This has been quite the week here at the MVPD as
everyone has been busy with several on-going departmental initiatives,
preparing for the upcoming graduation season and wrapping up after last
weekend’s BBQ fundraiser lunch, and that is where I will start. I would like to
thank everyone who was able to either help support the event with a
sponsorship, stop by and eat, or both.
The MVPD Foundation Executive Board did a great job of organizing the
BBQ. Their day started at 4:30 am in the
morning by setting up the smoker, tables, chairs and slicing lots of brisket
The Memorial Area Ferrari and Lamborghini Club was
awesome by displaying their classic cars. The classic cars, fire equipment,
drones, the smell of BBQ along with great weather ensured a very successful
event. The final count was 21½ briskets, 15 pounds of sausage, 10 gallons of
potato salad and 8 gallons of beans. I
had a great time getting to meet new residents, get reacquainted with old
residents, guests and folks who just saw the event while driving by and stopped
to eat. As always, I appreciated the interaction, dialogue, compliments and
even the (few) complaints/suggestions. We are always trying to do better, and
we will continue to police the villages in the manner in which you want us to.
There was lots of discussion about this very tool that
you are reading now – VLINC. I am glad that it has become such an important
part of the Memorial Villages Area Community. I even got to meet a family who
shares the weekly report with their parents who just happen to also be visiting
the Houston area from Holland. They told me that they are forwarded a copy of
the weekly VLINC report and enjoy hearing about what is happening in the
villages and learning about crime and safety.
VLINC really is a very important community policing
tool. By communicating with our
community on a weekly basis, we are accomplishing several things. First, as
your police department, we want you to know what we are doing for you. We do
not have any secrets. As we continue to look for ways to better serve you and
your families we will share our ideas and thoughts. It is your feedback that is
so important in helping us make the best use of our time and most important, of
your tax dollars. As we continue to explore new uses of technology we will
continue to share the results with you, the Police Commission and the elected
Village Officials. We do the same with our weekly crime report. We list the
significant crimes/incidents that occur not to embarrass anyone, but to help
educate everyone else about what is occurring, so you can better protect your
homes and families. I also like to use the VLINC platform to provide safety
tips along with reminders about construction, detours, community events and
other “good to know” topics.
One of the more recent changes in how we deliver
services to the Villages includes our continued partnership with the Village
Fire Department. We recently added a new
computer to our dispatch room that allows our dispatchers to see the Fire
Department Computer Aided Dispatch System. As VFD receives direct calls from
residents or transfer calls from other agencies we can now see the event as it
is entered into the Fire CAD. That means
that on events that we can be of assistance on, we can get our resources headed
in that direction even quicker. We monitor the Village Fire Department radio
frequencies and, in the past, needed to hear the dispatched calls before
sending officers. When the radio room gets busy it can mean several radios and
phones going at once. This change will
help ensure that nothing gets missed. Our thanks and appreciation to Village
Fire for helping get this extra layer of protection in place.
Another hot topic Saturday was “traffic” and several
comments that we don’t do enough traffic enforcement. I just reviewed the April
statistics for last month and we issued 994 citations. The 994 citations were
for 1690 violations (some tickets address more than one infraction). Our top
violations were for Speeding-366, No Insurance-145, No drivers License-129, Red
Light-47, Stop Sign-77 and Expired Registration-240. We continue to address
traffic issues on several fronts, through our enforcement and analysis. We have been using our traffic analyzer checking
specific areas for vehicle counts, speeding and other traffic patterns. This
week we have had Officer Lerma conducting a traffic signalization study along
Memorial Drive during the morning commute times. More about those studies in
the coming weeks.
On Wednesday, we attended a regional meeting hosted by
the Harris County District Attorney. The
topic was, Jail Diversion for persons suffering from mental health and who have
committed low-level misdemeanor offenses. This is subject that all of us here
at the MVPD are very interested in. Providing intervention and assistance to
persons suffering from mental health issues and freeing up critically needed
jail space for more serious offenders are projects that we whole heartily
support. In the month of April, the MVPD
arrested 57 persons, a significant increase from the same month last year. Should this trend continue, along with an
increase in persons who are intoxicated and/or suffering from mental illness,
we will be sure to utilize these new services.
The new program started May 1, 2019 and uses the Judge Ed Emmett Mental
Health Diversion Center. More information about this new initiative can be
found at the following link.
And finally, a couple of updates, first, a “Drone”
update. Continued testing of the use of drone technology is going extremely
well. This week Officer Boggus was requested to use his drone to assist HPD in
searching for a handgun that a suspect had possibly thrown on top of a building
while fleeing from HPD officers. While they did not locate the firearm, the use
of the technology made the search quick and safe.
The Automated License Plate Reader System continues to
be tested in the Villages. This week it
is in Hunters Creek where we are putting it through some significant testing.
The ALPR is reading license plates of vehicles while they are traveling on a
curve in the roadway. The system is working well reading all plates, at times
over 1000 vehicle plates per hour.
Remember to slow down if traveling on Bunker Hill Road
during the milling and repaving. The neighbors would appreciate it, as slower
speeds help to keep the dust down and the gravel from flying.
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
4/29/19 at 2245 Hours. 200 Block of Voss. Failure to
Identify/Fugitive. Officer initiated a traffic stop after observing a traffic
violation. Upon approaching the driver,
the subject refused to provide a driver’s license and/or his name, birthdate or
any other information. The subject was
asked to exit his vehicle at which time he was placed under arrest. The subject continued to refuse and identify
himself. A search of the vehicle located an old student ID card and by using
that, officers were able to identify the suspect who was found to have a
suspended license. The 24-year-old male
was then booked into the MVPD Jail while his car was towed.
5/1/19 at 1430 Hours. 11000 Block of Landon lane.
Identity Theft. The victim notified MVPD that she had received a debit card in
the mail at her home that had someone else’s name on it. Upon contacting the
bank, the victim learned that an account had been opened tying the new account
to her home. The account was closed by
the bank. Information was obtained and
provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
4/30/19 at 0930 Hours. 1-100 Block of S. Cheska Lane.
Burglary of a Habitation. Officers were
requested to perform a welfare check on the homeowner at a residential property
after the resident’s daughter noticed an unusual charge on the victims charge
card. Upon contacting the resident, officers learned that an acquaintance had
been at the house in the early morning hours without permission and had been
asked to leave. After the person had
left, the victim realized that his wallet, phone and I-pad were missing.
Information about the missing items was obtained and provided to detectives who
are familiar with the acquaintance and prior thefts. Detectives are working the
5/2/19 at 0930 Hours. 11500 Block of Way Manor.
Possession of a Controlled Substance. MVPD officer initiated a traffic stop
after observing a vehicle with no license plate, no registration and a damaged
windshield. Upon approaching the driver, the officer observed the driver
spraying himself and the interior of the car with cologne. The officer could also smell the odor of
marijuana coming from the car. Upon
having the subject exit the vehicle, the officer located marijuana and a
quantity of hydrocodone. The 24-year-old male was then arrested and booked into
the Harris County Jail.
5/3/19 at 0030 Hours. Flintdale and Taylorcrest.
Assist Agency/Arrest Warrants. Officer
observed a vehicle traveling at a high speed, flashing its lights and sounding
the horn and initiated a traffic stop. Upon approaching the driver, the subject
stated that he had just been involved in an altercation in Houston on Bingle
Road, and 2 suspects had shot at his vehicle. Officer observed 3 bullet holes
in the rear of the car. HPD was
requested and responded. While waiting for HPD, it was found that the victim
also had outstanding warrants for his arrest. The case and subject were turned
over to HPD for their investigation.