster them while we search for the owners.  So I kept the dogs in the Desk Sergeant’s office during the shift and they enjoyed exploring on several walks in the back parking lot.

Officer Garcia came and picked up the dogs at the end of the shift, and I did my best to vacuum up any furry evidence that they had been in the station.  J

On Monday, I put up flyers in the area where the dogs were found and also emailed a flyer to BARC’s lost-animal contact center.   Officer Emilio Reyes also put a notice about the found dogs on the social media site NextDoor.

On Tuesday morning,  I received a call from Ms. Janette Sosa, who said that she had seen the flyer and that her two German Shepherds had been missing since Friday.  Ms. Sosa said she believed that someone who had earlier inquired about purchasing the dogs may have returned and lured them out of her yard.  She sent me photos of her dogs and they appeared to match the dogs that we had.  This afternoon, I went to Ms. Sosa’s residence, which was about two miles from where the dogs had been found.  We compared photos and concluded that the dogs were indeed hers, and were named “Boy” and “Chica”.

I contacted Officer Garcia and she had her family bring the dogs to the Eastside Patrol Station this evening, and Ms. Sosa agreed to pick them up there.  I had conversed earlier in the day with Lynette Bodmer, who is the adoption coordinator for BARC.  Ms. Bodmer provided information on free spay/neuter/vaccination/microchip clinics they are holding this month.  When Ms. Sosa arrived at the station to pick up the dogs, they had a joyful reunion in the lobby.  Ms. Sosa has agreed to make sure the dogs are microchipped, registered, and tagged to ensure that they will be easily returned if they are to get out again.

I am very proud of all the officers that were eager to assist with our efforts to care for the dogs and reunite them with their owners, especially Officer Garcia and her family, who opened their home and their hearts to these dogs.  In just the afternoon I spent dog-sitting at the station, I almost became attached to the dogs.  I imagine it was even harder for Officer Garcia to see them go, but it was very rewarding to see how happy the dogs were when they were reunited with Ms. Sosa.

I think this was a great example of our officers interacting with the community in a positive way.   And virtually all of the officers that saw the dogs at the station got an immediate smile on their face and some stress relief during the normal hard workday.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

HPD Officers Wounded in the Line of Duty Honored by the Astros

The Astros honored Officers Jose Munoz & Ronny Cortez, who were shot by a burglary suspect, at the beginning of recent game for the “Hometown Hero” recognition. 

Officer Munoz and Officer Cortez's son were on hand to accept the bats.

Thank you, Astros!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Chief Art Acevedo at HBU

Chief Acevedo joined the Brays Oaks District/ Southwest Houston 2000 Breakfast on the campus of Houston Baptist University this morning.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Benefit for HPD Officers Cortez and Munoz

HPD at Denver Harbor

Recently, HPD Assistant Chief Lori Bender attended the Denver Harbor Civic Club meeting. Denver Harbor storefront Officer Gracie Smith received a recognition award from the Civic Club for her hard work and dedication as did Precinct 6 Deputy A. Matamoras.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Today is “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”  The special event gives children the opportunity to go to work with a parent and aims to introduce children to the workplace, while empowering them to think imaginatively about their family, work and community.

In addition to the nuances of dispatch, the children of our employees of the Emergency Communication Division were treated to many of HPD's specialized divisions and units such as K9 and Air Support.

K9 showing his skills

Fox Flyover

How dispatch functions and in the inner workings of a patrol vehicle.

HFD also joined us

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

May Citywide Positive Interaction Program

***The Citywide PIP meeting is open to everyone to come and see what the Positive Interaction Program is about; although, we encourage you to join your divisional PIP groups which can be found HERE.