Category Archives: Community Outreach

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 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

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 Any interested person should send an email to 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  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.



Crime Stoppers Crime Of The Week #22


May 16, 2012

Crime of the Week #22-2012

Air Dates:  May 30-June 6, 2012

Case # 1205160013

  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 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

Police Search for Man Who Exposed Himself to 13-Year-Old

Occurred on 5/29/12, 5:40 p.m.   Indecent Exposure   7900 Mitra Parkway  1205290108

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.

Does Your College Student Need a Car? Get A Real Deal at Our Monthly Auction!

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. 

Approximately 12 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 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 Simpson Announces Promotion, New CCPD Org Structure

Captain Houston
Captain John Houston

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.

Corpus Christi Hooks Raise Funds For Nueces County Fallen Heroes Memorial

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.