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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 chrisl@cctexas.com 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.

https://www.cctexas.com/…/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.

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Vehicle Identification Number stamping

The Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force will be conducting Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) stamping on trailers.

If your trailer is registered and has a VIN assigned but it is not stamped on your trailer, bring it to the Corpus Christi Police Department Impound Lot (5485 Greenwood) on any of the dates listed below. The Auto Theft Task Force will stamp your assigned VIN on your trailer free of charge.

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.

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Rip Current warning

This Memorial Day Weekend the Corpus Christi Police Department wants our community to have fun and be safe. This weekend there is a warning for possible rip currents at the beach.

If you are going out to the beach and plan on swimming be sure to never swim alone and if possible swim where there is a lifeguard on duty.

If you are caught in a rip current don’t fight the current but rather swim parallel to the beach until you are free from the current. If you can’t escape, float or tread water then swim parallel to the shore and then back to the beach. If you need help, call or wave for assistance.

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Community safety alert

On Tuesday May 21st and again on Thursday May 23rd the Corpus Christi Police Department responded to two different locations for reports of a Burglary to a Residence.

In each incident the suspect was described as a Hispanic Male. In one incident the reporting party added that the suspect appeared to be between the ages of 35 to 40 years of age, clean cut with short hair.

These two incidents are very concerning to the Corpus Christi Police Department as the suspect entered the residence while the victims were home, asleep and the suspect entered their bedrooms.

The Corpus Christi Police Department would ask our citizens to be sure to secure their residence at night by locking all your windows and doors.

These are active and ongoing investigations. If you have any information pertaining to these incidents, 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.

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Neighborhood on Watch Program

Neighborhood on Watch is a voluntary program organized by concerned citizens to reduce crime in their immediate communities. Working together with local law enforcement agencies, citizens can learn when and how to report suspicious activities, assist in property identification, conduct home security surveys and implement home security measures and precautions.

Neighborhood Watch meetings offer valuable information that helps neighbors cooperate effectively with one another. It also promotes effective security practices, creates more cognizant neighbors, and enhances the partnership between citizens and law enforcement.

If you are interested in starting your own Neighborhood on Watch program in your community call, Corpus Christi Police Department, Crime Prevention at 361-886-2768.

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Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

The Corpus Christi Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations (Corpus Christi office) and Texas Department of Public Safety (Criminal Investigation Division Corpus Christi office) conducted an online solicitation operation.

The operation which spanned over 5 days targeted individuals who were actively seeking to solicit inappropriate pictures of underage children or in some cases meet with children for the purpose of sexual activity. During the operation the following individuals were apprehended and arrested for the following charges:

Shane Smith Seay 03/12/64
Online Solicitation of a Minor (2nd degree felony)

Lazaro Benito Rocha 12/07/92
Online Solicitation of a Minor (2nd degree felony)
Distribution or Display of Harmful Material to a Minor (A misdemeanor)

*Additional warrants on other offenders related to this operation are forthcoming and those offenders will be arrested at a later date*

The CCPD Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations and Texas Department of Public Safety continually strives to protect the children of the Corpus Christi and surrounding communities from these online predators. The CCPD ICAC unit reminds parents and guardians to be diligent in monitoring their children’s online activities on all their electronic devices.

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CAR SHRINK WRAP SCAM

How the scam works.

You are contacted by an individual via email, text or you find an advertisement about earning money by shrink wrapping your vehicle with an advertisement for a major company.

The suspect tells you that they will send you a check for a couple hundred dollars but when the check arrives it is for several thousand.

The suspect then tells you to deposit the full amount in your account and then wire most of the money to the company that will wrap your vehicle.

Weeks after you wire the money the check bounces and your bank tells you that it was a fake check. Now you are on the hook for the money that you wired, and you must pay back your bank.

How to keep from being a victim.

Trust your gut feeling, if it sounds too good to be true then it is.

If a company or anyone sends you more money than what you are expecting and then they ask you to wire the money back to them or to another person, it is most likely a scam.

Check the internet. You should do your research about the company or the deal that they are offering. A good place to find out about scams is the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, or the Texas Attorney Generals Office.

BBB
https://www.bbb.org/

Federal Trade Commission
https://www.ftc.gov/

Texas Attorney General Office
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/consumer-protection

What to do if you are a victim.

If you are a victim be sure to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department so that a report can be generated to document the crime.

Corpus Christi Police Department
361-886-2600

You can also file a report with the Federal Trade Commission.
https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

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Alternate Routes to Downtown for Buc Days night parade

Here are some recommended routes to the 82nd Annual Buc Days Night Parade on Saturday May 4th.

Be sure to leave early and expect possible delays.

Morgan Ave. / Ocean Dr.
State Highway 286 to Morgan Ave then onto Ocean Dr.

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Baldwin Blvd. / Ayers St. / Ocean Dr.
Take State Highway 286 to Baldwin Blvd then to Ayers St. then onto Ocean Dr.

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Kostoryz / South Staples St. / Louisiana Ave. / Ocean Dr.
Take State Highway 358 to Kostoryz Rd. then to South Staples. Follow South Staples to Louisiana Ave then onto Ocean Dr.

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Weber Rd. / Doddridge St. / Ocean Dr.
Take State Highway 358 to Weber Rd. which turns into Doddridge St. then onto Ocean Dr.

Weber Doddridge

Airline Rd. / Ocean Dr.
Take State Highway 358 to Airline Rd. and then onto Ocean Dr.

Airline to Ocean

Ennis Joslin Rd. / Ocean Dr.
Take State Highway 358 to Ennis Joslin Rd. then onto Ocean Dr.

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