Category Archives: Community Outreach

First Friday Fun Fact

The Corpus Christi Police Department will begin a campaign called “First Friday Fun Fact” that will focus on different Texas traffic laws.  It will run on the first Friday of each month. 

TURNING LEFT OVER DOUBLE-YELLOW LINES
One of the biggest misconceptions in the arena of lane markings is the meaning of the double-yellow line with regards to left turns.  A double-yellow line simply means “no passing”; it does not prohibit left turns.  In fact, you are specifically permitted by statute to turn left over double yellow lines:

PASSING TO THE LEFT:  PASSING ZONES
(b)  An operator may not drive on the left side of the roadway in a no-passing zone or on the left side of any pavement striping designed to mark a no-passing zone.  This subsection does not prohibit a driver from crossing pavement striping, or the center line in a no-passing zone marked by signs only, to make a left turn into or out of an alley or private road or driveway.

Additional information
There is an exception to the above rule: if there are two sets of double-yellow lines, you may not cross over at all, including for left turns.  These areas are defined as 
“flush median islands.”  As such, they have the same purpose and function as a physical traffic island and are legally enforceable as a “dividing space.”  (see below.)  These areas often also have diagonal hash markings to help emphasize that they’re off-limits.

 

Phlebotomist On Duty Starting Tonight

The Fourth of July holiday often leads to an increase in the number of Driving While Intoxicated arrests made by the Corpus Christi Police Department.

We want everyone to enjoy the festivities of the Fourth of July holiday and ask that you act responsibly by not drinking and driving in our city. All drivers should avoid the risk of arrest, incarceration or tragedy that is associated with driving while intoxicated. In an effort to assist law enforcement agencies in the investigation of suspected intoxicated drivers, the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office will provide a trained phlebotomist at the City of Corpus Christi Detention Center from 10pm to 4am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

The Corpus Christi Police Department remains a “no refusal” agency all of the time. However during this holiday period, when a trained phlebotomist is at the CDC, our officers will not have to take suspects to the hospital in order to get a blood sample. This will make the DWI investigation more efficient and will get our officers back on the street much quicker.

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Release Second Quarter Statistics for 2015

The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers has the statistical report for the second quarter for 2015 to provide to the public.

There have been 1,167 calls to Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers in 2015 which have resulted in 69 arrests and $28,800 dollars in rewards approved. There have been 49 fugitives apprehended as a result of Crime Stoppers tips in Corpus Christi. There have been $1,000 dollars worth of property recovered, and $1,580 dollars worth of narcotics seized because of tips from the public to the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers.

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers in the community to provide information to Police about unsolved crimes. Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers guarantees that anyone who calls Crime Stoppers will remain completely anonymous for their protection, so the caller will never be known to the criminal, never be compelled to appear in court, and not be subject to investigation. Crime Stoppers offers rewards to overcome the challenge of apathy and as a tool to provide incentive for those who are not willing to communicate with law enforcement. The rewards and operating expenses are entirely from donations and no tax dollars go toward the Crime Stoppers program.

Anyone with any information about an unsolved crime or knows the location of a fugitive should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at www.888TIPS.com. Anyone who would like to donate to Crime Stoppers can find out more at the website or visit the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers facebook page. Crime Stoppers is the link between law enforcement, the media, and the public in an effort to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime, and enhance public safety.

Fourth of July Vehicle Auction

The City of Corpus Christi will auction 92 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the  Police Vehicle Impound Lot, located at 5485 Greenwood Drive, on Saturday, July  4, 2015 at 10:00 am.

The general public is encouraged to register and view the vehicles for auction from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, July 3. The general public can continue to  view the vehicles from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on the day of the auction.

The vehicles for auction may be viewed online and an auction list may be downloaded from www.siskauction.com.

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Do You Know These Two Thieves?

Date: 6/15/2015            3:00 PM
Location: 5350 South Staples Street
Offense: Felony Theft
P.C. 31.02        State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1506180028

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of two suspects that they believe stole computer equipment from the New York Life business, located at 5350 South Staples Street, on June 15 at about 3 PM.

Employees at the business told Officers that the suspect with the red cap walks into the office, while the suspect with the blue cap is watching from outside.  The suspect with the red cap enters a hallway storage room inside of the office.  He is then seen a short time later walking out with two cases, one in each hand.  The two large silver metal cases each contained a laptop computer, a printer, a web camera, and a finger printing kit.  They are worth $5000. The suspect in the blue cap leaves the area following the male in the red cap.

Detectives were able to obtain camera images from the security camera system that shows both males enter the office front doors.  They were both wearing white t-shirts, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

The suspects in this case was not located and Detectives need your help in identifying these individuals.  Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Suspect entering business office

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Suspects entering business office

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Suspect acting as look out

Police Host Public Events On Padre Island

6-26-2015 10-21-08 AMHeaded to the Beach this Saturday? We will be there too. Check out our Island Substation located at Zahn Road and State Highway 361. The Texas Sealife Center and South Texas Botanical Gardens will present Coastal and Aquatic Wildlife Education from 1pm-3pm at the Island Substation at Tortuga Dunes. Bring the family; there is no fee for the event.
Senior Officer Luis Flores has worked hard to arrange events each Saturday at the substation for the public. Go out and see him and take advantage of the great opportunities!

Suspect Steals From Three Separate Stores

DATE: June 20-22, 2015
LOCATION: Corpus Christi Home Depot Stores
OFFENSE: Thefts
P.C. 31.03   Class A Misdemeanor
CASE NUMBER:
1506200084, 1506220121, 1506220122
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a suspect that they believe stole several power tools from three different Home Depot Stores in Corpus Christi.

The first theft occurred on June 19 at about 12:45 PM at the Home Depot located at 5041 South Padre Island Drive.  Employees told Corpus Christi Police that a man walked into the store and removed a Makita Drill and bit set valued at $279.  The man walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on S.P.I.D.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on S.P.I.D.

The second theft occurred on June 20 at about 2:55 PM at the Home Depot located at 4038 South Port Avenue.  Employees told Corpus Christi Police that a man walked into the store and removed a Milwaukee brand hammer and impact combination kit valued at $798.  The man walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on South Port Avenue

The third theft occurred on June 22 at 3 PM at the Home Depot located at 13202 Leopard Street. Employees told Corpus Christi Police that a man walked into the store and removed a Milwaukee drill kit valued at $399.  The man walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on Leopard Street

When Detectives reviewed surveillance video they determined that all three thefts appear to be committed by the same suspect.   The suspect is a Hispanic male, between 40 and 50 years of age.  He was wearing a light colored long sleeve button down shirt, blue jeans and light colored tennis shoes in all three thefts.  He is seen with a cap on in the theft that occurred on Leopard Street.

The same suspect vehicle was used in all the three thefts and is reported to be a Blue Kia Rio

The suspect in this case has not been identified and Detectives need your help in solving this crime.  Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Volunteers In Policing To Be Recognized Tonight

Volunteer Awards Banquet

Tonight, the Corpus Christi Police Department will host the 2014 Volunteer Award Banquet at the Church Unlimited, 3402 Rodd Field Road. We will serve a light meal from Firehouse Subs starting at 6 p.m. followed by presentation of awards at 7 p.m.

The following groups will receive awards:

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services
Corpus Christi Citizens Police Academy Alumni
Corpus Christi Reserve Officers
John W. Sartain Law Enforcement Explorer Post 133
Mary Grett School
Corpus Christi Police Athletic League
Retires and Senior Volunteer Program

Other individual awards being presented as well:

Alys Perez
Andrew Carrizales
Bill Shelton
Cheryl Daubs
Chris Hernandez
Cydni Cochran
Dale Langley
Dan Roberts
Delfina Benavides
Diana Perez
Eileen Fisher
Gary Heinrich
James Hoffman

It is an honor to recognize these volunteers and the work that they do everyday at our police department.

Theft Suspect PIO2

Date: 06/11/2015       11:30 PM
Location: 3829 Interstate Highway 69
Offense: Theft
P.C. 31.03       Class A Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1506120079

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a man they believe stole over $500 worth of merchandise from the Wal-Mart Store located at 3829 Interstate Highway  69 on June 12.

Store employees observed the man placing a variety of meats into his grocery cart along with an air conditioning  unit. He then pays for a candy bar and a soda but does not pay for the meat and the A/C unit.  He then pushes the cart out of the store, making no attempt to pay for the merchandise.

The suspect in this case has not been identified, and detectives need your help in solving this crime.  The suspect is described as a bald Hispanic male and he was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Suspect pushing the cart out of the store

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Suspect got into this vehicle and left the scene

Police Begin Summer Crime Initiative Sunday

Officer Eric Smith on Beach Patrol for the Coprus Christi Police
Officer Eric Smith visits with visitors while on Beach Patrol

The Corpus Christi Police Department will begin to conduct a Summer Crime Initiative for the 4th consecutive year this Sunday. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure the safety of our community and the tourists who visit our city during the summer months. In order to accomplish this goal, the police department will take proactive steps that will include the Uniform Patrol Division, Narcotics Unit, Traffic Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, Public Information Office, and Parking Enforcement Unit. In addition to officers from the CCPD we will work in conjunction with other law enforcement partners from our area.

The Summer Crime Initiative will run from June 21st through the Labor Day weekend. Traditionally, during this time frame, most school districts are out for the summer which has the potential to lead to a rise in juvenile crime, traffic related issues, and gang issues. The police department will work to combat any rise in crimes against persons and crimes against property. The listed units will conduct on-going operations that will target the following areas of concern:

  1. Juvenile crimes to include curfew violations
  2. Burglaries to include auto and home
  3. Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
  4. Graffiti
  5. Gang related crimes
  6. Traffic related offenses
  7. Parole and probation checks
  8. Sex offender checks
  9. Bar checks

The police department will work with the media via the Public Information Office to announce our initiatives and our efforts in working to keep all citizens safe. The PIO will utilize the print, television, and social media to ensure that citizens are aware of the efforts of the department as well as public service projects that will be available.

Our partner agencies will include:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division
  • Nueces County District Attorney’s Office
  • Nueces County Community Supervision & Corrections
  • Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department
  • Corpus Christi Juvenile Assessment Center
  • Corpus Christi Code Enforcement

Uniform Patrol Division

The Uniform Patrol Division which includes the Traffic Unit will work to be pro-active during this initiative. Patrol supervisors will look to capture data and statistics that will assist in allocating resources and deploying them in an effective manner. The Uniform Patrol Division will also staff a temporary Padre Island sub-station. The purpose of this sub-station will be to provide an opportunity for all citizens and tourists to receive information, get directions, purchase beach parking stickers, have a police report written, and to have additional public service events available. The Police Athletic League will also work with young citizens to provide activities that are conducive to a safe and peaceful summer. The Patrol Division will focus on the following areas:

  • Curfew violations
  • Underage drinking
  • Driver’s license and insurance checkpoints
  • Burglary patrols driven by up to date crime statistics
  • Bar Checks
  • Beach Patrols
  • Open a temporary island sub-station to service visitors and residents
  • Graffiti Patrols and clean up efforts
  • Assist with sex offender, parole, probation checks
  • Speed Enforcement
  • Distracted Driver Enforcement
  • DWI enforcement
  • Illegal Parking Enforcement

The Narcotics Unit will look to improve the quality of life in the area that surrounds the uptown neighborhood and business district. They will conduct narcotic investigations and prostitution stings in an effort to reduce crime and the perception of crime.

Criminal Investigations Division

Auto theft will conduct bait operations during the summer targeting auto burglars.

CID will also target high profile registered sex offenders in the city to ensure that they are in compliance with all laws and conditions of probation and registration.

Gang Unit

The Gang Unit will look to reduce crime committed by gang members by ensuring that all gangs that are currently on the injunction list are in compliance with the conditions of the order. In addition to these efforts the Gang Unit will also look to impact gang crimes by:

  • Conducting bar inspections at locations frequented by gang members
  • Targeting specific neighborhoods in response to increased gang activity
  • Compliance checks on gang members that are registered sex offenders
  • React operations due to major gang related offenses
  • Gang prevention presentations

Conduct warrant round ups of gang members