The Corpus Christi Police Department has a special patrol unit on the beach this year in an effort to provide additional safety for visitors this summer.
The Beach Patrol unit is staffed by Officer Eric Garza and Officer Eric Smith. Both officers are certified lifeguards and previously worked on the beach for the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department before they joined the Police Department. Officers Garza and Smith ride in a police vehicle equipped with first aid supplies and rescue equipment which are provided by the beach director, Derek Herzog. Officers Smith and Garza have a special uniform they wear while on duty on the beach which was also provided by the Parks Department.
The duties for Officers Garza and Smith primarily are city ordinance enforcement as it relates to beach safety such as glass containers, fires, unleashed dogs, and traffic enforcement on the beach. The special detail began May 21 and will operate until Labor Day. Officers Garza and Smith will return to normal patrol duty after September 3.
Officers Garza and Smith have participated in the rescue efforts of 3 near drowning events, helped an overturned kayaker in the Packary Channel, helped to locate a missing 5 year old girl on the beach, assisted Ambulance crews with a heart attack patient, and helped with an overturned boater near Beach Marker 199 all since they began the Beach Patrol May 21.
Officers Garza and Smith have been employed with the Corpus Christi Police Department for less than 5 years. The beach patrol is one of many components of the Corpus Christi Police Department other than routine patrol. For those interested in employment with the Corpus Christi Police Department, applications will soon be accepted in anticipation for the police academy scheduled for early 2013.
The base salary for a police cadet as of March 2012 is $3,213 per month. A probationary police officer has a base salary of $45,912 per year. The Corpus Christi Police Officer with less than 5 years on the department has a salary that ranges from $45,912-$54,696 per year.
Anyone interested to review the complete list of requirements and information about a career with the Corpus Christi Police Department should visit www.ccpolice.com Any interested person should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to express interest in employment with the Corpus Christi Police Department. Applications are completed on line only when applications are being accepted. Any interested person that sends an email to the recruiter will be notified when applications are being accepted.
Occurred on 6/7/12, 01:27 am Burglary of a Business 11133 Leopard 1206070013
Officers responded to the Walgreens in Annaville for an alarm call which advised Officers there were two suspects involved, one suspect in the store and a lookout standing outside the pharmacy. Officers rushed to the Walgreens, arriving within minutes, but the suspects were already gone. The suspects shattered the drive-thru window with an ax and gained entry into the pharmacy area of the store. Video surveillance shows two suspects with dark clothing being choosy in the pills taken. It is believed over 1,700 pills of Hydrocodone was taken in the burglary.
During a recent Corpus Christi Against Loss meeting, loss prevention officers and local business owners were informed of the Walgreens pharmaceutical burglaries throughout the state. Officers had also received an alert of the pharmacy burglaries and were being watchful of local pharmaceutical businesses on their beats. It is unknown at this time if there is any connection to the other Walgreens burglaries.
Corpus Christi Against Loss was formed to discuss and disseminate trends amongst thieves and burglars targeting their businesses in an effort to reduce or prevent the amount of losses due to credit fraud, employee theft, embezzlement, burglary, and shoplifting. If you are a local loss prevention officer or own your business and would like to become a member of Corpus Christi Against Loss please contact Crime Prevention Advisor Brenda Moreno at 361-886-2568.
Anyone with any information on this crime is encouraged to call Crimes Stoppers at 888-TIPS or log on to www.888TIPS.com. Tips that lead to the arrest of suspects, as well as the recovery of stolen property and drugs, are eligible for cash rewards up to $1,000. Go mobile with us, visit our website and download your iPhone or Android app.
This week Detectives need your help to identify and locate the individual responsible for a Theft at the Beach Breeze Townhomes located on Windward Drive on Padre Island.
The night of Wednesday, May 16, 2012, a man woke to his dogs barks. The man investigated and discovered the external unit to his central air conditioner unit was damaged. The man also saw that his neighbor’s external air conditioner unit was missing.
The value of the damage and the cost of a new external air conditioner unit is estimated at about $5,000.
If you know, who is responsible for this Theft or have additional information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at 888tips.com the information you provided could earn you $1000 in cash.
The crime of the week is featured by the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers and can be found on the website www.888TIPS.com.
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.
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.
Approximately12 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.