Category Archives: Community Outreach

Corpus Christi Law Enforcement Tournament Raises Money For Charity

The Corpus Christi Law Enforcement Fishing Tournament held August 3 & 4 at Marker 37 will provide cash prizes for the heaviest trout, redfish, and black drum harvested on the day of the tournament.

The tournament meet and greet is scheduled for August 3, 2012 at 5pm and will have live music, a silent auction, door prizes, food and drinks. The tournament will be August 4 from 6am until 3:30pm and cost $75 for a late entry fee or $10 per person to enjoy the event without fishing.

The CCLEFT is an IRS recognized 501 c (3) organization. The tournament has two main goals: an entertaining weekend for Public Safety personnel & their supporters and fund-raising for local non-profits with an emphasis on crime reduction and youth.

Over the years, CCLEFT has given over $40,000 to numerous local charities including, The Fraternal Order of Police “Shop with a Cop” program, The Corpus Christi Police Officers Association “St. Michaels Fund”, Police Athletic League and The Corpus Christi Police Law Enforcement Fishing Tournament Scholarship Fund at Del Mar College. So round-up your friends and family and bring them out to Marker 37 on August 3rd & 4th to help raise money and have a great time while doing it!

Corpus Christi Police Officer John Little organized the annual Corpus Christi Law Enforcement Fishing Tournament

Neighborhood Parking Initiative to Begin Enforcement on August 1st

Wednesday, August 1st, the Corpus Christi Police Department will begin Phase III, the Enforcement Phase of the Neighborhood Parking Initiative. Over the six-week period covering Phase I (Information & Education Period) & II (Warning Period), CCPD utilized the various news and social networking media to deliver education information and issued over 22,000 Warning Notices, covering every street in the city limits, most several times. 

This third phase launches Wednesday using the individual District Beat Patrol Officers, Directed Patrol Officers and Parking Enforcement Officers. All four Police Districts will be strategically addressed this first day and thereafter individual Beat Patrol Officers will continue to cover their assigned beats as part of their routine patrols, while Parking Enforcement Officers will work a rotating schedule to equally cover enforcement across the city. 

This will be the first time CCPD Parking Enforcement Officers will utilize electronic ticket writers to issue criminal based citations.  This also allows for citations to be electronically downloaded daily into the court software system at Municipal Court simplifying and expediting court processing to under 24 hours from time of issue.

Do You Need a Car to go “Back to School?” CCPD to Auction 87 Vehicles on Saturday

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

On Saturday, August 4, 2012, a total of 87 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 20 of these vehicles are “No Insurance” impounds. On Friday, August 3, 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 August 4, 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 July 2012, Officers issued 397 citations for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility and impounded 94 vehicles for the same charge.

Police Remember Ruben Almanza

Contributed by Commander John Houston:

On July 27, 1984, Sergeant Ruben Almanza was assigned to the Narcotics Division and responded to assist officers on an armed robbery of the H.E.B. at Kostoryz and Gollihar. The suspects fled in a vehicle and bailed on foot in the residential neighborhood at Harold Street and Carroll Lane.

Sergeant Almanza, working in plain clothes, walked through yards on Harold Street looking for the suspect when he was ambushed and shot through a hole in a fence board by the suspect. Almanza fell to the ground and the suspect climbed over the fence and straddled Almanza, taking his service weapon, and then appeared he was going to shoot him again. At that point, now retired Lieutenant Eric Wramp, peered over the fence and fatally shoot the suspect. Sergeant Almanza was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries a few minutes after midnight on July 28th.

Ruben joined the department on August 28, 1975. He worked in patrol and was later assigned to Special Services. Ruben’s police radio call sign was #419 while assigned to narcotics. The number was retired upon his death.

There are a few officers still working today which had the privilege and honor to have worked with Ruben. Sergeant Almanza is survived by his wife, Irma and three daughters, Melissa, Jennifer, and Tina.

In 1984, Ruben’s family and LULAC Council #1 set up the Sergeant Ruben Almanza Scholarship for High School graduates pursuing a Criminal Justice career. The first recipient was our own Senior Officer Albert Leal.

Corpus Christi Police Raise Funds For Special Olympics

Corpus Christi Police Officer Billy Browning talks with customer Amber Schkade about how she can help the Special Olympics

Occurred Thursday, July 26, 2012, 2029 South Padre Island Drive

Local Law Enforcement participated in the statewide “Tip-A-Cop” annual fundraiser Thursday night at the Texas Roadhouse in Corpus Christi to raise funds for the Special Olympics Texas athletes.

Corpus Christi Police Officers greeted customers then served water and tea. The officers volunteered their time to talk to the customers at the Texas Roadhouse about the Olympics. All the tips earned by the officers were donated to help special needs athletes for the Special Olympics.

Alice Fulton-Garza is the area director for the Special Olympics South Texas Area-2 and she was on site to coordinate the athletes and volunteer officers that participated in the Thursday fundraising event. Volunteers are considered the lifeline of the Special Olympics Texas program. More than 47,000 volunteers in Texas currently dedicate their time to Special Olympics. These volunteers serve as coaches, officials, committee members, competition assistants, speech coaches and much more.

Special Olympics Texas is a registered 501(c)(3), non-profit organization supported by private donations from individuals, corporations and organizations throughout the state. The funding supports year round training and competitions for 32,240 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Texas.

Anyone interested to get involved with Special Olympics Texas can contact the organization at 1-800-876-JOIN or http://www.specialolympicstexas.org.

Special Olympics volunteer coordinator Kathryn Pattillo holds a Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirt for sale at the fundraiser at the Texas Roadhouse
These envelopes were distributed for the “Tip A Cop” event Thursday

 

Police Offer Solutions at CCAL Meeting

The Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Investigator supervisor, Lieutenant James Garrett, offered a new process to file shoplifting cases from local stores the monthly Corpus Christi Against Loss meeting hosted by the The Corpus Christi Police Department at the La Palmera Mall Wednesday.

The Corpus Christi Against Loss monthly meetings are held every third Wednesday at 10:00am at the La Palmera Mall. The meetings are attended by the loss prevention representatives, district managers for local businesses, and by Corpus Christi Police supervisors. The purpose of the meetings is to disseminate and exchange information about property crime trends and identify criminals.

Lieutenant James Garrett provided envelopes to the loss prevention representatives that outline needed material and evidence in order to successfully prosecute shoplifting cases. Lieutenant Garrett said this effort to streamline information will provide speedy trials and successful prosecutions for those arrested for theft. The checklist of items required for prosecution is printed on the outside of the envelope so that the items are to be placed inside the envelope for the district attorneys presentation in court.

The items required in the envelope for prosecution include store video and receipts which the police officers are unable to access without assistance from store employees. This checklist on the envelope is a system to prevent mistake or incomplete packages of information that delays and reduces the prosecution of offenders.

District Attorney Skurka made an appearance this Wednesday to provide the district attorneys office perspective on the new process to file criminal cases against those that commit theft. All in attendance agreed that the goal is successful prosectutions of all offenders.

Many Attend “Operation: Safe Return”

The Corpus Christi Police Department hosted an event called, “Operation: Safe Return” at West Guth Park Saturday to help prepare the children in the community to safely return to school.

The event was organized by police officers Brenda Garza and Emily Perez and had a variety of information about health and safety available for those who attended. Senior Officer Emily Perez did not have any estimated numbers of attendants, but said the event began at 10am and there were 750 bracelets given to children before noon.

The bracelets were provided to permit children to the pool at no charge. The Operation Safe Return provided free school physical exams, free school supplies, nutrition information, anti-bullying information, vision screening, and $10 immunizations among other benefits to participants.

Officers Garza and Perez said they were pleased with the response from the community and thank all the vendors that donated time, services, and products for the back to school event. A second event is in the planning stage that will be held on the south side of Corpus Christi in late August.

Officer Brenda Garza and Senior Officer Emily Perez organized “Operation: Safe Return” to promote school safety. A second event is planned for late August.

Corpus Christi Police Host “Women In Policing” Seminar

Senior Officer Denise Pace stands next to patrol officers Maria Pici, Olga Flores, and Imelda Benevides at the start of the Women In Policing seminar.

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s Training Division hosted a “Women in Policing” Seminar on Wednesday July 18, 2012 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Police Departments Training Center.

This seminar gave prospective female applicants an opportunity to hear from successful female officers and ask questions about how they juggle family life and a law enforcement career. Topics of discussion included; the application process, the police academy, career opportunities with the C.C.P.D. and other topics.

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s Training Division will host a second “Women in Policing” Seminar on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Del Mar College West Campus/ Emerging Technologies Building 4101 Old Brownsville Rd. Corpus Christi, TX 78405 Room # ET105.

Please join us for an evening to explore an exciting career in law enforcement and hear from women who have very successful careers with the Corpus Christi Police Department.

For additional information please contact Maryann Carrillo at (361) 826-4071.

Join Us for “Operation Safe Return”

The Corpus Christi Police Department and Parks and Recreation Department would like the parents and children in the areas of West Oso, Tuloso-Midway, and Calallen School Districts to join us in the 1st Annual “Operation Safe Return.”  This event will provide safety information, health information, and various services free of charge.  Commander A. Frese has announced a second “Operation Safe Return” will be scheduled in August 2012 for Corpus Christi Independent School Department and Flour Bluff schools.

Visit with our SWAT Team, Gang Unit, Crime Stoppers, Crime Prevention Advisor, and Crime Victim’s Advocates for safety information on Anti Bullying and Gang Information Prevention.  We will also be offering “Prints for Life.”

The Nueces County Health Department will provide immunizations for a $10 fee.  Dr. Daniel Roberts, the Police Department’s SWAT Team Medic will be offering free Back to School physicals.  Wal-Mart Optometrist Dr. Casey Ryan will be offering coupons for eye exams.

Mike Shaw Toyota has donated free school supplies which will be handed to participants while they last.  The Corpus Christi Police Athletic League has also donated 5 bicycles which will be given away during the event. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult and once participants have visited designated information booths they will be allowed free admittance to West Guth Park pool.  Please see the flyer for additional information.

“Delete that Text?” You Didn’t Win a Target Gift Card Scam Alert

The Corpus Christi Financial Crimes Unit and the Better Business Bureau would like to alert the community about a new scam in which mobile phone users are  receiving suspicious messages.  The text messages are purported to be from Target and announce you as a winner of a free gift card.  The drawing is a scam and your information is obtained by the scammers. 

Do not reply or visit the website, just simply delete the text.  For more information, please visit http://www.bbb.org/blog/top-scams-of-2011.html for the Top Scams of 2011.

Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it’s not true.  If you believe you are a victim of a scam, please call the police at 886-COPS.  If you would like a presentation on Identity Theft or Senior Safety please call Crime Victim Advisor Brenda Moreno at 361-886-2765.