Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, September 2, 2022
Chief's Weekly Update

Memorial Villages Police Department


From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,

Next weekend 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.   

This weekend 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.  

House Watches. 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.

Thanks to 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.

Only 4 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 - YouTube

Enjoy the 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.

Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org  

 

Weekly Crime Report

Hunters Creek

8/28/22 at 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.

8/30/22 at 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.

8/29/22 at 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.  

Piney Point

8/29/22 at 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.

Bunker Hill

8/26/22 at 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.

8/30/22 at 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.


 
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