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How to avoid being the victim of a scam

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There are many scams that criminals will use to separate you from your hard-earned money. You have the pigeon drop, romance, arrest warrant, law suit, IRS, and warranty scam, just to name a few. Here are a few tips to avoid being a victim.

-If it sounds to good to be true, it is!
This should go without saying but sometimes it needs to be said.
If you did not play the Nigerian Lotto you can’t win the Nigerian Lotto. That prince that wants to give you some of his fortune is the prince of thieves. Also, you have to apply for Federal grants, the government will not call you to see if you just want some money.

-Do not answer unfamiliar phone numbers or emails.
If you receive a call and do not recognize the number, let it go to voicemail. Do a search of the number in a search engine to see if it is associated with a scam.
For emails never click on attachments from an email that you were not expecting. Malware could be embedded in the attachment which would allow the criminals access to your information.

-Do not give out your financial or personal information.
Never give out this information to anyone that calls you unsolicited. For example, you get a call from “Planet Express” that they have a package for you. They need your name, date of birth and credit card to verify it is yours. You tell yourself “Self, I was not expecting a package from Planet Express” but instead giving them your information, you tell them you will call them back. Do not use the number they give you but rather look up the number yourself so that you know it is the legitimate company. Scammers will just give you their number and you end up talking to them again.

-Using gift / iTunes card to pay a debt.
If a business or anyone asks you to purchase gift cards or iTunes cards, then call them with the numbers be wary. Gift cards are used to purchase goods but should never be used to pay a debt. The IRS does not take iTunes card as payment for outstanding debt.

If you find that you are a victim of a crime be sure to contact us at 911, or the non-emergency number 361-886-2600 to file a report.


8th Annual “Operation Safe Return”

The Corpus Christi Police Department is hosting its 8th annual back-to-school health & safety fair Saturday July 27th 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the American Bank Center 1901 North Shoreline. Operation Safe Return gives every child the opportunity to receive necessary school supplies, obtain valuable safety information and ensure a healthy start to the upcoming school year.

Last year, we welcomed approximately 4,000 attendees with over 100 vendors offering health and safety information. School supply kits were provided to over 3,000 students, as well as 300 sports physicals and vaccines combined.

It is our mission to give every child the opportunity to receive school supplies, obtain valuable safety information and ensure a healthy start to the upcoming school year.  To meet our mission and provide services in our community, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we wouldn’t be able to serve those in our community each year.

You may find our Sponsorship form with incentives that we are offering this year here:

We hope you consider experiencing firsthand the pride we take in supporting our community.  The Corpus Christi Police Athletic League – Operation Safe Return is a Section 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and as such, your gift may be tax-deductible. Remember that every donation makes a difference, regardless of size.

Please make checks payable to Corpus Christi Police Athletic League MEMO: “Operation Safe Return”. Check can be mailed to: Corpus Christi Police Department; Crime Prevention Unit; Attn: Raquel Ramos; 321 John Sartain Street; Corpus Christi, TX 78404.  Checks can also be arranged to be picked up by a uniformed officer for your convenience. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (361) 886-2768.

You can visit the city web page for additional information.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!


corpus Christi police Impound auction

On Saturday, July 6th, 2019 the Corpus Christi Police Impound Lot will be conducting an auction at 10:00 am.

The auction will take place at the Corpus Christi Police Impound Lot located at 5485 Greenwood Dr.

Viewing and Pre-Registration:
Friday July 5th, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Viewing and Pre-Registration:
Saturday July 6th, 2019 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am

The auction will start at 10:00 am on Saturday July 6th.

There will be 110 Cars, Pickups and Motorcycles

To view pictures visit:

For online bidding visit:

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4th of July Traffic plan

On July 4th, 2019 there will be several major events occurring in the Downtown area which is comprised of the  Marina Arts District, North Beach and the Sports, Entertainment, and Arts District (SEA District).

The public should anticipate traffic congestion in these areas and remain alert for traffic pattern changes and road closures. There will be increased pedestrian traffic crossing roadways so you should plan your commute with this in mind.

Marina Arts District and SEA District Traffic

For anyone planning to attend the Big Bang Celebration events in the Marina Arts District and SEA District should prepare for Shoreline Drive roadway closures (Areas marked in Orange) between Park Street and Resaca Street starting July 4th, 2019 at 7:00 am. It will remain closed until after the fireworks. The area north of IH 37 will reopen after the parade. All Shoreline Drive traffic in the closed areas will be diverted to Water Street.

2019 4th July 1Vehicles parking in any of the areas marked no Parking will be impounded starting July 4th, 2019 at 6:00 am.

We encourage anyone attending these events to utilize the Park and Ride, pick up and drop off points will be at City Hall and Water Street between John Sartain and William Street. The Park and Ride will be operating from 11:30 am until close.

The egress after events in this area will be routed based on the area where the vehicle was parked. The goal is to route vehicle traffic in specific directions back to a main highway. By exiting the corridor based on the area you are parked, it will allow for congestion to clear more quickly. Remember that officers at intersections may not let you turn in the direction that you want to go and once on the highway you can get turned around.

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North Beach Traffic

Due to construction, access to North Beach is limited to a single exit at Burleson Street from US 181 North Bound. The Corpus Christi Police Department is anticipating that traffic trying to access North Beach could start to back up onto the Harbor Bridge which will be a hazard to vehicles on this section of roadway. It could become necessary to close the US 181 North Bound Burleson exit (Red Star) to avoid any traffic backup at this location.

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Access to North Beach will still be available by continuing northbound to the next turnaround. The exits from US 181 South Bound will remain open for access to North Beach.

We will leave all exits open as long as possible but anticipate that closures could become necessary after 7:00 pm. Once the exit is closed it will not be reopened until after the fireworks to eliminate risk to officers who will be responsible for closing the exit.

If you are attending one of the events on North Beach we encourage you to come early to avoid the additional drive to access North Beach. Please help us make this a safe event for everyone.

Egress of vehicles after the fireworks will be diverted to leave North Beach based on location. Every vehicle that is South of Burleson (Marked in Green) will be directed toward US 181 Burleson underpass where the vehicles can take the Joe Fulton Corridor which leads out to IH 37 near McKinzie Road or to enter US 181 SB entrance ramp at Burleson Street which will take you South Bound over the Harbor Bridge. Every vehicle that is North of Burleson Street (Marked in Red) will be directed toward US 181 at Beach St where they will have to get onto US 181 North Bound. Anyone routed in the opposite direction of where they are trying to get to can then go to the next open exit and turn around.

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Preparations for 4th of July Festivities

The Corpus Christi Police Department is committed to ensuring that citizens of the city as well as visitors have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July experience.

There will be numerous activities occurring in and around the city to include a parade and fireworks downtown.

During the 4th of July festivities the Corpus Christi Police Department will be directing traffic in the Downtown and Harbor Bridge areas. Be sure to leave early for any events that you may be attending in these areas as there will be congestion.

The Police Department will additionally have designated officers to respond to firework calls and proactively seek out fireworks violations.

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If you have seen an ongoing traffic issue or notice an aggressive driver you may contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at

This email will be received by several different sections within the city so that the issue may be addressed. These sections include Corpus Christi Police Department Uniform Patrol Captains, Traffic Safety Section Lieutenants, and Traffic Engineering at city hall.

To report an aggressive driver be sure to list the following information in the email.

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Description of the vehicle
  • License plate

Aggressive Driving behaviors would include:

  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Abrupt lane changes
  • Distracted driving (cell phone use while driving)lidar

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Stamping rescheduled

The Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force will no longer have date dedicated only to VIN stamping but will continue to offer this service.

If you would like to have your VIN stamped on you trailer, we will offer this service on the same date that we preform 68A’s.

If you have a trailer that you are trying to register, the Auto Theft Task Force performs 68A’s every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Impound Lot from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.VIN Stamping Rescheduled

Free Gun locks available at CCPD

The Corpus Christi Police Department has received a limited amount of locks for your guns.

If you would like to get a lock for your weapon, come to the Main Police Station at 321 John Sartain. When you arrive go to the Property Room on the first floor and ask for your free lock.

The Corpus Christi Police Department encourages our community to secure their weapons and not leave them in their vehicles.

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Applications for the Corpus Christi Citizens Police Academy being accepted

Classes begin Wednesday, August 21 and will run for 13 weeks, meetings will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 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. The group will visit the police shooting range for a safety briefing and officers will assist members who want to shoot a police service pistol and patrol rifle. 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, go to the link below and complete an application. This is a law enforcement sensitive class and State Law requires background checks. All applications must be notarized and emailed to Senior Officer Chris Lynch at by Friday, July 5.

Employee family members may apply. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. For more information, contact Senior Officer Chris Lynch at 361-886-2563.…/become-volunteer-member-ccpd/c-p-a

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Arrest made on Community Safety Alert Case

The Corpus Christi Police Department has arrested a subject involved in a burglary to a residence case. This case involved the suspect entering the residence while the home owner was home asleep.

The Criminal Investigation Division was able to gather evidence, identify a suspect, and a warrant was secured for 32 year old Orlin Geovany Murillo-Veliz for burglary to a residence.

The warrant was given to the Patrol Division who worked tirelessly to locate Orlin Geovany Murillo-Veliz. He was arrested and transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 361-886-2840.

Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online.