Friday, June 22, 2018

National Take Your Dog to Work Day

Finnigan Park

Officer Chris Morales had a great time working with youth in conjunction with Houston Parks and Recreation at Finnigan Park. 

PAL and Summer Book Reading Fair

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

HPD at Ripley House

Officer Webb visited the kids at the Ripley House Community Center and spoke about Bullying and Safety.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Greater Houston Police Activities League (PAL) event

Great event recently at Biron's Youth Sports Center. Our PAL officers spoke to kids about safety and got in a good workout!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Eastside Community Outreach Training

PAL at Garden Villas Elementary School

Great time yesterday at Garden Villas Elementary School with our Eastside PAL officers and HPD SWAT!

De Zavala Elementary

Summer Safety

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Captain Campbell of Traffic Enforcement Division Talking about Wrong Way Drivers

Woman charged with DWI after driving the wrong way on I-45

A wrong-way driver has been charged after several near-misses with other drivers on the North Freeway overnight. Elizabeth Nichols, 22, is in custody. Cell phone video captures the moment drivers were heard hitting their brakes as Nichols, who police say was driving a red Kia at 60 miles per hour north in the southbound lanes, headed toward them around 12:40 a.m.

Youth Tennis Program

How do HPD Greater Houston Police Activities League (PAL) officers get ready for summer? They play tennis!

The USTA Generation Tennis Coaches Workshop taught officers how encourage kids to play tennis and how to teach them tennis skills. Free summer youth tennis programs are available at 39 neighborhood parks in the Houston area. For more information, go to the Houston Youth Tennis Program website

Badges and Bears

Another great Badges and Bears event at Memorial Hermann Hospital recently. This time, therapy dogs helped with spreading a little cheer to the patients.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Women In Transition

Southwest Patrol Community Service

Officers from the Southwest Patrol Community Services Unit were at the Randall’s on Holcombe yesterday providing crime prevention information to the community. HPD has a great partnership with many of our community businesses and look forward to working with more in the future.

Look for the Southwest Community Service officers to be at the Kroger 10306 S Post Oak on June 7th, the Fiesta on 12355 Main on June 8th, and the Walmart at 9555 S. Post Oak on June 22nd. Come out and see us! 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Texas Brotherhood Ride stops in Houston

Thank you to the Texas Brotherhood Ride for stopping at the HPD memorial and remembering our fallen Sgt. Steve Perez.

From their website: The Texas Brotherhood Ride consists of Firefighters, Police Officers and EMS personnel who ride bicycles to honor emergency responders who died in the line of duty. Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support to their families and co-workers.

Watch the live ceremony on the HPD Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Garden Villas Elementary

Second segment of "Feet on the Street"

Our second installment of "Feet on the Street" is now on the HPD YouTube channel AT THIS LINK. Officer Lahar talks with seniors about phone scams, identify theft, and on the full video on YouTube, skimmers. 

Full video below:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Happy Birthday, Gunnar!

Happy 10th birthday to our K9 Gunnar! He had a great time celebrating. This will be Gunnar's last birthday as an active HPD K9 since he will be retiring later this summer. Eat all the treats, Gunnar, and have a great birthday!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Badges and Bears

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

City of Houston Pools and HPD PAL

Mayor Sylvester Turner along with HPD Chief Art Acevedo and Houston Parks and Recreation Department announced a new partnership to engage Houston's youth. HPD's Police Activities League (PAL) will take an active role in providing impactful recreation, sports, and enrichment opportunities for youth in Houston parks this summer.

City of Houston pools open Memorial Day weekend. For a complete listing of pools and hours of operation, please go to THIS LINK

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Montrose Center

Great meeting today at the Montrose Center focusing on the Transgender community. Thank you to Lou Weaver and Atlantis Narcisse for collaborating with us about our future "Information Exchange" that will be presented to our officers.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

West Houston Leadership Institute

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

North Belt's First PIP Meeting!

2018 Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony

HPD Mounted Patrol was proud to take part in the 2018 Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony on Monday, May 7th at the State Capitol in Austin. We remember all the officers killed in the line of duty including HPD Sgt. Steve Perez, who was killed during Hurricane Harvey. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Coffee and Cars

Great time this weekend at the monthly Coffee and Cars event in West Houston.

Sadly, these are not HPD vehicles

Friday, May 4, 2018

May the 4th Be With You

via Instagram

Thank you to the first graders at Helms Elementary for helping us celebrate #maythe4thbewithyou #StarWarsDay

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Explore Your Green

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Running in Clear Lake

 @rundebbierun .. great picture. Thank you for sharing with us!! ~HPD ・・・

 It’s been 20 days since I last ran so I was happy that I made it out to @bayarearunningclub’s social run at @explorationgreen Saturday morning. I walked 2 miles with a friend on the new path, then worked the @npsotclearlake plant sale. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the flowers are incredible! And I met some friendly officers from @houstonpolice! #teamtrot #springintotrot #nuunlife #runtheyear2018 

Officers Travel to Honor Fallen Round Rock Officer Charles Whites

HPD was honored to send a contingent of officers to fallen @roundrockpolice Officer Charles Whites, who succumbed to his injuries after being struck by a vehicle. EOW 4/27/18 ... R.I.P., sir. We got the watch.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

5-Oh 5K

Blue Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

This past weekend, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church held a Blue Mass as a thank you to Law Enforcement, Firefighters, First Responders and Public Safety Officers who work in the community. The HPD Honor Guard was present, as well as Law Enforcement static displays. Many thanks to the wonderful community we serve!

Memorial for Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander

 A contingent of our officers headed to Rockwell, TX early this morning to pay respects to fallen Dallas Police Department Officer Rogelio Santander. He was killed on April 24, 2018 when responding to a shoplifting call. RIP, sir. We got the watch. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

HPD at T H Elementary

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cultural Diversity Tour

Today, cadet class 234 took part in the cultural diversity tour of Houston. This tour is part of the department’s long-standing commitment to community policing and is designed to expose police cadets to the variety of cultures found in the City of Houston.  

 During the all-day tour, cadets will meet with guides from the Acres Homes, Montrose, Meyerland, Westside, Southwest, and Eastside communities.  At each stop, a guide will instruct cadets on the history, culture and socioeconomics of their specific community.  In addition, the guide will explain how community members perceive the police.  Following this 30 minute instruction and subsequent question and answer period, the guide will board the bus with cadets for a brief tour of the community.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Day With SWAT

The Houston Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (HCPAAA) recently had a "Day with SWAT." Citizens were able to witness the tough and rigorous training that SWAT goes through to prepare them to handle the dangerous scenarios they may encounter.

To become a member of HCPAAA, you must go through the 10 week  Citizens Police Academy (CPA) class. Would you like to join our next CPA class? HPD holds two classes a year. For information about joining a future CPA class, go to THIS LINK.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What are "sliders?"

Do you know what a "slider" is? Find out in our first installment of "Feet on the Street." See the full video AT THIS LINK

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Astros Baseball is Back

Houston Astro baseball is back in town! It was great to win the first home game! Good luck the rest of the season and let's become back to back World Series Champions! 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Information Exchange

The first Information Exchange presentation of the year (2018) coordinated by the Houston Police Department’s Senior Community Liaison Dr. Tim Dang was held recently at the Sunrise Adult Activity & Health Center, 9525 Wilcrest Drive.

The Houston Police Department personnel listed below shared helpful crime prevention information with the Vietnamese community:

Willie Anthony, Sergeant, HPD Public Affairs

Tracy Hicks, Sergeant, HPD Auto Theft Division
Presentation Topic: Auto Theft and Burglary of  a Motor Vehicle Prevention

Jeremy Lahar, Senior Police Officer, HPD Public Affairs
Presentation Topic: Personal Safety

Patrick LeBlanc, Lieutenant, HPD Special Victims Division
Presentation Topic: Elder Abuse

Phan Thanh, Sergeant, HPD Burglary and Theft Division
Presentation Topic: Burglary and Theft Prevention

Alma Gonzalez, Counselor, HPD Criminal Investigation Command, Family Violence Unit
Presentation Topic: Domestic Violence

There were over 100 citizens in attendance. The discussion included the following: Auto Theft; Burglary of a Motor Vehicle; Personal Safety; Elder Abuse; Burglary and Theft; and Domestic Violence. The exchange concluded with questions and answers. An interpreter was present to translate from English to Vietnamese.

The purpose of the Information Exchange Initiative is to enhance communications between police officers and citizens throughout various areas of the city. The goal is to educate the high concentration of Vietnamese immigrants by providing them with crime prevention literature, and discussing crime prevention strategies and concerns. These citizens historically are not very comfortable with interacting with police officers within the department. This exchange promotes the department’s community policing and let’s citizens from this community know that we care and are available. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Officer Lahar at KIPP Academy

Chief Art Acevedo and Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner on 97.9 the Box

Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner

Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner was presented an award of appreciation by Madison High School Principal Paolo Castagnoli. The award was presented at the Bridging the Gap event at the school earlier this week. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Kingwood Division Says Thank You

On March 27, 2018 the Houston Police Department Kingwood Division presented awards to Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, Superintendent of Humble ISD, and Ms. Lisa Drabing, Principal of Kingwood Park High School, for their part in allowing the Kingwood Division to use their campus as a temporary station when our division was threatened with flood waters. Thank you to Council Member Dave Martin who purchased the awards on the behalf of the Kingwood Division. 

Greater Houston Police Activities League Inaugural Field Day

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Beautiful Picture

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Community Policing

Charley's parents sent these photos of him with Sgt. M. Donato of the Central Patrol Division. They said, "Thank you so much for being so kind to our son, Charley. You really went out of your way to put a smile on his face and we really appreciate it."

International Women's Day

HPD celebrates International Women's Day. We are proud of our women of all ranks, both sworn and civilian, who work to protect our city and inspire the next generation.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Crime Stoppers Conference

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Looscan Elementary

HPD and the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Parade 2018

Day 1 of the Crime Stoppers Conference

Monday, February 26, 2018

Community Policing

Mounted Patrol

Thursday, February 22, 2018

North Patrol Command Out with PACA in the North Side of Houston

Pastor Ray Breeding, a member of the Police and Clergy Alliance (PACA), was out with members of the North Patrol Command distributing personal items to people in the Acres Homes Community.

KPRC Channel 2 Story Featuring Officer Jason Cisneroz

HPD tries to tackle officer shortage

In recent weeks we've told you about new efforts to increase recruiting for the Houston Police Department, which is dealing with a shortage of officers. Chief Art Acevedo has acknowledged that finding new recruits is a challenge.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

K9 Rony, EOW February 21, 2018

Overnight, we lost one of our own; K-9 Rony.

Information known is that K-9 Rony and his partner, Senior Officer Dennis Shadden from the Tactical Operations Division were searching for a suspect that had been driving a stolen vehicle and subsequently led officers on a pursuit that ended when the suspect crashed into a bayou in Harris County and then fled on foot to a heavily wooded area. The suspect was eventually apprehended and faces charges.

During the search, K-9 Rony sustained life-threatening injuries and had to be transported to an emergency veterinarian for treatment.  Sadly, K-9 Rony did not survive.

Rony served the citizens of Houston for 7 years and had approximately 250 captures. He was simply one of the best. He will be missed.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Meet a few of our Canine with KTRK Channel 13's "Foti High Five"

Meet T-Rex, Gunnar and Launcher, fighting Houston's bad guys

"Gunnar", "T-Rex" and "The Launcher" are the Houston Police Department's top dogs. They are credited with capturing thousands of take downs in their careers. "He loves finding bad guys," said Ofc. GW Smith. "He's really good at his job." Smith's partner is a dog named Gunnar.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Officer Pham

Friday, February 2, 2018

Chief Acevedo at Baines Middle School

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Officer Roman is Going to Super Bowl LII

HPD officer battling cancer gets 2018 Super Bowl tickets for his work during Harvey

EXCLUSIVE: Surveillance captures standoff in which deputy is shot by handcuffed man Houston radio hosts get into heated argument on Radio Row at Super Bowl 2 teens accused in shooting death of another teen in Spring charged with capital murder Deadly crash closes several westbound lanes of Katy Freeway at Highway 6 Beauty on a budget: Where to go to be pampered for pennies Breakthrough thyroid surgery leaves no scar New option for owning car available to drivers Michigan police department to apologize to woman who reported Larry Nassar years ago Tillerson defies critics, marks important milestone

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

South Central Officers in the Community!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Senior Citizen Presentation in the Vietnamese Community

Officer Don Vo met with the Vietnamese Senior community today to talk about Crime Prevention, Jugging, and Personal Safety. To quote Officer Vo, "I love my senior citizens; they are so fun!"

Eastside Community Training for Officers

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

T-shirt from Puerto Rico

During HPD's outreach to Puerto Rico, Officer Vo was asked to make a T-shirt design to show the Unity of Houston Police Department and Puerto Rico State Police Department working together. Our HPD officers purchased these shirts and donated them as gifts to the Puerto Rico State Police Department Officers thanking them for the experience. These souvenir shirts remind us of our time we spent alongside with our neighboring agency. #HoustonStrong

Friday, January 19, 2018

Stands for Houston: Officers give gifts to fire victims

HPD Officers D. Vo and EJ Joseph saw that children in an apartment complex in south Houston lost all of their belongings in a fire recently.  They felt they had to do something and so went to the shelter where they were temporarily staying and brought comfort packs to these children who just lost everything. As you can see in the video, the children were so excited.

Thank you to KHOU for covering this story. 

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared January 2018 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a similar proclamation for the City of Houston. members of HPD Human Trafficking Unit were at City Hall to accept the proclamation. Pictured are Mayor Sylvester Turner, HPD Vice Division Captain Jim Dale, Assistant Chief Jim Jones, and members of The Landing and United Against Human Trafficking Partners, who represent and assist the victims of human trafficking.

Chief Acevedo at Travis Elementary

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ice Storm in Houston

HPD Chief Art Acevedo and Executive Assistant Chiefs Matt Slinkard and Troy Finner directed traffic yesterday in Downtown Houston. It looks like we are finally thawing out. Great job by all of our officers and staff who worked diligently during the freezing temperatures. 

Thank you KRIV Fox 26

Harvey Hero Hopes To Finally Move Back Home This Month

It's been five months since Hurricane Harvey brought catastrophic and life threatening flooding to the city of Houston. As we continue to move forward, Fox 26 is honoring the heroes of Harvey. Sally MacDonald has the story of a 32 year veteran of the Houston Police Department, who lost his own home while putting the city first.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Shop with A Hero | Houston Police Department

Citywide Positive Interaction Program

Great presentations by Chief Art Acevedo, Captain John Zera of the HPD Command Center, and our partners at the Houston Forensic Science Center last night at the Citywide Positive Interaction Program (PIP) Meeting.

We strongly encourage everyone to join their divisional PIP group. You can find all the PIP meetings in the city AT THIS LINK

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Three King's Day in Puerto Rico

From Officer D.Vo of Public Affairs who went to help with the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico:

The holiday season of Christmas & New Year’s Eve may have recently passed but my recent visit to Puerto Rico educated me about the Three King’s Day that is celebrated on January 6, 2018. The day the Three Magi came from the east to Jerusalem bringing gifts for Jesus. HPD Officers organized a toy drive and mailed gifts to our students at Escuela Carmen Sola De Pereira. The kids started school on Tuesday January 9, 2018 and found gifts from the Houston Police Department.