From the Desk
of Chief Ray Schultz,
on September 10th the MVPD will be fielding a team of 16 runners for
the Annual 9/11 Heroes Run (9/11
Heroes Run - Houston, TX in Houston, TX - Details, Registration, and Results |
ITS YOUR RACE). This will be our first time doing this event
as a team. Even more amazing is the fact that 16 runners is 1/3 of all our
personnel. Over the past 3 years we have been encouraging our staff to work
hard on their physical wellness. The MVPD Foundation and residents have been
extremely helpful in updating gym equipment, providing healthy snacks, and
providing lots of encouragement. Last
week at a department staff meeting, I had the honor of presenting awards to the
top 5 most physically fit employees. (Officers, Cerny, Silliman, Eckerfield,
Williford and Kukowski).
Early in the
morning hours, it is not uncommon for dayshift officers to be here early running
before their shifts at 4 am and then our night team running at 7 am before they
head home and off to sleep. Throughout
the day, our administrative staff and dispatchers can be seen walking around the
city/police campus grounds getting in their steps. Great work by team MVPD.
This week we
had to close the MVPD building due to an outbreak of COVID. We had to cancel a
couple of scheduled tours while we disinfected the building and vehicles. Hit particularly
hard, was our dispatch center where the outbreak got to our nightshift team. As always, several of our employees stepped
up to fill in the gaps so that emergency services were not interrupted. Special appreciation goes to communications
manager, Ms. Val Wallace who spent most of the week on the front lines in communications
manning a dispatch console. Other telecommunicators worked on scheduled days
off and made last minute shift changes, including officers and sergeants who
worked on the other side of the microphone spending time in dispatch.
is Labor Day and that means 3 days off from school. Unfortunately, in the field of law
enforcement it is also one of what we call, a drinking holiday. This means that
we always see an increase in intoxicated drivers, collisions, and other bad
driving habits. We will be on the look-out throughout the weekend for impaired
drivers, impaired on alcohol, but also impaired due to marijuana and/or
prescription medication. We will be doing our part and making arrests and
towing vehicles. We also want you to be extra careful and drive in a
defensive manner. That means watching for weaving or aggressive drivers, cover
your brake when going though intersections and taking a second or two extra
when starting through an intersection after a red light change.
Don’t forget that one of the many services that we offer are house watches
while you are away from your home, whether it is for a long weekend or a 2-week
vacation. You can register your home on our webpage or by calling our dispatch
center at 713-365-3700. If you away from your home this weekend for any reason,
please don’t forget to lock your house, activate alarms, and video security
systems. The same goes for your vehicles. Always take your keys and lock the
car doors, even in your own driveway or backyard.
Last week I
mentioned the high number of stolen vehicles recovered by our officers so far. Well,
we finished up August with a total of 15 recovered stolen vehicles, 13 of which
were due to our ALPR system. The other 2
were stopped due to fake paper tags. Our fake paper tag enforcement activities
are continuing and as I am writing todays newsletter at 9:41 am, we have
stopped 2 more cars with fake paper tags already today, one of which had not
been registered for over 2 years. We will be continuing fake paper tag
enforcement operations throughout the fall.
the residents who sent over Three Brothers Bakery cupcakes on Wednesday and for
the donation of Astro’s tickets for this weekend and some future games. As always,
we appreciate you for taking care of our team.
months until Christmas and to the Annual Twinkle Light Parade. Start planning
now if you want to be involved in this annual village tradition. Decorate your
car, truck or trailer with anything Christmas, add lots of twinkling lights and
jump in line for the nighttime parade. Every year the parade gets better and
better. There will be a limit to the number of entries for safety purposes so start
planning now if your neighborhood, group of friends or family wants to join in the
fun and be in the parade. Additional details will be coming soon that include
sign-up information. 2021 Twinkle Light Parade -
Holiday weekend. Please don’t forget that Monday there is no construction (but
there will be garbage service in Bunker Hill). The Hunters Creek Farmers Market
will be open on Saturday so if you are bored, that is always a nice close and
easy place to get to.
Weekly Crime Report
0030 Hours. 200 Block of Voss Road. Unauthorized Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.
Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on Voss Road.
Officers were nearby and located the stolen vehicle at I-10. Officers initiated
a traffic stop on the vehicle and detained the driver. The subject stated that
the vehicle belonged to his husband but that he was going though a divorce and
the husband might have reported it as stolen. Through investigation officers
learned that the vehicle had been rented by the drivers estranged husband after
the driver had been in an accident. The term of the rental had expired, and the
suspect/driver had been told that and to return the vehicle. The driver had
refused to return the car to either the husband or the rental car company. The
DA’s office was contacted and accepted charges on the 31-year-old driver who
was then booked into the Harris County Jail and the vehicle was towed.
0830 Hours. 800 Block of Voss. Incident Report.
Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on Voss
Road. Officers located the construction
van and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle was confirmed and listed as
stolen. The driver stated that he worked for the victim and that the victim had
just given him the vehicle before the traffic stop. Officers contacted the
victim who determined that he had reported the wrong vehicle as stolen. The victim stated that he owns more than one
construction van and that one had been stolen. He realized that he provided the
wrong information to HPD and that it was a mistake. MVPD notified HPD of the
vehicle recovery and the circumstances of the error in reporting. The owner of
the van was instructed to contact HPD, the incorrect vehicle information was
removed from the stolen vehicle database via teletype to Austin – DPS.
0900 Hours. 1 – 100 Block of Reichert Farms. Emergency Detention Order. Officers were dispatched to the area in
reference to a female screaming, yelling, and crying. Upon arrival officers located the female on
the porch of a (non-related) residence.
The female was uncommunicable. A portable fingerprint system was
requested and assisted in identifying the subject. A check of the area located
paraphernalia used to smoke crack/meth. The female was found to be in a mental
health crisis due to the drugs. Officers obtained an emergency detention order
and VFD transported the 51-year-old female to a hospital for treatment. It is
unknown how the female arrived in the area.
0100 Hours. 8500 Block of San Felipe. Possession of Heroin. Officers were
monitoring the area for traffic violations and initiated a traffic stop on a
vehicle. Upon approaching the driver
officers could see syringes in the drivers shirt pocket. Further investigation
found the driver to be in possession of Heroin. The driver admitted to being a heroin user. The 31-year-old male was booked into the
Harris County Jail and the vehicle was towed. The heroin was collected and
tagged into Evidence.
1445 Hours. 1 – 100 Block of Williamsburg Lane. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle.
The victim reported that early this morning, a male suspect wearing an adidas
black jogging outfit and a covid mask, was captured on a nearby video
system. The male suspect had entered 2
of his unlocked vehicles and rummaged through the glove boxes and center
consoles. Gift cards, a small bag and sunglasses were missing from one of the
vehicles. Information about the theft and a copy of video was obtained and
provided to detectives who have taken over the investigation.
0930 Hours. 200 Block of Gessner Road. Officers stopped a vehicle after
observing the driver commit a traffic violation. Upon approaching the driver officers could
smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search located a quantity of
marijuana. The 30-year-old male driver
met the requirements for the marijuana diversion program and was cited and
referred to the court via citation. The marijuana was tagged into evidence and
the driver released.