All posts by Lt. Michael Pena

Holiday Season Safety

With the holiday season upon us the Corpus Christi Police Department would like to pass on some safety tips.

Lock your cars, take your keys and never leave packages visible in your vehicle.
Try to coordinate delivery of packages so that you are home.
Write down serial numbers to valuable items in your house or of new gifts you receive.
Be sure to lock up your bicycle when you travel around the city.
When using a credit or debit card be sure to cover the pin pad when you enter your personal PIN number.
Monitor your banking accounts for any fraudulent activity.

If you are a victim of a crime be sure to call us at 361-886-2600 or 911.

May all the citizens of our community have a safe and wonderful holiday season.

The Exchange Place (Safe Buying and Selling Locations)

The Corpus Christi Police Department has four locations that are monitored 24 hours a day by cameras for citizens to exchange purchased items.  

The Exchange Place is intended to address safety concerns regarding online purchases from websites such as eBay, Trash to Treasures, Craigslist, classified ads, etc. Exchange locations are a best practice among police departments throughout the state and nation.

La Retama Central Library 805 Comanche Street
Ben F. McDonald Public Library 4044 Greenwood Drive
Owen R. Hopkins Public Library 3202 McKinzie Road
Anita & W.T. Neyland Public Library 1230 Carmel Parkway

The parking lots at the libraries have two designated parking spaces for citizens to exchange merchandise. The locations have 24-hour video surveillance.

As a reminder, for any exchange, remember the following:

Avoid going alone to make an exchange with a stranger. Always bring someone with you.
Avoid giving strangers your personal information, including your address.
Avoid exchanges at night if possible, even in the designated zone.
Avoid remote or out of the way places for exchanges and be careful of persons who insist on secluded locations or exchanges at their home.
Let someone know the time and place of your intended exchange and any information regarding the other person.

Impound lot auction

Saturday, November 7, 2020 @ 10 am – LIVE ONLINE (WEBCAST) AND ON-SITE AUCTION SALE

REGISTRATION:  visit to register and obtain further on-line auction instructions.

VIEWING:  Friday, November 6, 2020 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Only registered bidders will be allowed to view the vehicles.
There will be a limit on how many bidders enter the gates to view vehicles.
No group viewing.
No one under 18 will be allowed.
Face mask / Face Covering required to enter lot.

100 Cars and Pickups

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Homicide Suspect Arrested

The Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigation Division were able to identify 21-year-old Joseph Perez as the offender in the homicide that occurred on October 16, 2020 at the 200 block of Port Avenue.

Detectives secured a warrant for Capital Murder with a bond of $1,000.000.00 and Joseph was located by the Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit on October 18, 2020 at 11:30 pm on Elesa & Mary.

We would like to thank our community for their assistance in locating this wanted offender.

Racing Operation 10-17-20

The Corpus Christi Police Department continues to work to address the racing on Shoreline and Ocean Drive. On October 17th there were two separate traffic stops that resulted in arrests.

At 10:31 pm officers stopped a vehicle for running a stop sign at Shoreline and Resaca then drove left of center. The 21 year-old driver was arrested for Reckless Driving and Child Endangerment due to a small child being in the vehicle during the reckless driving. During the arrest the officers found a handgun and the driver was additionally charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm.

At 1:15 am officers attempted to stop a vehicle that was traveling at a high rate of speed on the 700 block of Shoreline. The 34 year-old driver initially failed to stop for the officers after they activated the emergency lights. Upon stopping the driver was arrested for Eluding Police and Reckless Driving.

Corpus Christi Impound Lot Auction

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Registration: Visit to register & obtain further on-line auction instructions.
Viewing: Friday, October 2, 2020 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Only registered bidders will be allowed to view the vehicles
There will be a limit on how many bidders enter the gates to view vehicles.
No group viewing.
No one under 18 will be allowed.
Face mask / Face Covering required to enter lot.

102 Cars and Pickups

To view pictures visit:

What is a CLEAR Alert?


Most everyone has heard of an AMBER Alert but the new CLEAR Alert is not as well known. Here is some information straight from the Texas Department of Public Safety web page.


The state’s Coordinated Law Enforcement Adult Rescue (CLEAR) Alert program, created by 2019 Texas legislation, is designed to close the gap between missing children and senior citizens. The CLEAR alert assists law enforcement in locating and rescuing missing, kidnapped or abducted adults or adults who are in immediate danger of injury or death, as well as aid in locating any potential suspects. The name of the CLEAR Alert also in part honors victims of violence which led to the CLEAR Alert legislation: Cayley Mandadi; D’Lisa Kelley; Erin Castro; Ashanti Billie and the Rest.

The below represents CLEAR Alert criteria for the state’s network:

  • Is the individual 18 to 64 years of age, whose whereabouts are unknown?
  • Has a preliminary investigation verified the adult is in imminent danger of bodily injury or death or is the disappearance involuntary such as an abduction or kidnapping?
  • Is the clear alert request within 72 hours of the individual’s disappearance?
  • Is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public to help locate the individual, a suspect, or the vehicle used in the incident?

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

Rally Participation

In recent weeks citizens have held rallies in our community for varying causes. We want to encourage those that wish to attend one of these rallies, to please re-consider.  Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Nueces County, our greatest concern right now is for the health and safety of our community members as well as our officers.

We understand that peaceful protests and rallies are held with the intention of improving our community and our connection to each other. We suggest that this can be accomplished from the safety of your home, rather than potentially causing harm, illness or greater loss within our community.

As always, we thank you for your continued support.

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Passing of Mike Gillis

It is with deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of John Mike Gillis.

Mike Gillis was a valued member of our community and had served as the Director of Animal Care Services since May 7, 2018. During his time as Director of Animal Care Services Mike brought a wealth of experience and progressive changes to the department.

Prior to working with the City of Corpus Christi Mike had worked with Austin Animal Center, L-3 Communications, and Aethercomm.

Mike Gillis was a Veteran of the Armed Forces and served with the United State Marine Corps from 1978 to 1998, retiring as a Warrant Officer.

Mike Gillis will be sorely missed by all that knew him. May God bless Mike and his family.

Gillis, Mike

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