Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, May 3, 2019
From the Office of the Chief of Police

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 and sausage.

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

Weekly Crime Report

Hunters Creek

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.

Piney Point

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 case.

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.

Bunker Hill

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.

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