Category Archives: Community Outreach

Police Search for Man Who Exposed Himself to 13-Year-Old


Occurred on 5/29/12, 5:40 p.m.   Indecent Exposure   7900 Mitra Parkway  1205290108

Corpus Christi Homicide/Robbery Detectives are asking the public’s assistance in finding a heavy-set White Male who exposed himself to a 13-year-old.  The victim was walking home from Mireles Elementary School when a black Chevrolet Avalanche passed her by.  As the driver passed by a second time, he opened his door and exposed himself to the victim.  The victim ran home and police were called. 

Officers searched extensively for the driver, but were unable to locate him.  He is described as a heavy-set White male, with wavy reddish brownish hair and last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. He was last seen driving a black Chevrolet Avalanche.  Anyone with any information on this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS.  The information could result in a reward up to $1000 in cash.

The Corpus Christi Police Department recommends that you talk to your children about “Stranger Danger.”  Please explain to your child who a stranger is and why they should not talk to strangers or accept rides from them.  Let them know if a stranger does approach them, they need to run and tell an adult.  They will call 911.

If walking to and from a friend’s home make sure they do not walk alone.  Teach them to keep away from vacant fields and any other places that have few people.   If you would like additional information on “Stranger Danger” safety tips please contact CCPD Crime Prevention Advisor Brenda Moreno at 361-886-2568.

Does Your College Student Need a Car? Get A Real Deal at Our Monthly Auction!

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

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, a total of 83 cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be auctioned at the Corpus Christi Police Department new Vehicle Impound Lot located at 5485 Greenwood Drive during our monthly auction. The new site has four paved acres for an auction lot. 

Approximately 12 of these vehicles are “No Insurance” impounds. On Friday, June 1, 2012, 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. on June 2, 2012.   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 issued 5,509 citations and impounded 1,212 vehicles for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility during 2011. During May 2012, Officers issued 326 citations for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility and impounded 73 vehicles for the same charge.

Chief Simpson Announces Promotion, New CCPD Org Structure

Captain Houston
Captain John Houston

Chief Floyd Simpson today announced the promotion of Captain John Houston to the position of Commander, effective Monday May 28th.    Houston fills the vacancy created by the recent promotions of Commanders Mark Schauer and Mike Markle to Assistant Chief, and will join current Commanders Heidi Frese, Santiago Escalante, and Todd Green.   Captain Houston is a 32-year veteran of the CCPD and is currently in charge of the Department’s Training Division.     Captain Houston has extensive experience within the department, serving as a patrol officer, narcotics investigator, and on the DEA task force.  As a supervisor, Captain Houston has served in the Uniform Division as a Field Lieutenant and District Captain, as Uniform Division Executive Officer, as Criminal Investigation Division Executive Officer, and as Narcotics Vice Investigations Division Executive Officer.   He is scheduled to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in June from St. Leo’s University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, one of the country’s most prestigious training schools for Police Managers.  A promotion ceremony will be held at 8:15 AM Tuesday May 29th  in the Chief’s Conference Room at Police Headquarters.

Coinciding with his announcement of Captain Houston’s promotion, Chief Simpson today unveiled the department’s new organizational structure.   As previously outlined by Chief Simpson,  this new organizational structure divides the Department into three separate Bureaus; Operations, Investigations, and Administration, each commanded by an Assistant Chief.  Assistant Chief Jesse Garcia will be in charge of the Operations Bureau, Assistant Chief Mark Schauer will supervise the Administration Bureau, and Assistant Chief Mike Markle will head up the Operations Bureau.  This structure groups units with similar functions and goals under the same command and will ensure that important operations such as recruiting and training will are given the attention they deserve.  The new organizational structure takes effect  Monday June 4th, in order to provide everyone with sufficient time to transition into their new positions.    Effective on that date, Commander Frese will take over the Uniform Division, Commander Escalante will assume command of the Criminal Investigations Division, Commander Green will transition to the Commander of Support Services, and Commander Houston will take charge of the newly created Personnel Development Division.    Chief Simpson stated that he strongly believes this new organizational structure will maximize the talents of the department’s work force, provide for consistent, cohesive leadership, and ensure accountability at all levels of the organization.

Corpus Christi Hooks Raise Funds For Nueces County Fallen Heroes Memorial

The Corpus Christi Hooks played a baseball game on Thursday and provided financial support to the Nueces County Fallen Heroes Memorial. Five dollars of the ticket price was donated to the memorial when anyone purchased a ticket and mentioned the Fallen Heroes Memorial.

The Nueces County Fallen Heroes Memorial is a project that will be located at the Nueces County Courthouse and will take 6 months and $150,000 to complete. The project will be in memorial to first responders and is funded by private donations. The memorial will be on the Leopard side of the building and replace an unutilized water feature. The architecture firm of Turner and Ramirez are in charge of the project.

Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson, Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha and Hooks President Ken Schrum made the announcement May 16, 2012 at Whataburger Field.

Anyone interested to contribute a tax-deductible donation to the memorial may contact the Coastal Bend Community Foundation at 882-9745. For more information on the memorial or corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Commissioner Mike Pusley at 888-0245, Corpus Christi Police Officers Association President Mike Staff at 947-0371 or Corpus Christi Firefighters President Carlos Torres at 814-4468.

   

$15,000 Of Merchandise Taken From Store

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, the Tractor Supply Company located at 3153 U.S. Highway 77 was the target of a burglary in which over $9,000 worth of merchandise was taken.

Nueces County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an alarm call at 6:50 am and discovered damage to the building. Several cash registers, display cases and doors were damaged. Employees discovered many power tools were missing and someone tampered with a security safe.

Several latent prints such as finger prints and muddy shoe prints were collected at the scene.

The Nueces County Sheriff’s Office now needs your help to locate the individuals responsible for this crime.

If you know where to locate those responsible for this burglary call Crime Stoppers at 888- TIPS, or log on at 888tips.com. We want your information, not your name. The information you provide could earn you $1000 in cash.

CCPD Announces Summer Crime Initiative

With what could be another scorching summer season just over the horizon, most of the public looks forward to the end of the school year, summer holidays, sunny days spent at the beach, and long leisurely vacations.  For many police departments across the country, however, the rising temperatures often lead to an increase in violence, property crimes, auto thefts, and traffic accidents.  With that in mind, the Corpus Christi Police Department today announced its first ever Summer Crime Initiative, dubbed “Operation Safe Summer”, a program designed to keep crime numbers from rising along with the thermometer.

Virtually every division of the Corpus Christi Police Department will take part in the initiative. Enlisting the help of several city departments and numerous local law enforcement agencies, the focus of the initiative will be on disrupting any of the three elements of the “crime triangle” ,while at the same time seeking to increase community engagement.

crime triangle
Crime Triangle

Beginning on Friday May 25th, Memorial Day weekend, and ending Labor Day, Monday September 3rd, the Operation Safe Summer will target juvenile crime, burglary, auto burglary, auto theft, graffiti, gang crimes, and traffic safety.  The program relies on the identification of “Hot Spots” of increased crime, identified through timely intelligence and crime analysis, followed immediately by the rapid deployment of all available resources to suppress the crime, and verified by relentless follow-up to ensure the problem has been resolved.

Among the strategies designed to reduce juvenile crime, patrol officers will adopt a zero tolerance policy for curfew violators, while working in close cooperation with the Juvenile Assessment Center. The Narcotics/Vice Division will combat underage drinking by identifying and raiding minor parties, and conduct “stings” to reduce the number of establishments furnishing alcohol to minors.

Auto Theft Task Force Detectives will deploy the “bait” vehicle in those areas identified as having high levels of auto thefts and auto burglaries, while patrol officers will employ saturation patrol and conduct driver license checkpoints in those same areas to deter crime.  Criminal Investigation Detectives, Crime Analysts, and Uniform Officers will work closely together and with Adult Probation and Parole and Juvenile Probation to identify repeat offenders and apprehend absconders.

Gang Unit officers will continue to target the most active gangs and gang members for enhanced enforcement efforts.  Additionally, Gang Unit officers will work alongside Narcotics/Vice Investigators and TABC Enforcement Officers to conduct bar inspections at those locations where gang members congregate.

Traffic Division officers will continue to focus on the Enhanced Traffic Initiative citywide, targeting speeders on the city’s freeway system at all hours of the day.  Additional targets include reducing late night “racing’ on Ocean Drive, increased DWI enforcement, Insurance checkpoints, and participation in the statewide “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

These are just a few of the strategies that officers will employ to ensure that as temperatures go up, crime stats do not rise along with them. Another very key component to “Operation Safe Summer” is increasing community involvement, especially in those neighborhoods traditionally hit hardest by crime.  One of the methods the department will use to gauge attitudes about crime is the use of Community Engagement Forms.  Officers will “fan” out in targeted neighborhoods, asking residents to complete the Community Engagement Form, which asks a simple series of questions about neighborhood crime, code issues, etc.  At the same time, the department hopes to collect phone numbers and e-mail addresses in order to form neighborhood crime watches or to publicize future neighborhood meetings, warn residents of significant crime trends, or offer crime prevention tips.

Citizens are encouraged to follow the CCPD on Twitter, FaceBook, and CCPD Blotter.com.  Emergency notifications such as major traffic wrecks, robberies, weather hazards, road closings, etc. are distributed to the community through Citizen Observer.  Anyone interested in researching the crime trends in their neighborhood can do so by logging onto CrimeReports.com.  Citizens can assist with this Corpus Christi Police Department Initiative by providing crime tips to Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or logging onto www.888TIPS.com. For those with iPhones or smartphones with Android Operating Systems, Crime Stoppers now offers a free TipSubmit mobile phone application. With this app, users can text anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers using their mobile phone.  Of course, in the case of an emergency, citizens should call 911.

The goal of the Summer Crime Initiative is foremost to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime, and enhance public safety, but just as important is to refocus our efforts in addressing overall quality of life issues within our community.  Working together with our local and state partners we can all have an enhanced positive impact not only on crime, but also on a variety of issues that impact our community.

Partner Agencies

—  Texas Department of Public Safety

—  Nueces County Sheriff’s Office

—  Nueces County Community Supervision & Corrections Department

—  Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division

—  Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center

—  Corpus Christi Independent School District Police Department

—  Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission

—  District Attorney’s Office

—  Corpus Christi Juvenile Assessment Center

—  Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department

Road Closures Announced for Beach to Bay Relay Marathon

Source:  Kim Womack, City of Corpus Christi Public Information Director

City Announces Street Closures with Scheduled Weekend Events For Beach To Bay Relay Marathon and Discover Downtown Festival 

The City of Corpus Christi Traffic Engineering office advises residents that beginning on Friday, May 18, 2012 through Saturday, May 19, 2012, various street closures will be implemented for both the Discover Downtown Music and Film Festival and the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon. 

Road closures will begin on Friday, May 18, 2012 through Saturday May 19, 2012.  All motorists traveling south bound Shoreline Boulevard are advised to use Water Street. Detours will be in place on South Bound Shoreline to guide motorist around the road closures. The following streets will be closed to traffic during this time: 

  • South bound Shoreline Boulevard between Kinney Street and Furman Avenue.
  • North bound Shoreline Boulevard between Buford Street and Coopers Alley
  • Kinney Street between south and north bound Shoreline Boulevard.
  • Born Street between Water Street and south bound Shoreline Boulevard.
  • Broadway Court between Water Street and south bound Shoreline Boulevard.
  • Park Avenue between south and north bound Shoreline Boulevard. 

The Beach to Bay Relay Marathon will consist of various lane closures beginning on Saturday, May 19, 2012: 

  • The JFK Bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • East bound Park Road 22 will be reduced to one lane between the JFK Bridge and Access Road 6.
  • Waldron Road will be closed between SH 358 and N.A.S. Drive.
  • Northbound Ocean Drive will be reduced to one lane between Ennis Joslin and Louisiana Avenue.
  • Northbound Ocean Drive will be reduced to two lanes between Louisiana Avenue and Morgan Avenue  

Traffic control devices will guide traffic throughout the event site.  Motorist should expect delays in this area and should seek alternate routes.  Motorists are advised to observe all advanced warning signs and barricading for their safety and that of the event participants.

A barricading contractor will provide access to all commercial and residential driveways during the event.

CCPD Traffic Enforcement Initiative Seeks to Reduce Accidents, Save Lives

If you think you’ve seen an increase in traffic enforcement on the city’s major thoroughfares in the past weeks, your eyes are not deceiving you.  Corpus Christi Police Department Traffic Officers are focusing traffic enforcement in those areas where speeding and other traffic violations have resulted in rising crash numbers.

Following the same Comp Stat philosophy that attempts to identify increased crime trends and patterns and then directs officers to those neighborhoods; the increased traffic enforcement initiative is directing traffic officers to those areas of the city where officers have identified an increased number of accidents, multiple complaints from the public, or just obvious visual evidence of speeding, such as the freeway system.

Newly appointed Chief Simpson became alarmed at the high number of speeders and traffic fatalities soon after taking over.  Just driving around town to familiarize himself with the city, Chief Simpson noticed a high number of drivers obviously exceeding the speed limit, tailgating other drivers, changing lanes without signaling and committing other dangerous traffic infractions-the type of infractions that frequently lead to crashes.  Simpson noted that the 35 traffic fatalities last year far exceeded the city’s total number of homicides.

Crash statistics from the first three months of this year support Chief Simpson’s position.  Compared to the same three-month time period, total crashes are up approximately 7%, from 2224 in 2011 to 2378 in 2012.  Although alcohol related crashes are down 14% from the same time period last year, the percentage of alcohol related traffic fatalities is currently at 37%, up from 29% last year.  DWI arrests, however, show a 15% decrease since last year, from 318 to 270.

Based on these numbers and his own anecdotal evidence, Chief Simpson directed his Traffic Division to come up with a plan to bring the numbers down.  The increased traffic enforcement initiative includes several tactics, including enlisting the assistance of patrol officers to conduct traffic enforcement on their beats for short periods, increased radar enforcement on the freeways during rush hours, and the use of “decoy” cars to slow traffic.  Officers will continue to change tactics to nab speeders until the crash and fatality numbers begin to show a significant, long-term decline.

This is only the beginning of a long-term sustained plan to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and crashes on our city’s streets. Traffic and Patrol Officers have been directed to take a “zero tolerance” approach to speeders and motorists committing moving violations.  The best way to avoid being cited is to simply slow down, watch the speed limit and obey all traffic laws.  The Corpus Christi Police Department reminds you to “Slow Down. The life you save may be your own.”

Police Reach Out For Crime Prevention

Corpus Christi Police Officers under the direction of Police Captain Tim Wilson were at the Sunrise Mall Saturday, May 12, to distribute crime prevention information in anticipation of school dismissal for the summer.

Captain Wilson is responsible for the Bravo District of the Corpus Christi Police Department which is the east portion of the city that includes Padre Island, Flour Bluff, and the area of town between Staples Street and the Oso Bay. Captain Wilson said a crime trend that has his focus are burglaries to residences and to vehicles.

Captain Wilson said 25% of all residential burglaries are through unlocked or open doors. This is often when a homeowner conducts yard work and leaves the garage door open. Captain Wilson suggests to lock windows and doors and keep the garage door closed.

Captain Wilson also recommends that valuables not be left in boats overnight which accounts for many thefts in the Bravo District. Another recommendation is that valuables not be left in a car. Captain Wilson said, “If you plan on leaving your purse in the trunk, take what you need from it and place it in the trunk before leaving home.”

Captain Wilson said Police have discovered thieves watch for valuables in the trunk. Some models of vehicles have an active trunk release when the key is not in the ignition. Everyone is encouraged to evaluate their vehicle for this function and beware that a thief can easily break into the passenger compartment of the car and have access to the trunk.

Captain Wilson identified the majority of the burglaries are committed overnight by juvenile males. The Corpus Christi Police will increase strict enforcement of the city ordinance (CC33-40) that prohibits juveniles age 16 and younger to be in a public place from 11:00pm to 6:00am unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Captain Wilson expressed the importance to observe the night-time curfew.

Captain Wilson promoted Crimereports.com which is a public site that provides a variety of information to include all reported crime in Corpus Christi. The information is updated daily and Captain Wilson said, “Stay informed and beat the criminals!”

2012 Police Memorial Day Ceremony

The 2012 Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony was held Monday, May 14th at 10:30am at the Solomon Ortiz International Center Outdoor Plaza. The Ceremony was hosted by the Corpus Christi Police Department, the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office and the Port of Corpus Christi Police Department and honors all local peace officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson (Pictured above with the Corpus Christi Police honor Guard) was the keynote speaker for the 2012 Sixth Annual Coastal bend Regional Peace Officer’s Memorial Day Ceremony. Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin and Port of Corpus Christi Police Chief H. Archambo delivered testimonials in honor of the officers. City Council Member Chris Adler read the City Council Proclamation that designated May 15 as Police Memorial Day. The Corpus Christi Citizens Police Academy Alumni served a lunch to all who attended the ceremony.

Twenty one Peace Officers were honored for having sacrificed their lives in service for their community. The Officers honored were:

Corpus Christi City Marshal Elias Mussett, End of Watch May 6, 1892;

Corpus Christi Police Officer Luther Prather, End of Watch September 14, 1919;

Corpus Christi Police Officer Joseph Moon, End of Watch June 10, 1938;

Corpus Christi Police Officer Roy Smith, End of Watch April 20, 1953;

Corpus Christi Police Officer John Sartain, End of Watch August 20, 1971;

Corpus Christi Police Officer Ruben Almanza, End of Watch July 27, 1984;

Corpus Christi Police Officer Joseph Bock, End of Watch September 9, 1987;

Corpus Christi Police Officer Juan Prieto, End of Watch February 2, 1993;

Corpus Christi Police Officer Matthew Thebeau, End of Watch January 20, 2008;

Corpus Christi Police Officer Stuart Alexander, End of Watch March 11, 2009;

Port of Corpus Christi Police Officer James Saavedra, End of Watch December 19, 2007;

Nueces County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Nolan, End of Watch August 13, 1860;

Nueces County Sheriff Matthew Nolan, End of Watch December 22, 1864;

Nueces County Sheriff Dennis Kelly, End of Watch June 13, 1870;

Nueces County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Shaw, End of Watch September 1877;

Nueces County Sheriff’s Deputy Alexander Downs Jr., End of Watch October 16, 1932;

Nueces County Sheriff’s Deputy, Lieutenant Irvin Brown, End of Watch February 13, 1995;

Nueces County Constable Patrick Freely (Precinct 1), End of Watch March 25, 1917;

Nueces County Constable’s Deputy R.R. Bledsoe (Precinct 1), End of Watch July 5, 1925;

Nueces County Constable Carl Bisbee (Precinct 1), End of Watch July 6, 1925;

Nueces County Constable’s Deputy Patrick Runyon (Precinct 6), End of Watch February 7, 1981.