Category Archives: Community Outreach

1,000 Packages of Fireworks Destroyed Due to Combined Efforts of CCPD and CCFD

 

 

 

 

 

Once again the Corpus Christi Fire Department  and Police Department teamed up patrolling the streets of Corpus Christi enforcing the City’s Fireworks Ordinance which bans fireworks within the city.

Fire officials received 357 citizen reports concerning fireworks in an 8 hour period (4:00PM – 12:00AM).  Fire Inspectors responded to many of these calls which allowed emergency crews to remain available and to respond for real emergencies in their districts.

Police and Fire Department officials issued approximately 50 citations to violators during the dates of December 28, 2011 through January 1, 2012.  The Corpus Christi Police Department destroyed over 1000 packages of confiscated fire works.

Both the CCFD and CCPD wants the public to remember that even though the holiday season is over the ban on fireworks remains in effect year round.

D.W.I. Numbers For 2011 and the New Year’s Weekend Released

The Corpus Christi Police Department New Year’s Enforcement campaign which began December 30, 2011 and ended January 2, 2012 yielded 18 D.W.I. arrests.  The Police Department had 15 D.W.I. arrests for the same time period during  last New Year’s weekend.

The arrests include offenses such as DWI, Driving with a Child Passenger, DWI with Two or More Prior Offenses, along with Intoxicated Assault, or Manslaughter.  A total of 900 individuals were arrested for DWI related offenses in 2011, while there were 979 arrests for the same DWI related offense in 2010.

Dan Stiefel, the owner of Green N Go Cab and Super Yellow Cab reported 226 free rides were provided this year, an increase from 176 free rides in 2010. 

Jerry D. Pogue, Operations Manager with Apollo Towing  Service and Easy Rider Wrecker reported seven vehicles were towed home free of charge.

CCPD Upgrades Parking Enforcement & Will Launch New Civil Court System on January 3, 2012

After 16 months of research and design, the Corpus Christi Police Department will soon launch the 2nd phase of the Parking Control unit upgrades. In the ongoing first phase, parking meter rates were increased and technology-based parking meters replaced 35-50 year old mechanical meters. Soon the new credit card meters will be installed.  The new meters are projected to pay for themselves within a 12 month period, due to increased efficiency and added payment options. Within three years, 40% of the gross revenue will go into a revitalization project for downtown, uptown and Corpus Christi Beach. 

Phase Two addresses the enforcement, citation and adjudication process. The majority of parking violations will be issued on electronic ticket-writers; used by cities nationwide. The new electronic citations will look similar to the hand-written version, but will be inserted into one of two multi-colored envelopes designating the court of jurisdiction, then placed under the windshield wiper of the violator’s vehicle. 

The savings created by the electronic ticket-writers and additional revenue generated by their efficiency is noteworthy. The 20,000+ parking citations (including disabled parking violations) generated annually by hand-written citations require one to two employees just to enter them into the system. 

Studies have shown that in the best of systems only 80% of hand-written citations are entered; cities with electronic ticket writers see 99% of tickets processed and entered. This provides for a significant increase in revenue. 

The launch of the new Office of Administrative Hearings (civil court) further reduces the city’s operational cost of adjudicating parking citations, increases efficiency of collecting those debts generated by violators, and offers numerous simplified payment options. 

Corpus Christi joins the majority of cities nationwide in decriminalizing most parking citations to civil violations, much like the Red Light Camera violations. Some parking offenses, however, such as disabled parking, fire lanes, blocking sidewalks and blocking fire hydrants remain criminal violations by state statutes. 

The staffing and operational costs of civil courts are much lower than traditional courts and the simplified adjudication process and payment options help reduce the tension in violators. 

The new Corpus Christi system is state-of-the-art technology, fully automated and virtually paperless. Where the criminal adjudication system currently only allows only for payments by mail or paying in person, the new civil system provides violators with multiple payment options. Violators can now pay online, pay by phone, pay by mail and pay in-person. Beginning in February, violators will be able to pay-by-smart phone, and beginning in March payments can be made at an electronic kiosk located in the court lobby. 

Violators who wish to challenge parking citations can simply walk into the civil court weekdays between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm and have the case heard by a Hearing Officer in minutes. 

This project includes partnering the city with Brazos Technologies and Duncan Solutions. “Our adjudication system with Duncan Solutions includes a web-based management software along with the outsourcing of the citation, payment, collection and accounting processing, with a professionally manned call center operating Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm” states City Parking Control Supervisor Marc Denson. “This allows for exceptional customer service and significantly reduced operational costs.

 The partnership with Brazos Technologies improves systems integrity and accountability, while providing for the automated uploading of citations consistently throughout the day and automatically fed into the court software system. No more standing in long lines at the counter or waiting days for the citation to get in the system.” 

Denson adds, “Let’s face it, none of us like getting a ticket, but exceptional customer service, the speed and efficiency of the system and simplified payment options should take some of the sting out of the process.

C.C. PAL Participant’s Annual Christmas Banquet

The Corpus Christi Police Athletic League, or C.C. PAL, is hosting its annual Christmas Banquet.  Tonight’s dinner honors the boys and girls who take part C.C. PAL’s different programs.

The holiday gathering which is expected to serve 500 kids and their parents, volunteers and police officers, begins at 6:00 p.m. at Gulf Coast Racing, 5302 Leopard.  The event will include a free smoked turkey dinner with all the trimmings, live music and a visit from Santa Claus.  Each child will receive a gift.  The event is being made possible through donations.

C.C. PAL currently serves 2,600 local children, from ages three to 18 years old.  It offers different educational programs and sports activities for at-risk youth.   C.C. PAL is funded through grants and donations and its largest contributor is Valero Energy Corporation.  Earlier this year, the program received $81,000 from a refinery dove hunt and $14,000 from a company golf tournament.

For more information contact Senior Officer Jose Olivares at (361) 876-8116, Senior Officer David Morris at (361) 883-2725 or (361) 883-2725.

 

CCPD Benefits from Eagle Scout Project

On Saturday December the 10, 2011 Boy Scout Reece Bowers, from Boy Scout Troop 87, came one step closer to obtaining his Eagle Scout rank. Reece has been involved in scouting for 10 years.

His project for such a distinguished honor was to provide the Corpus Christi Police Department, as well as every sub-station, with a set of indoor ceremonial flags. He also provided several benches for the outdoor shooting range.

Reece raised the needed funds by holding several car wash events in order to make the purchases. He, along with a couple of his troop members, made the presentation during a Flag Presentation Ceremony at the Police Main Station Headquarters.

The Officers and staff of C.C.P.D. would like to thank Reece for his efforts and consideration to our department.

70th Police Academy to assist in “Shop with a Cop”.

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s Training Division will be sending 18 cadets from the 70th Police Academy to assist with the 14th Annual “Shop with a Cop” program tomorrow, December 8, 2011.

Trisha Dang, the instructor for the morning and the Police Department’s legal advisor, made the decision to forgo class in the spirit of Christmas and send the cadets to help out with “Shop with a Cop”. This decision was not made lightly as the cadet’s academic success is paramount for their completion of the academy. Ms. Dang and the cadets worked very hard to get ahead in their lesson plan so they could take the morning off from their studies to help give the children in the community a nice Christmas surprise.

The cadets from the 70th Police Academy will meet tomorrow with other local law enforcement officers at the Wal-Mart in Flour Bluff at 8:45am.

40th Session Citizens Police Academy Graduation

The Corpus Christi Police Department proudly graduated the 40th Session of its Citizens Police Academy on Tuesday December 6, 2011.

The Citizens Police Academy is an eleven week program designed to educate citizens about their police department and the officers who swear to protect  and serve them. The first Citizens Police Academy graduated in 1988 and 23 years later it is still going strong. 

The Citizens Police Academy covers topics such as the police academy, recruiting, backgrounds, internal affairs, the criminal investigation division, uniform patrol, and vice and narcotics. Class members were also presented with an intense class on police stress, which helped them better understand the issues officers and their families must face in the law enforcement occupation.

The graduates signed up for a “tour of duty” and rode with an officer for a shift, to experience first hand the types of calls for service our police department handles on a daily basis.

The  academy culminated with crime scenes, where class members were placed in several different scenarios, and asked to respond as an officer would in the field .

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s goal is to develop a partnership with the citizens of Corpus Christi to work together to reduce crime and the fear of crime in the community we share.

The CCPD congratulates the newest members of the Citizens Police Academy

Congratulations graduates!!

Want A Car for Christmas?? Join Us For Our Monthly Auto Auction!!

The C.C.P.D.’s commitment to “Keep Corpus Christi Safe” has continued with its “Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative”.  

On Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, a total of 75 cars and 2 motorcycles will be auctioned at the Corpus Christi Police Department Vehicle Impound Lot located at 2600 Holly Road during our monthly auction. Approximately 10 of these vehicles are “No Insurance” impounds. On Friday, December 2nd, 2011, the general public will be allowed to register and view the vehicles to be auctioned from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no registration fee.

On the day of the auction, the general public can continue to register and view the vehicles from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The auction will commence promptly at 10:00 a.m. The vehicles to be auctioned can be viewed at www.siskauction.com. An auction list may also be downloaded from the same website.

The department’s strong stand and enforcement of this “Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative” will continue and all vehicles involved in accidents will be impounded and the driver cited if they are unable to provide financial proof of insurance. Driver’s license and proof of financial responsibility checkpoints will continue to be conducted at the Shift Captains’ authorization.

Officers have issued 4,943 citations for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility since January 1, 2011.

Holiday Enforcement Safety Plan 2011

Corpus Christi Police Department Holiday Season Safety Plan 2011 

The Corpus Christi Police Department has finalized it 2011 Holiday Season Safety Plan. During the additional enforcement initiative, which begins November 25th and will continue through December 30th, 2011, Officers from several divisions will combine resources to ensure that our citizens enjoy a safe and crime-free holiday season.  This year’s plan provides for increased traffic with enhanced DWI enforcement throughout the city.

As many as 24 additional Officers from the Uniform Division, Traffic Safety Division, Narcotics – Vice, the Auto Theft Task Force and the Criminal Investigation Division will redirect their enforcement efforts on the busiest shopping areas in town.  Among the areas targeted for increased patrol are:

  • La Palmera Mall
  • Moore Plaza
  • Sunrise Mall
  • The Promenade
  • Gulf Way Shopping Center
  • Saratoga Town Center
  • Island Gate Plaza
  • Other busy shopping areas and restaurants along S.P.I.D.

Increased Enforcement

Each day, this assignment will have Officers to supplement the normal contingent of patrol officers who work these areas.  Officers will stagger their work days to ensure adequate coverage seven days a week, with the heaviest concentration of Officers reporting on the weekends.  Shoplifting, auto burglary, auto theft, purse snatching, and robbery are the most common offenses committed by lawbreakers who take advantage of “on the go” and sometimes distracted holiday shoppers.

Officers will be conducting frequent high visibility patrol through the parking lots and be on the lookout for criminals who might choose to prey upon busy shoppers.

Five plain clothes Detectives from the Auto Theft Task Force will also randomly patrol the parking lots and busy shopping areas, attempting to spot crimes in progress.

In addition to patrolling the parking lots, Auto Theft Force Officers will also employ a patrol car equipped with an automated license plate reader.  This vehicle automatically reads thousands of license plates per hour and alerts the Officer whenever a stolen vehicle is encountered.

Traffic Control

Throughout the holiday shopping season, Traffic Officers will direct their efforts toward ensuring a safe and smooth flow of traffic into and out of the malls and other busy shopping areas.

Beginning Friday, November 25th, a minimum of eight Traffic Officers, including four Motorcycle Officers, will be assigned to provide traffic control and enforcement at the major intersections along S.P.I.D., as well as the entrances and exits to the malls and major shopping centers.

Parking Enforcement will put two Officers out to enforce disabled parking throughout the city and will assist uniformed officers in keeping watch for suspicious subjects and events.

DWI Enforcement

Two grants will allow the Department to put additional Officers on the street to focus on DWI enforcement; the STEP grant reimburses overtime costs to hire an additional three Officers Wednesday through Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

In addition to the overtime Officers, the Southside District has committed to assigning two Officers each night to DWI patrol between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

During the Holiday shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, six Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety will be assigned to assist CCPD officers using State DWI grant monies to increase DWI enforcement. This will be coupled with the District Attorney’s Office to sponsor no-refusal weekends.

Citizens in Support of CCPD graciously funded the posters that are around town and in stores urging people to think before getting behind the wheel drunk during the holidays.

The Holiday Initiative patrols are a continued effort for the  Corpus Christi Police Department to work as an equal partner with the community to reduce crime, the fear of crime and to enhance public safety.

The Crime Prevention Division of the Corpus Christi Police Department would like to include the following safety tips :

Holiday Safety Tips 

During this holiday season, it’s important to be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.  It’s a perfect opportunity for criminals to commit their crimes. Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind for a safe and happy holiday season.

  • Park in well-lighted spaces and as close to the store as possible, lock your car doors, and hide packages in the trunk or under seats.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card if possible.
  • Carry your purse tightly and closely to your body.  Do not carry it by the straps as thieves can easily snatch the purse.
  • Put wallets inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Do not carry excessive packages while shopping. Place them in the trunk or take them home.
  • Teach your children to look for a police officer or contact a store security guard in the event they become lost or separated.
  • Be aware of suspicious strangers approaching you this holiday season. These are con-artists who are planning to distract you with the intention of taking your money and belongings.
  • Be aware of individuals attempting to sell you items in parking lots.  These items may be stolen goods.
  • For online shopping, only shop with companies you know.
  • Always keep your password private and stray away from using social security numbers or birthdates.

Citizen Alert on Online Bank Phishing Scams

The Corpus Christi Police Department has been made aware that several banks were a target of online phishing scams where their customers were contacted by email. The scam went on to ask customers to login to an attached website address, that was not an official bank site. While these types of emails go out on a daily basis, according to FraudWatch International.com, 14 different banks were mentioned on November 8, 2011.

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to remind citizens to check with their banks directly before giving any information on an online email or follow a request to change usernames and passwords. While many of the emails look legitimate by adding the bank official logos they simply redirect customers to third-party websites in other countries.

Here are few tips to follow regarding online banking:

1. Use https when logging into banking and credit card sites, utilizing a “secure” connection.

2. Don’t be fooled by emails. If you are asked to “reply” to a bank the best option is to pick up a phone and speak to someone directly.

3. Don’t be fooled by fake log in screens. Verify that the page you are on is actually the page of the banking institution that you do business with.

4. Reset your passwords often and make them tough to guess.

If you have received an email, that you believe may be a phishing scam, please contact your bank provider. Most bank websites have email addresses set up to contact them of phishing scams.

SAMPLE WORDING ON PHISHING  and FAKE BANK EMAILS

This is your online banking after verification processing was completed on 11/08/2011.

There are numbers of invalid attempts on your online banking:

This has placed an extra verification on your account .

Subsequent login attempt may have put your account on restrictions .

Please click here (which leads you to a third party site) to continue the verification process and ensure your account security.