Well it is hard to believe but Thursday of this coming
week is the first day of school for many of our Village Schools. Here at the MVPD, we have been busy preparing
for the return of students, buses and the extra traffic. We will have additional
personnel working this coming week and the following week to assist with
traffic management near and around our Schools. Each year we prepare a School
Safety Plan and have been busy preparing our officers for the beginning of this
school year. Besides safely moving parents and children around school
facilities, we have been working with school officials and neighbors on
drop-off plans and schedules, along with parking issues. Several of the schools
have areas around them that are posted as “No Parking” zones. These areas have
been designated as such due to limited street width, visibility and other
specific safety reasons. Please be careful and only park in designated and
legal locations. Do not block private driveways or park on private streets or
on private property. Illegally parked vehicles are subject to immediate towing.
With the beginning of school, also comes the return of
school busses. Please be on the lookout for buses that will be picking up and
dropping off students. (Hunters Creek Elementary School Area will actually have
an increase in the number of neighborhood buses this year) Passing a school bus
with its red lights on that is actively boarding or exiting will result in a
citation. Remember, that many children will be excited as the school year
begins and running in the area, and near and around buses. Please be extra careful and attentive while
everyone learns the new school year routine.
This past week was unfortunately another violent week
here in Texas and also in Ohio. Far too often in the news of today, we hear of
senseless acts of violence. Many of these cowardly acts include attacks on
helpless victims in public places. This week we have been conducting mandatory
training for all of our personnel in how to respond to active shooter events.
This training is something that we regularly address, and we had scheduled this
training before last weekend’s events.
The training that we did this week included our teams of officers
responding to an active situation where someone is actively hurting
people. While this is training that we
hope we will never actually need to use, we do want to be prepared. Our
officers take their roles and responsibilities very seriously and worked hard
this week during the training exercises. This has now become a regular part of
our training regiment and will continue from now on.
While working on the V-LINC, I received 2 phone scams
within minutes of each other. The first
was a recorded call, telling me that my Verizon account had been suspended and
to call them immediately. The second
call was also a recording telling me that my social security number had been
compromised and to call them immediately. Both were obviously phishing
attempts. And soon after the two calls, a resident stopped by the PD to inform
us that he had just received a phishing call from some claiming to be an
attorney and who was calling for the resident’s grandson who was in jail and
needed bail money. Please remember that these scammers are out in force and
very active. The reason why there are so many of these calls happening is
because the offenders are being successful and are obtaining information from
people who fall for the scam. Protect
yourself and never give out personal information to someone unsolicited by you.
This morning we received several calls from residents
who were awoken by the HPD helicopter overnight. HPD was involved in a pursuit that entered
the villages. Our streets worked as designed and the suspects quickly became
trapped on a dead-end. HPD quickly took
one of the suspects into custody while the other ran on foot. The suspect who
ran however, could not outrun a police dog and was also taken into custody. Our
officers were right there and quickly assisted.
Great job by both agencies.
Our night-shift teams continue to be proactive in
their patrols throughout the night. Early this morning they encountered a
couple of transients who thought they were going to set-up a campsite in the
Bayou in Piney Point. Our officers ensured that they did not camp in the
Villages and sent them on their way.
Great job by our night team!
The Memorial Villages Police Department will be hosting a RAD55 class in
September. RAD55 is a RAD class that has
been specifically designed and adapted for adults 55ish+. The RAD55 program is focused around educating older
adults in personal safety techniques, along with basic confrontational
principles like understanding reaction time, vulnerable target areas, and
development of a survival mindset. RAD55 will also instill dependency on self and
reinforce the enormous responsibility and importance of making your own smart
decisions. You will also develop a self-realization of physical
power. During each session we will work on developing confidence in your own
physical strength to defend yourself and your family. This course will be held over a five-week time frame.
We will meet two times a week for two hours in each session. We encourage you
to attend as many sessions as possible. Each session will cover a new topic.
Please RSVP to Officer Michelle Owens at Mowens@mvpdtx.org to reserve your spot.
This program is designed for women and men. Feel free to bring friend.
Classes will be held at: Memorial Drive Christian
Dates: September 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26, October
1st and 3rd 2019
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm each day
Light snacks will be provided
Have a super weekend. Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
No significant Incidents
8/2/19 at 1315 Hours. 1-100 Block of Windemere.
Burglary of a Vehicle. A pool service
technician had been cleaning pools in the area on 8/1/19 and upon returning to
his vehicle noticed that his cell phone was missing. The victim was able to
initiate a find my phone app and it showed his phone to be located in the area
on Flintdale and Stardust. The victim then drove to the area where he found his
phone on the ground. The victim contacted nearby construction workers and was
able to determine that his phone was stolen by the same suspect who had
committed a theft at this location. Detectives were contacted and have been
able to identify the suspect. An arrest warrant is pending for the suspects
8/5/19 at 2015 Hours. 1-100 Block of Farnham Park.
Criminal Trespass. The victim noticed a male subject walking outside of his
residence that caught his attention. A few seconds later the victim went to see
where the subject had gone and noticed that the subject was inside of his
vehicle. The victim then went outside to investigate. The suspect stated that
he was at the wrong house and started to walk away. MVPD was called and responded to the area.
Officers arrived and located the suspect who began to fight with officers. The
suspect was taken into custody without injury.
An investigation found that the suspect was most likely planning on
burglarizing the victim’s car when he was spotted. The DA’s office accepted charges. The 30-year-old suspect was then booked into
the Harris County Jail.
8/6/19 at 1830 Hours. 10800 Block of Beinhorn.
Forgery. The victim had been expecting a check in the mail however, it had not
yet arrived. Upon investigating the reason for the missing check, she learned
that it had been cashed in Arlington, Texas. The victim did not cash the
check. Information about the check and
account used to cash the check was obtained and provided to detectives for
their follow-up investigation.
8/7/19 at 0915 Hours. 1-100 block of Glendenning. Fraud.
The victim reported that they had not received any mail for an extended period
of time. Upon investigating why, they learned that a male subject had put a
hold on their mail and was going to the post office to pick it up. The post
office was contacted, and a male subject had just attempted to pick up mail and
upon being challenged by post office personnel had run from the post office.
Detectives were notified and are working with USPS officials to obtain video
surveillance of the suspect. Investigation is on-going.