Category Archives: Community Outreach

9-Month-Old Infant Rescued From Locked Truck

Occurred on 4/12/12, 11:09 am   Child Rescue    2961 Port Avenue     1204120054

A 9-month-old baby was locked in her grandmother’s red 2008 Ford F150 when the keys were accidentally left inside.  The distraught grandmother no longer able to wait for a locksmith requested the Officer to break the window fearing for the baby’s safety.

Officer R. Soliz used his tactical rescue knife to break the window.  The unharmed infant was quickly rescued and back  in grandma’s arms.

The rescue knives were donated by the Corpus Christi Police Academy Alumni to all Patrol Officers and Criminal Investigation Division Detectives and they will also be providing knives to the new Police Academy Cadets graduating Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Selena Auditorium beginning at 2:00 pm.

These tactical knives have proved to be valuable as they have been used to rescue a man locked in his vehicle suffering from a heart attack and cut seatbelts off trapped accident victims as well as saving children from locked vehicles. The rescue knives are used on a daily basis and the Police Department thanks the Corpus Christi Police Academy Alumni who have graciously provided Officers with the tools and equipment needed to make our community safer.

Police Department MetroCom Supervisor Cheryl Daubs encourages anyone with children to be sure to have an additional key, especially with the approaching hot weather.   It only takes a few minutes for the vehicle to get overheated and for a child to be in distress.

The Police Department recommends the following tips to avoid accidental lock-ins:

  • If a child is locked in a car, keep calm and call 911 immediately
  • Keep a spare key in your purse, pocket, or wallet
  • Make sure the vehicle is empty before remote locking
  • Always take children with you
  • The driver should always keep the keys, never leave them in the ignition, give them to the child or place them on a car seat.
  • Never let your child play with the car keys

April 11 Crime Of The Week

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

This week Crime Stoppers is asking for your tips to help investigators solve a brutal sexual assault that occurred recently in an industrial area on the North Side of Corpus Christi.

On Tuesday March 20th, 2012 at around 9:00 pm a Port Police Officer saw a woman stumble from the bushes near Brewster and Sam Rankin Streets. The woman was rushed to the hospital and placed in intensive care with critical injuries.

Corpus Christi Police Department Detectives discovered the woman was sexually assaulted and brutally beaten by her attacker in an area of brush near the road.  Investigators need your help to provide more details to identify the person responsible for this attack.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Don’t allow this violent predator to remain in our area.

If you have any additional information about this violent attack, call Crime Stoppers at 888- TIPS, or log on at 888tips.com. The information you provided could earn you $1000 in cash.

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Tips Lead Detectives to Capital One Bank Robber

 

Arrested on  4/10/12, 11:16 am  Aggravated Robbery   321 John Sartain   1204090064

On 4/9/12, Officers were dispatched to the Capital One Bank located at 4060 Weber Road for a bank robbery.  Bank employees reported a White male with a dirty blond mustache handed the teller a note demanding money.

The teller fearing for her safety handed the robber an undetermined amount of money which included a dye pack.  The suspect fled in a white vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet.

Once the photographs of the suspect were shown on the our local media outlets, callers began calling the Police Department and Crime Stoppers with tips.

Detectives with the Homicide/Robbery Bureau were quickly able to identify the suspect and obtain an arrest warrant.  Officers began to search for William A. Enderle III (08/25/53) and found him in the area of Brawner Parkway and Alameda Street.  He was found to be in possession of numerous bills with red dye on them. 

Enderle was arrested and charged with Robbery and booked at the City Detention Center.  His bond was set at 75,000.

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to thank our Community and the Media in helping Keep Corpus Christi Safe.

911 What’s Your Location!

 

National Public Safety
Telecommunicator’s Week
April 9-13, 2012 
             
                          

 

In 1991, Congress proclaimed the second week of April as a nationally recognized week of recognition for public safety communicators. For the past several years, Public Safety Agencies nationwide have recognized the dedicated men and women who play a pivotal role as telecommunicators, dispatchers, communications operators, and radio control personnel, who support Law Enforcement, Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services and other governmental field personnel.

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to recognize its MetroCom Division this week with a week-long celebration to honor the call-takers and dispatchers for their hard work and dedication. The Corpus Christi Police Officer’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Corpus Christi Fire Fighter’s Association, Navy Army Community Credit Union, Carino’s, and Texas Roadhouse, have also joined in the recognition of these telecommunicators by sponsoring activities and giveaways, along with providing meals throughout the week.

MetroCom’s 80 Dispatchers and Call Takers handled over 600,000 emergency 911 and non-emergency telephone calls last year for the city and county’s Police, Fire and EMS agencies. They also dispatch and coordinate the city’s police patrol officers, fire units and ambulances.

We thank them for the role they play in ensuring effective and efficient emergency response, in times of crisis. Please join us in recognizing our local dispatchers on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers, as the proclamation declaring National Public Safety Dispatcher Week is read.

If you would like to join to join our team of hardworking and dedicated dispatchers, we are currently hiring MetroCom Technicians.  Please visit www.cctexas.com/jobs for more information.

Corpus Christi Police Athletic League Season Opening Ceremony This Saturday

The Corpus Christi Police Athletic League will host a 2012 baseball season opening ceremony Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 10:00am at the PAL Center. This is a public event that everyone is invited to attend. The PAL Center is located at 1802 Buford and is sponsored and operated by the Corpus Christi Police Department.

The ceremony for the 2012 season will feature a presentation of the colors, the National Anthem, an opening prayer, and a presentation of the teams. Anyone interested to participate in the season are encouraged to visit the Police Athletic League website: www.ccpal.org or come by the office at 1802 Buford to fill out a registration form.

CC-PAL is an independent, non-profit corporation that offers young people a viable alternative to the temptations of the street. CC-PAL provides the ideal environment to keep boys and girls active, enthusiastic and busy through a wide array of supervised recreational and educational programs designed to cultivate self-esteem, leadership, and character.

The PAL program is open to all young people in Corpus Christi and the activities are supervised by police officers and other volunteers. PAL is supported by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.

The PAL are excited to announce that they now have 2 more baseball fields located at Agnes/Baldwin for total of 7 fields to play Baseball and/or Softball. The league is growing and getting stronger so if you want your child to participate give them a call at (361) 883-2725.

“A Phone Call Is Not Worth The Risk” Public Service Announcement

The Corpus Christi Police Department shares parents concern about the safety of our children on their way to school. The Texas Transportation Code states that all drivers are prohibited from cell phone use in active school zones unless they use a hands free device. (when signs are posted: Transportation Code section 545.425).

The Corpus Christi Police will hold violators accountable for their actions to reduce the risk of accidents.

While you are in a school zone; drive your car, or talk on the phone, but don’t do both. No phone call is worth the risk.

Town Hall Meeting At Tuloso Midway Primary School

There will be a Town hall meeting Monday, April 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Tuloso-Midway Primary school cafeteria located at 3125 Deer Run.   Representatives from the Corpus Christi Police Department from the Police Narcotics Unit, the Gang Unit, Grafitti Investigations, Auto Theft Task Force and Directed Patrol will be present.

The meeting will focus on residential burglaries to include statistics from the past 6 months in comparison to the previous year’s 6 months. Everyone from the public is invited to attend.

April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Written by Shannon McFarlin

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and a time to focus on a crime that happens almost every two minutes in the United States (that means an average of 207,754 victims a year according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey). The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

Sexual violence is a serious public health problem in the United States. Statistics underestimate the problem because many victims are afraid to tell the police, family, or friends about the violence.

Sexual violence is any sexual activity where consent is not freely given. This includes completed or attempted sex acts that are against the victim’s will or involve a victim who is unable to consent. It also includes abusive sexual contact and non-contact sexual abuse (such as sexual harassment). Child sexual abuse is also considered sexual violence.

This type of violence can be committed by a current or former intimate partner, a family member, a person in position of power or trust, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.

Sexual violence impacts health in many ways and can lead to long-term health and emotional problems. Victims may experience chronic pain, headaches, and sexually transmitted diseases. They are often fearful or anxious, and may have problems trusting others. Anger and stress can lead to eating disorders, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.

Sexual assault is a most intimate crime, and when it happens in our most intimate sanctuaries—our homes—the trauma is devastating and difficult to escape. Healing from sexual violence can only happen on a foundation of safety and safety starts with home

The goal of Corpus Christi Police Department’s Victim Assistance Program is to raise the community’s awareness about sexual violence and to educate our community on how to prevent sexual violence. It is also important to learn how as a community we can be allies to survivors of sexual violence by believing and supporting them.

What can you do to help? For starters, educate yourself on the reality of sexual assault in our society today. Here’s a quick review in order to help:

Definitions:

Sexual assault: Forced sexual intercourse, including vaginal, anal, or oral penetration. Penetration may be by a body part or an object.

Acquaintance assault: Involves coercive sexual activities that occur against a person’s will by means of force, violence, duress, or fear of bodily injury. These sexual activities are imposed upon them by someone they know (a friend, date, acquaintance, etc.).

Incest: Sexual contact between persons who are so closely related that their marriage is illegal (e.g., parents and children, uncles/aunts and nieces/nephews, etc.). This usually takes the form of an older family member sexually abusing a child or adolescent.

Consent: Consent occurs when both partners freely and willingly participate in sexual activities.

The legal definition of rape includes any sexual contact without consent. Consent cannot be legally given, in most states, if a person is:

– Under 17

– Mentally incapacitated

– Drunk or high

– Coerced

– Forced

Additionally, the absence of “no” does not mean “yes.” So, even if a person does not fight back or explicitly say “no,” they still are not necessarily giving consent.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Victim Advocates at the Corpus Christi Police Department:

Shae McFarlin (361) 826-2950           Laura Munoz (361) 886-2851

Sarah DeLeon (361) 826-2952           Debra Garcia (361)  886-2674

New Phoenix Police Chief has Local Ties

The Phoenix Police Department’s newest Police Chief was born and raised in Corpus Christi and hails from a family with a strong tradition in law enforcement. On Monday March 26th, Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos named Daniel V. Garcia as Police Chief for the City of Phoenix.  Daniel V. Garcia is the brother of Corpus Christi Police Department Assistant Chief J.V. Garcia.  The Garcia family tradition of community service doesn’t end there.  Two other brothers are also Texas Police Officers; Luis Garcia is a Detective with the Houston Police Department, while Ruben Garcia is a Detective with the CCPD.

Chief JV Garcia Promotion
Newly appointed Phoenix Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia pins the badge on his brother, CCPD Assistant Chief J.V. Garcia during 2011 Promotions Ceremony

“I think it is fantastic,” said CCPD Assistant Chief Garcia.  ” Daniel is a good cop,  a great supervisor, and even better administrator.   I am confident that he will move the Department in a positive direction.   With a strong work ethic and a commitment to duty, Daniel will quickly demonstrate to the citizens of Phoenix what a good choice they have made.  He is a true professional.”

Chief Garcia Promotion 2011
Newly appointed Phoenix Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia and CCPD Assistant Chief J.V. Garcia at 2011 Promotion Ceremony

Daniel V. Garcia is a 33 year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, and served as an Assistant Police Chief alongside newly appointed Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson.  “Daniel “Danny” Garcia and I have been friends for more years than I can remember,” said Chief Simpson.  “He has always conducted himself in a moral and ethical manner. He is an extremely knowledgeable police practitioner that will serve the City of Phoenix well. On behalf of the men and women of the Corpus Christi Police family I wish Chief Garcia much success.”

The Phoenix Police Department has approximately 3,055 sworn officers and a budget of over $500 million. Garcia will begin his new assignment in May.

http://www.phoenix.gov/news/032612policechief.html

Officers Promoted by Chief Simpson

Occurred March 23, 2012  12:00pm    3122 Leopard    Officers Promotion

Corpus Christi Police Chief, Floyd Simpson, promoted officers Raymond Harrison, Mary Helen Leal, and Jason Rhodes to the rank of Senior Officer Friday.

            

Pictured above: Mary Helen Leal and Chief Simpson;  Jason Rhodes promoted by Chief Simpson       

The officers on the Corpus Christi Police Department must complete 60 months of work experience to apply for promotion. The applicants for promotion must then pass a proficiency examination at city hall in order to advance in grade to the rank of Senior Officer.

Chief Simpson pinned the rank onto the new senior officers in a ceremony with an audience that included City Council At Large David Loeb, State Representative for District 32 Todd Hunter, District 4 Councilperson Chris Adler, and a host of fellow Police Officers.

Chief Simpson gave comments which included the point that he has toured the department and he likes what he has seen. Chief Simpson said the department organization will change in a progressive manner and good officers will be recognized and elevated.

Chief Simpson said he has a priority to outfit the officers with the needed supplies to do the work tasked to them. Chief Simpson said he intends to improve the safety of the work environment for the officers and to the public very quickly in ways which include the placement of road flares and fire extinguishers in the patrol cars.

Chief Simpson answered questions from the audience and then closed by recognizing the accomplishments of the officers that were promoted to the rank of Senior Officer.