Category Archives: Community Outreach

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.

Police Memorial Day Ceremony set for May 14

Planning Committee Seeks Relatives of Fallen Officers

CCPD Color Guard
CCPD Color Guard Presents Colors during 2011 Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony

On Monday May 14th, the Corpus Christi Police Department, Nueces County Sheriff’s Office, and the Port of Corpus Christi Police Department will gather to host the sixth annual Regional Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony.  This year’s event once again will be held at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center Outdoor Pavilion, 402 Harbor Drive, Corpus Christi.   The ceremony is a tribute to all Peace Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, specifically recognizing those officers from the Coastal Bend who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their community. Keynote speaker for this year’s Ceremony will be Chief of Police Floyd Simpson. The public is cordially invited to attend.Members of the Peace Officers Memorial Day planning committee are seeking current addresses for family members of the fallen officers so they can be invited and properly recognized during the ceremony.  If you are a family member, or can provide the address for a family member of any of these fallen officers please contact:

 
Executive Assistant to
Chief Floyd Simpson
Teri Barrera
(361) 886-2603
TeriB@cctexas.com
 
Commander Todd Green
(361) 826-2984
ToddG@cctexas.com 
2011 Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott delivers keynote address at 2011 Regional Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony

NUECES COUNTY FALLEN OFFICERS

Corpus Christi City Marshal Elias Mussett Jr.
END OF WATCH: May 6, 1892
 
Corpus Christi Police Officer Luther B. Prather
END OF WATCH: September 14, 1919
 
Corpus Christi Police Officer Joseph L. Moon
END OF WATCH: June 10, 1938
 
Corpus Christi Police Officer Roy N. Smith
END OF WATCH: April 20, 1953
 
Corpus Christi Police Officer John W.  Sartain
END OF WATCH: August 20, 1971
 
Corpus Christi Police Officer Ruben T. Almanza
END OF WATCH: July 27, 1984
 
Corpus Christi Police Officer Joseph D. Bock
END OF WATCH: September 9, 1987
 
Corpus Christi Police Officer Juan R. Prieto
END OF WATCH: February 2, 1993
 
Corpus Christi Police Officer Matthew Thebeau
END OF WATCH: January 20, 2008
 
Corpus Christi Police Officer Stuart J. 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 J. 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 S. Downs J.
END OF WATCH: October 16, 1932
 
Nueces County Sheriff’s Deputy Irvin M. Brown
END OF WATCH: February 13, 1995
 
Nueces County Constable Pct 1 Patrick 2. Freely
END OF WATCH: March 25, 1917
 
Nueces County Constable Pct 1 R.R. Bledsoe
END OF WATCH: July 5, 1925
 
Nueces County Constable Pct 1 Carl M. Bisbee
END OF WATCH: July 6, 1925
 
Nueces County Constable Pct 6 Patrick S. Runyon
END OF WATCH: February 7, 1981
 
 

Police Reports Will Not Be Available Thursday, March 22.

The Corpus Christi Police Department will have some computer maintenance conducted Thursday, March 22, 2012 which will affect the public.

No open records requests will be completed on Thursday as a result of the computer service.  Also, no copies of Police Reports will be given out on Thursday as a result of this maintenance. 

The requests for records and reports will be back to normal on Friday, March 23, 2012 during normal business hours.

The Police Department regrets any inconvenience this may cause and the upgrades are necessary to improve police service to the community.

Spring Break 2012 By The Numbers

Occurred March 9-19, 2012          Spring Break 2012 Statistics

The Corpus Christi Police Department had several goals to promote a safe environment for Spring Breakers in 2012. The Emergency Operations Center was activated to serve as a central communications post for area emergency responders, there was an emphasis on the safe transit of motorists on the roadways, and there was an emphasis on beach safety.

The Corpus Christi Police occupied the Emergency Operations Center to employ the use of the video cameras that view the beach, the roadways, and certain areas of town. The police officers sent twitter and facebook updates about the beach traffic and conditions. The use of the Emergency Operations served as an exercise for regional emergency responders for familiarization and practice to prepare for any large emergent event.

The Corpus Christi Police Department emphasized the safe transit of motorists by providing increased traffic patrol on densely traveled roadways in the city. The Corpus Christi Police issued 867 citations on Padre Island between March 9 and March 19 for this effort. Only 161 citations were issued for speeding. Most of the citations (282) were for an expired vehicle registration or expired inspection. The other citations were:  41 for uninsured motorists, 24 for not having the proof of insurance available, 52 for disregard a barricade, 61 for unlicensed drivers, 4 for driving with a suspended license, 122 Adults without seatbelts, 59 Children without seatbelts, 6 Minors in possession of alcohol, and 1 violation of curfew. There were 7 vehicle crashes reported on the beach and 24 vehicles were taken to the city impound lot.

The police officers patrolled the crowds on the beach and effected arrests only when necessary in the matter of safety. The Corpus Christi police Department recorded 50 arrests on the beach which were:

23 for Public Intoxication;

11 for Possession of Marijuana;

9 for Warrants for arrest;

1 disorderly conduct;

And 6 other arrests.

There were two individuals on two different days for the duration of this Spring Break that arrived at area hospitals for treatment of injuries they said originated on the beach (Case numbers 1203160036; and 1203140008). Police were not made aware of the injuries until the persons revealed themselves at the hospitals for treatment.

The Corpus Christi Police Department provided an added emphasis on safety on the public roadways by an increased effort to apprehend intoxicated drivers. The Corpus Christi Police made 25 arrests city-wide for the time period of March 9 through March 19. There were 19 arrests for a first Driving While Intoxicated offense; 2 arrests for Driving While Intoxicated as a 2nd offense (1 previous conviction for D.W.I.), 1 Driving While Intoxicated as a third offense (at least 2 previous convictions for D.W.I.).  There were 3 drivers arrested for driving intoxicated while under the age of 21.

The Corpus Christi Police Department continues the commitment to work as an equal partner with the community to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime, and enhance public safety.

Chief Simpson Meets the Public

Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson conducted several “Meet and Greet” events this week which included the Black Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March, 16, 2012.

Girl Scout Troop 9631 opened the event with a flag ceremony and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Chief Simpson was introduced by the President of the Corpus Christi Black Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Ann Tryon, on the 6th floor of the City Hall.  The Chair of the Corpus Christi Black Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Geraldine Johnson provided a welcome to the gathering and the Assistant City Manager, Troy Riggs provided opening statements to introduce Chief Simpson.

Mayor Joe Adame watched from the side as Chief Simpson shared comments about the city. “I plan to be here a long time.” Chief Simpson said. “This is not a fly-by-night operation for me. I saw the good progress the city team started in this city and I wanted to get on board before we reached the finish line.”

City Councilman Mark Scott, District 32 State Representative Todd hunter, Nueces County Sheriff JIm Kaelin, Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha, and District 34 State Representative Connie Scott were among those in attendance for Chief Simpson’s welcome by the Chamber.