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Rumor Control

Please rely on facts that will come from City and County leaders.

Do not rely on rumors or fear.

For your convenience we have listed social media locations and web pages for information on COVID-19 or any changes that affect our city.

Corpus Christi Police Blotter

Corpus Christi Police Twitter

Corpus Christi Police Facebook

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

Texas Department of State Health Services

Corpus Christi Fire Department

City of Corpus Christi web page

City of Corpus Christi Facebook

Thank you for your continued involvement in our community.

How to report price Gouging

Price gouging is defined as:

§17.46(b) of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act provides that it is a false, misleading or deceptive act or practice to take advantage of a disaster declared by the Governor under Chapter 418, Government Code, or the President by:

  1. Selling or leasing fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or another necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price;
  2. Demanding an exorbitant or excessive price in connection with the sale or lease of fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or another necessity.

If you observe price gouging you can report it to the Attorney General of Texas office at the Consumer Protection Hotline (1-800-621-0508) and you may also file via email using the link below.

How to Spot and Report Price Gouging

File a Consumer Complaint

Spring Break 2020


The Corpus Christi Police Department would like all visitors to our beaches to have a safe and fun time during Spring Break 2020.

Below are some of the frequently asked questions and answers.

Will there be extra patrolling on roads and beaches?

  • Yes, Traffic Safety Section and additional Uniform Patrol Officers will be patrolling the beach.
  • We will also have additional DWI units on patrol.

Beach rules?

  • No dogs on the beach from Access Road 3 to Zahn Road on the North side of Packery Channel.
    • City Ordinance 10-59 (Abbreviated)
      (d) The city manager, or the city manager’s designee, is authorized to prohibit all animals on portions of the beach during specified periods, including, but not limited to, high use periods, such as during spring break, holiday weekends, and special events, and in areas designated as animal free zones.
      (e)The city manager, or the city manager’s designee, is authorized to prohibit animals, which are not on a leash, on portions of the beach during high use periods, such as during spring break, holiday weekends, and special events.
  • No glass bottles.
  • Speed limit is 15 mph and all traffic laws apply on the beach.

Will you be able to build fires and if so where?

  • Yes, but the size will be restricted to 3x3x3.
  • No palettes will be allowed on the beach.

Parking on the beach, will you need special permits?

  • Yes, permits can be purchased at most beach entrances and at convenience stores.

Is drinking alcohol allowed on the beach?

  • Yes, but you must be of legal drinking age.
  • No glass bottles are allowed.

Any road closures?

  • No, but there will be an emergency lane for emergency vehicles.
  • Traffic Section will be directing traffic as required by congestion.

We want everyone to enjoy their Spring Break, but please do it responsibly and safely.

CCPD Impound Lot Auction

03-07-20 CCPD Impound Lot Auction

Corpus Christi City Police Impound Auction

5485 Greenwood Drive Corpus Christi TX 78417

Every 1st Saturday of the Month, rain or shine, AMT Auction Marketing will be conducting the abandoned vehicle auction for the City of Corpus Christi Police Impound

This auction may consist of police impounded autos, trucks, SUV’s, RVs. trailers, motorcycles, boats and personal property

**Inventory is subject to change as releases happen during the month prior to the auction**

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:00 am

Viewing and Pre-Registration: Friday, March 6, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Viewing and Pre-Registration: Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am

AUCTION STARTS at 10:00 am  

Early Registration is highly recommended.

We open at 8:00 am for Registration on Auction Day.

Reverse Alert Program


Reverse Alert

Emergency Alert Program Overview
The City of Corpus Christi and Nueces County have partnered to provide an emergency alert program for citizens.  The system allows officials to alert you depending on the preferences you chose. When signing up residents enter their contact information and subscribe to notifications, they want to receive based on location. The information residents provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.

How It Works
When officials issue a notification about a potential safety hazard or concern, residents will receive a message on the voice or text communication method they have registered. A key feature of the system is the ability to confirm receipt of the alert. If residents opt for the confirmation feature the alert system will continue to attempt to contact through subsequent notification methods until a confirmation is received. This feature is optional.

Sign Up for Notifications
Residents can create an account by adding contact information, location and notification preferences. All information provided will be kept confidential.

Stop Receiving Notifications
Residents can stop receiving alerts or modifying their preferences at any time by removing contact information.

For more information and to sign up for reverse alerts visit the Corpus Christi City web page at


Social Media Awareness

On January 29, 2020, a local Facebook page created several posts stating law enforcement officers were effecting an arrest in the Walmart parking lot at South Padre Island Drive and Greenwood. The post detailed that a heavily armed suspect stole thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise and the store was placed on lock down due to this incident. The post also stated that the offender had been identified as a suspect in other robberies in the area.

This report was highly inaccurate. Erroneous posts such as these only cause fear and panic within the community.

The actual incident was the recovery of an occupied stolen vehicle that occurred earlier in the day. The incident was handled by Texas DPS Troopers.

We encourage our community to follow the Corpus Christi Police Department on our official social media pages for any information on incidents that are occurring in our city.

CCPD Blotter:


Corpus Christi Citizens Police Academy accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Corpus Christi Citizens Police Academy. Classes begin Wednesday, April 1 and will run for 13 weeks. Meetings will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday night.

Participants will learn about the different aspects of the Corpus Christi Police Department and on the first day of class you’ll hear from Chief of Police Mike Markle.

Every Wednesday, a different Police Department division leader will speak to the group. Some of the topics will include a look at the department’s specialized units including SWAT, the Dive Team, and Hostage Negotiation Team. Participants will also go on a Patrol Ride-a-Long and meet the department’s K-9 Officers, who along with their handlers will demonstrate the different training techniques used in narcotics searches and arrests.

The program is a revealing look at the Corpus Christi Police Department and its officers. If you would like to attend, fill out the attached application. This is a law enforcement sensitive class and State Law requires background checks. All applications must be emailed to Senior Officer Chris Lynch at by Friday, March 5.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older. If you have a 16 or 17-year-old that is interested in becoming a police officer, they may attend with an adult if approved.

The application can be downloaded from the Corpus Christi web page at

For more information, contact Senior Officer Chris Lynch at 361-886-2563.

Patch and Badge

Weber homicide suspect arrested


Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019 3:50 am
Location: 5200 Weber
Incident: Murder
Case Number: 1912290035

On Sunday, December 29, 2019 officers were dispatched to the 5200 block of Weber for a shooting with injuries. When the officers arrived, they found the 29-year-old male victim unresponsive and began performing CPR. The victim was transported to the hospital by medics where he eventually succumbed to his injuries.

The Robbery/Homicide Section diligently investigated the case and on Wednesday January 8, 2020 were able to secure a Murder arrest warrant for 19-year-old Khalid Runnels. The Gang Unit immediately began to search for Khalid Runnels and located him at a residence on the 3900 block of Montego. The Gang Unit was able to apprehend Khalid, and he was transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

Khalid Runnels was charged with one count of Murder with a bond set at $250,000.

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DWI Poster

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to remind our community not to drink and drive this holiday season.

Should you decide to consume alcohol we encourage you to drink responsibly and choose one of the following options.

-Stay at home
-Designated driver
-Ride share company
-Taxi cab
-Apollo Towing

During this holiday season there will be additional officers dedicated to stopping suspected intoxicated drivers. Should you see an intoxicated driver be sure to call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 911 or 361-886-2600.

Let’s all do are part to “End the Streak” of fatal crashes on our roads.

Elgin Capital Murder Offender Arrested

Jose Luis Ramirez

Jose Luis Ramirez

On Thursday, December 5, 2019 officers were dispatched to 1200 Elgin in reference to two bodies inside a house. When the officers arrived, they found two deceased adult males inside the residence.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division responded and quickly began to investigate this incident. A suspect was quickly identified and found to have several active warrants for his arrest. The suspect was picked up on Friday December 6th by the United States Marshal Service and the Corpus Christi Gang Unit for three unrelated warrants for his arrest. At the time of his arrest he was additionally charged with Theft of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. The offender, 27-year-old Jose Luis Ramirez, was then transported to the City Detention Center to be booked in for the charges and active warrants.

The Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Detectives continued following up on the Capital Murder case that occurred on 1200 Elgin. On Monday, December 9th the detectives were able to secure a Capital Murder warrant with a $1,000,000.00 bond for Jose Ramirez, he remains at the Nueces County jail.