Weekly Crime Report
Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,
It is hard
to believe but 2022 will soon be behind us. All of us here at the MVPD found 2022
to be a very interesting year with many unusual challenges and complexities. We
had to deal with the third (and hopefully last) year of wacky COVID protocols.
In late January and early February, we had an outbreak of COVID within our Dispatch
Center. Over half of our staff were out ill, requiring everyone else to be
extra careful and not to become infected. We asked our employees to self-isolate,
adjust their schedules to provide coverage and to work extra and extended shifts.
We asked officers to help cover dispatch and our phone lines, and they
did. That was followed by some
unexpected vacancies within the department that required the hiring and
training of new personnel. This in turn placed extra stress on our dispatch training
staff and our police officer field training officers. Our personnel manager retired
and relocated to Colorado, so we also had to hire a new personnel manager (who
wears multiple hats). The perfect person was identified, and Ms. Priscilla
Gonzalez stepped in to fill that critical vacancy and found herself on-boarding
other new employees on her first day.
We then had
to work with the Police Commission, the 3 city councils, and executive teams in
developing a 2023 budget during the beginning of the 2022 economic uncertainties,
rapid inflation, and crazy CPI index. Our Finance Manager Ms. Victoria Bowman
was up to the task and worked through many revisions of budget proposals that
included a significant capital project, being the replacement of our outdated
radio system and, a communications center remodel. Executive staff and the Police Commission Finance
committee worked though that task while at the same time putting together a budget
that would allow the MVPD to compete on a national level in attracting qualified
applicants for both our sworn and civilian positions. They
put together such a solid budget that we immediately began seeing results with
applications to the MVPD resulting in a waiting list of potential new officers.
summer, gas prices reached extremes requiring the department to conserve while
still providing quality patrol in the community. Our staff once again stepped-up
identifying ways to save monies in other areas to maintain strong patrol
operations. During midsummer, a supply and demand issue resulted in a shortage
of police vehicle parts. Again, it was our staff who found the needed parts (at
one-quarter of the cost) that kept our fleet going.
A new RFP
for Information Technology (I.T.) services was issued, reviewed and a new I.T
vendor was selected. The new vendor took over 3 months ago and has already
replaced and installed new servers, modernized our I.T. server room and removed
3 generations of unused and outdated hardware, improving our efficiency and effectiveness.
They are now working in preparation of the 2023 Capitol project of installing the
new radio system.
While all of
that was occurring, our team continued to remain highly visible and proactive
in the community. Besides our enforcement activity we participated in multiple
community events throughout the year, finishing up last week with the Twinkle
Light Parade. A quick preliminary review of our crime statistics shows in 2022,
crimes against persons declined 42%, crimes against property declined 33%, and
arrests increased by 50%. These numbers did not occur by themselves, they only occurred
because everyone worked together, our community (you) and our staff. We want to
thank you for your continued support but more importantly for being a part of
our team. You help protect our community by being vigilant in protecting your
homes and families, but you also let us know what is going on in the community.
We have always encouraged our residents to call in suspicious persons, vehicles
or circumstances and you have done that once again in 2022. This past year we have investigated 1175 of
these types of calls. In addition to you being our eyes and ears, you invested
in technology and added additional ALPR cameras to our arsenal of tools. In
2022, we were alerted to stolen, wanted, suspicious vehicles and/or persons by
our ALPR system 811 times. Together we make a great crime fighting team and
have been able to keep the Villages as one of the safest communities in the State
of Texas. Thank You.
already prepared and ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead in 2023. We
will continue to hold the bad actors accountable, we continue to make arrests,
we will continue to investigate cases and follow the leads, but even more
important we will continue to serve you and your families. Have a happy and prosperous
you once again for all the food, treats, tickets, and gift cards sent over to
the department this week and throughout the year. Our staff truly appreciates your
2023 Evening Class Sign-up. Our annual evening RAD Class will be held January 17-19, 2023, from
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm. These classes are
designed for residents who can not make it to a daytime class. Please reserve
your place in class by contacting Officer Michelle Owens at email@example.com for additional information.
Weekly Crime Report
1245 Hours. 10700 Block of Beinhorn. Theft of Packages. The victim reported that a family member was
alerted when their dogs started barking. A check of the front porch found a female on the porch removing packages and leaving in a VW SUV or
station wagon type vehicle. A check of a nearby ALPR camera located the vehicle
and the license plate. The gray Volkswagen Taos returns to a Houston address.
Information about the theft was collected and provided to detectives for their
follow up investigation. The suspect vehicle was entered into the ALPR Hotlist
1300 Hours. 700 Block of Creekside. Fraud. The victim was contacted by his bank
in reference to a check that they suspected had been washed. The victim reviewed his checking account and
confirmed the payee had been changed to an individual that he did not know. The
victim had written the original check and had mailed it at the Post Office at
Town and County Post Office. Information about the fraud was collected and
provided to detectives who have taken over the investigation.
1545 Hours. 200 Block of Breeds Hill. Burglary of a Vehicle. The victim
reported that sometime during the night his unlocked vehicle was entered, and 2
handguns were taken. A check of area video surveillance footage located a dark
colored SUV drive down the victim’s street at 0405 hours and park nearby before
turning off the headlights. The video does not show a clear image of the
suspect vehicle. Information about the theft was obtained and provided to
detectives who have taken over the investigation.