Category Archives: Community Outreach

Cats’ Yowls Foil Burglar

Occurred on 6/22/12, 12:54 am  Burglary of a Habitation  520 S. Carancahua  1206220012 

A homeowner washing dishes heard her cats “going crazy” on her back porch was startled to see a man looking back at her when she looked out her dining room window.  She called 911 and within minutes Officers arrived to find Adrian Avalos (08/07/64) hiding in her screen in patio. 

He was also found to have entered an unlocked car behind the house and patio to gain access to the attached laundry room.  A combination of the victim’s quick actions and Officers quick arrival did not allow the suspect to steal any property.  Avalos was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Habitation which is a 2nd Degree Felony and punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000. 

The Corpus Christi Police Department offers free home and business security surveys to make your home or business safer.  Home inspections can also put money in your pocket by reducing your insurance premiums.  Please contact Crime Prevention Specialist Brenda Moreno at 361-886-2765 to schedule your free survey.

Enhanced Parking Initative Begins

The Corpus Christi Police Department is announcing the beginning of the enhanced parking enforcement initiative.  The goal of the initiative is to address often overlooked “quality of life” issues such as public sidewalks being blocked by vehicles, and other parking violations throughout the city. The initial phase of the initiative will focus on public education about parking laws and the importance of ensuring that roadways and sidewalks are open and accessible to vehicles, pedestrians, and emergency equipment. Officers will immediately begin issuing warning cards to vehicles parked in an improper manner.

The next phase will begin August 1st and will focus on actual enforcement of existing parking laws and ordinances.  Police and Parking Control officers will be issuing citations to vehicles parked in a manner that is a violation or hazard.

Questions should be directed to Parking Control at 361-826-3003.

What Are Brother’s For…..

Occurred on 6/20/12,  12:25 PM Fraud Use or Possession of Identifying Information   5488 S.Padre Island Drive       1206200070

Roland Ray Palomo (10/01/78) was detained by La Palmera Mall Security  after he tried to obtain credit at Kay’s Jewelers using his brother’s social security. A Kay’s Jeweler associate reported Palomo tried to buy a ring and applied for credit.  Shortly thereafter, their corporate office notified her, an identity theft alert had been placed on the social security number used.  The associate contacted the victim who verified  his brother was using his social security to obtain credit.

Palomo was arrested and charged with Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information, a State Jail Felony punishable up to two years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.  If you suspect that your personal information has been hijacked or compromised to commit fraud or theft, take action immediately!  Keep a record of your conversations and correspondence.

First, contact the fraud departments of each of the three major credit bureaus and request a fraud alert be placed in your file.  Second, contact the creditors for any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.  Third, file a report with the Corpus Christi Police Department.  For additional information on Identity Theft or Crime Prevention presentations, please visit our website at www.ccpolice.com and click on Citizen Programs & Presentations.

You can also contact Crime Prevention Advisor Brenda Moreno at 361-886-2568 to schedule a presentation for you or your organization.

 

CCPD passes the 1000 Twitter follower milestone

The CCPD Twitter account, which has been in existence less than a year, has reached over 1000 followers as of last night. Through the use of Twitter and other social media tools, The Corpus Christi Police department has been able provide more realtime information to the community than ever before.  Thank you to all our followers who continue to re-tweet road closures, descriptions of wanted subjects and other important news to their fellow citizens.

City Hall Neighborhood Meeting Scheduled

The Corpus Christi Police Department and the Code Enforcement Division of Neighborhood Services would like everyone living in the City Hall area to attend a community meeting at City Hall, 6th floor Conference Room (1201 Leopard Street) on Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 6 PM to 7 PM . 

We will discuss efforts to clean-up the neighborhood in the City Hall area and any areas of concern. Please join us and bring a neighbor! Let’s work together to make a difference in your neighborhood.

Solid Waste Operations will also be sponsoring a special collection for brush and bulky items on Monday, June 25, 2012.

Trailer Vandalized

Occurred on 6/11/12, 4:53 p.m.  4617 Hamlin Drive   1206110133 

The 63-year-old victim reported to Officers his trailer was spray painted with graffiti sometime during weekend. The victim estimates $100 in damages to the trailer.   

Help us keep your neighborhood clear of graffiti, visit our website at www.ccpolice.com and report vandalism in your neighborhood.  To report an act of graffiti in progress, call 911, but if the offenders have fled or unknown, please call our non-emergency 361-886-2600.  You can also submit an on-line vandalism report or a clean-up request with the City Customer Online Center on the website. 

Anyone with any information on this crime is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit a tip online at www.888TIPS.com

Corpus Christi Will Have Strict Parking Enforcement By Mid-Summer

The Corpus Christi Police Department parking control will begin to strictly enforce residential parking in order to provide a safer environment for the community.

The parking control officers will not only patrol the downtown area for parking violations, but will now also focus attention with police patrol officers to vehicles parked facing traffic and vehicles that are parked on the sidewalk. State law requires sidewalks to be free from obstructions and permit pedestrian traffic in a safe manner. Vehicles parked facing traffic is also prohibited by state law and is a safety hazard for passing traffic.

Parking control officers and police patrol officers will spend the next couple weeks making the effort to educate the public about the violations. Parking control officers will distribute information cards to vehicles in violation before the strict enforcement begins. The laws are not new, but, the strict enforcement will begin in mid summer.

A few reminders about parking are that the passenger side tires must be parked less than 18 inches from the curb, do not park on the sidewalks, and trailers may not be parked on the street unless attached to a vehicle capable of towing the trailer.

Police Department Conducts Physical Condition Pre-Assessment

TAMUCC assistant professor of kinisiology Jay Dawes keeps time as an officer completes the mile and a half run

The Corpus Christi Police Department will conduct the physical fitness pre-assessment at the Police Training Center from June 11- June 15, 2012.

The purpose of this pre-assessment is to evaluate the officer’s fitness level before the actual assessment in November. Trainers will set goals for improvement and allow time for training so that the officers will perform well for the annual fitness assessment.

The Corpus Christi Police Department began the Physical Readiness Fitness Program in 2010. The purpose of the wellness testing is to improve the quality of life for the officers and seek to benefit the city with less money spent on sick time, disability and liability. The citizens benefit with better services by law enforcement officers that are in peak physical health.

The policy has a focus on fitness, health and nutrition and provides resources and encouragement for officers to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The fitness assessments administered annually promote growth and improvement to a desired level of fitness.

The Corpus Christi Police Department established the physical readiness program to increase or maintain high aerobic activity, good muscular strength, and good muscular endurance. The physical fitness test includes six events which are the 1 minute maximum push-ups, 1 minute maximum sit-ups, vertical jump, 1 repetition maximum bench press, 300 meter run, and the 1 ½ mile run.

The program is voluntary for the officers and offers incentive for participation. The program is evaluated by the full-time training academy staff and includes an adjunct fitness trainer for this pre-assessment this year. The physical training and the fitness pre-assessment have the help from Jay Dawes, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus. Mr. Dawes began to volunteer with the Corpus Christi police department in January 2012 and has increased the performance of officer’s physical training.

Mr. Dawes often helps the training academy staff with three daily workouts available to all Corpus Christi Police Officers. The Corpus Christi Police Department has the goal to have all employees be physically fit and healthy in order to provide the highest quality service to the Corpus Christi community.

Training Academy Trainer Senior Officer Travis Pace spots the maximum bench press event

Corpus Christi Police Have A Special Beach Patrol For Summer

Beach patrol Officer Eric Smith visits with a family on vacation from San Marcus

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 recruiter@cctexas.com 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.

 

Eris Smith on beach patrol

 

 

Local Pharmacy Burglarized

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.