Category Archives: Community Outreach

Police Academy Cadets Visit La Palmera Mall for Communication Exercise

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s Police Academy Cadets will be conducting an interactive training exercise at La Palmera Mall on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

The Cadets who are currently learning communication and problem solving will be practicing their communications techniques.  The Cadets are being taught how both good and bad communication can affect their relationships with the community.  

They will be contacting mall visitors and conduct a survey in which they will introduce themselves as future police officers.  Training Coordinator Denise Pace states they will be asking such questions as, “What characteristics do you believe makes a good officer?” and “What would you like to see from me as a new officer who swears to serve and protect you and our city?” 

Pace believes this exercise will allow the cadets to enhance their communication skills and allow them to have a better relationship with the public once they have graduated from the police academy.

Third Annual Police Awards Banquet to be held on Board USS Lexington

Senior Officer Phil Bintliff receives Life Saving Award during 2011 Awards Banquet

The third annual Corpus Christi Police Department Awards Banquet will be held Thursday January 26th on board the USS Lexington.     Interim Police Chief Richard Badaracco will present the 2011 Officer of the Year, Civilian Employee of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year Awards; LifeSaving and Certificate of Merit Awards will also be presented to those officers and civilians who distinguished themselves during 2011.

This year’s Awards Banquet and fundraiser is once again being sponsored by the Citizens in Support of the Corpus Christi Police Department, often referred to as the Police Foundation. The event is open to the public with tickets on sale for $25.00 and tables for $250. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact:

Joann Garcia in Central Records a 361-886-2704 or Mike Teeter at 361-886-2734

Corpus Christi Auto Theft Task Force 2011 Holiday Sucess

Corpus Christi Auto Theft Task Force reports a decrease in auto theft and auto burglaries for the holiday season.

The Corpus Christi Auto Theft Task Force reports a reduction in this year’s holiday season.  For the time period between Black Friday and Christmas day, a time when citizens are out shopping the most, auto thefts were down 29% and auto burglaries down 21% when compared to the same time last year.  The Auto Theft Task Force has been visiting with the community at various different outlets to promote auto theft and auto burglary awareness.  “We believe the citizens of Corpus Christi are becoming aware of the problems we have been experiencing with the auto thieves in our area.  Citizens are taking a proactive approach to protect their belongings” said Kelly Isaacks, Lieutenant over the Auto Theft Task Force, “We hope that citizens continue on this trend to help fight these auto crimes”.

 Auto Theft Holiday Comparisons (Black Friday – Christmas Day)

November 25 – Dec 25, 2010:  45 UUMVs

November 25 – Dec 25, 2011:  32 UUMVs

2010 / 2011 Percentage Change:  -29%

Modus Operandi Analysis

2010 M.O. Category 1 – Offender Had Access to Vehicle:  9 (20%)

2011 M.O. Category 1 – Offender Had Access to Vehicle:  8 (25%)

2010 M.O. Category 2 – Victim Left Keys in Vehicle:  6 (13%)

2011 M.O. Category 2 – Victim Left Keys in Vehicle:  8 (25%)

2010 M.O. Category 3 – Victim Left Vehicle Unlocked:  2 (4%)

2011 M.O. Category 3 – Victim Left Vehicle Unlocked:  0 (0%)

2010 M.O. Category 4 – Standard UUMV (Entry Method Unknown):  21 (47%)

2011 M.O. Category 4 – Standard UUMV (Entry Method Unknown):  9 (28%)

2010 M.O. Category 5 – Aggravated Assault / Car Jacking: 0 (0%)

2011 M.O. Category 5 – Aggravated Assault / Car Jacking: 1 (3%)

Top Targeted Vehicles

   2010                                        2011

Ford F-150                               Ford F-250

Chevy Impala                          GM Sierra

Chevy Silverado                      Dodge Ram 1500

Top Zip Codes

  2010                                        2011

78415                                      78415

78412                                      78411

78405                                      78413

78413                                      78401

78404                                      78412

Auto Burglary Holiday Comparisons (Black Friday – Christmas Day)

November 25 – Dec 25, 2010:  333 Auto Burgs

November 25 – Dec 25, 2011:  264 Auto Burgs

2010 / 2011 Percentage Change:  -21%

Modus Operandi Analysis

2010 M.O. Category 1 – Window Smashed / Broken / Forced:  88 (26%)

2011 M.O. Category 1 – Window Smashed / Broken / Forced:  50 (19%)

2010 M.O. Category 2 – Victim Left Vehicle Unlocked:  126 (38%)

2011 M.O. Category 2 – Victim Left Vehicle Unlocked:  92 (36%)

2010 M.O. Category 3 – Vehicle Locked Punched / Jimmied:  54 (16%)

2011 M.O. Category 3 – Vehicle Locked Punched / Jimmied:  40 (15%)

2010 M.O. Category 4 –Entry Method Unknown:  65 (20%)

2011 M.O. Category 4 –Entry Method Unknown:  78 (30%)

Top Targeted Vehicles

   2010                                        2011

Ford F-150                               Ford F-150

Ford F-250                               Ford Ranger

Dodge Ram 1500                     Chevy Suburban

Top Zip Code

 2010                                        2011

78411                                      78412

78413                                      78404

78414                                      78411

78412                                      78413

78415                                      78415

Police Explorers Will Hold Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser This Saturday

 This Sunday, January 8th, the Corpus Christi Police Department Explorers will hold a Waffle Breakfast at the Corpus Christi Police Officers’ Association, 3122 Leopard Street.

Tickets can be purchased on site for $6.00 and serving times are from 9 am – noon.  All proceeds will go to Explorer Post #133 and will be used to help pay for law enforcement competitions and equipment costs.

Start the New Year Right, Join Us for the Vehicle Auction Saturday

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

On Saturday, January 7, 2012, a total of 83 cars will be auctioned at the Corpus Christi Police Department Vehicle Impound Lot located at 2600 Holly Road during our monthly auction. Approximately 23 of these vehicles are “No Insurance” impounds. On Friday, January 6, 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. 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 5,461 citations for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility since January 1, 2011.

MetroCom Training Academy Graduation

Today the Corpus Christi Police Department MetroCom Division graduated 11 very capable and energetic Public Safety dispatchers to their ranks.

The MetroCom Training Academy was a six-week classroom academy which started in late November.

It consisted of a Telecommunications Certification Course, Call Takers Training, TCIC/NCIC Training and Certification, Basic Dispatching skills using our computer aided dispatch system – Intergraph, City Geography, and Police Codes.

Public Safety dispatchers receive calls from individuals who need assistance from Firefighters, Police Officers, and Emergency Medical Services. Once information is obtained from the caller, these dispatchers activate the services necessary to respond to the nature of the call for help.

Dispatchers are an integral part of our organization’s success. Essentially, the dispatcher is the “Conductor” of the force, and is responsible for the direction of all units within it 24-hours 7 days a week.

Congratulation and we welcome you to the Corpus Christi Police Deparment,

Miranda Alvarado

Charles Hoepner

Carrie Knecht

Veronica Martinez

Marilyn Moreno

Christal Nolte

Erica Ochoa

Amanda Prado

Caitlin Robinson

Kathleen Sasara

Amanda Uhlig

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.