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.

Eastside Officers Walk with the Community

Recently, officers from the Eastside Patrol Station helped kids from Briscoe Elementary School walk to school safely from Mason park. This was part of a live healthy initiative to promote walking. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Police Week 2017


Bunny Giveaway

HPD Donated several stuffed rabbits to the children at the “Reese Academy” over the Easter holidays.

Thank yous  Mrs. Green for the time and hard work. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

IronMan Texas

Badges and Bears, April 2017


Once again our officers spent time at Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital and gave bears to pediatric patients. The Badges and Bears program hopes to help brighten the day of some of the sick children who are at the hospital.

The officers not only handed out stuffed animals, but also chatted with them and, this month, held a dance party.

Becker Early Childhood Learning Center

Officers had a great time flexing their muscles and talking to children at the Becker Early Childhood Learning Center at Congregation Emanuel.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Eastside Patrol Positive Interaction Program

From community service officer Jason Cisneroz:

Wrapped up another great PIP meeting @ Eastside this evening!
The unit is working hard to promote community policing in the East End and I'm very proud and fortunate to be a part of such a dynamic team!

Shout out to Officer Vasquez and her partner, Officer Reyes for an informative presentation on hate crimes.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Bike" Wash for a Good Cause

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chief Art Acevedo at Consulate General of India

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Youth Police Advisory Council at Caney Creek Ranch

From Officer EJ Joseph: What can I say about our YPACers except they are SuperTroopers! Another great time at Caney Creek Ranch, fishing, bottle feeding calves, feeding cows, horseback riding and learning about agriculture! Thank you for your hospitality Ratcliff family! Everyone had a fantastic fun filled day! See ya next year!!! 

Officer Webb Visiting the Students of MeyerPark Charter.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ice Cream With an Officer

Recently, HPD was proud to partner with HISD PD, Metro PD, PCT 6 Constable, and the Greater Northside Management District for “Ice Cream with an Officer.”

Officers met with kids from the Boys and Girls Club mentor program to share ice cream and interact to foster positive community relations. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Eastside Patrol vs. Gallegos Elementary Students in a Soccer Game


Great event this week at Eastside Patrol. The students from Gallegos Elementary played the Eastside Patrol officers to a 3-3 tie in soccer. Eastside played with their secret weapon Chief Art Acevedo. 

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

HPD & Nextdoor

HPD Chief Art Acevedo encourages the citizens of Houston to join

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

HPD is proud to partner with Harris County Protective Services and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to #StopChildAbuse.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

HPD at St. John Vianney Catholic Church

Great "Officer Friendly" presentation for more than 130 kids today!

Special Victims Unit

Recently, the Special Victims Division hosted a team for the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) Race Against Violence.  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Great Event!

Coffee and Cars at Memorial City Mall

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great Event Happening this Weekend!

Citizens' Police Academy Learning about DWI Investigations

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thank you IFMA!

International Facility Management Corporation (IFMA) coordinated an effort with other Houston Area Companies and donated over 600 stuffed animals to HPD.

The stuffed animals will be given to sick children at The Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital for the Badges and Bears program.  Also they will be given to Patrol Officer who will give them to children who have faced trauma on a police scene. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

HPD and the HLSR Calf Scramble

Monday, March 6, 2017

Senior Mardi Gras in Sunnyside

The Senior's Valentine Social was hosted by the Youth Police Advisory Council (YPAC) members recently just in time for Mardi Gras. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

2017 Jail Break Run in Baytown, Texas

HPD took part in the 2017 Jail Break Run in Baytown, TX this past weekend. The race is both a 5K or a Half Marathon and the proceeds benefit Project Blue

Sgt. Hal Bohn won 2nd place in his age category for the half marathon.