Memorial Villages Police Department

Memorial Villages Police Department Providing Police Service to Bunker Hill, Piney Point and Hunters Creek Villages
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Operating as usual

10/26/2020

Thought for the week October 26, 2020:

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
-Jim Rohn

10/23/2020

V-LINC:

From the desk of Chief Ray Schultz,

As you will read below, this has been an unusually busy week for us here at the MVPD. Unfortunately, the fraud-cyber criminals have been very busy victimizing area residents and businesses. We had 4 additional Texas Workforce Commission fraud cases, several identity-theft cases, and some additional mail theft crimes all occur. As the economy continues to struggle, I am afraid that these crimes are going to continue to be a problem. I am once again asking that everyone please retrieve your mail EVERY day from your mailboxes. Criminals can very quickly create fake accounts for everything from; false loans, insurance claims, credit cards to Unemployment claims. A few pieces of mail, along with a few minutes on a computer and these crooks are on their way to using your stolen identity, your good credit and your good reputation to their advantage. Also, continue to closely monitor your bank statements, credit reports and all financial records for any unusual activity. The quicker you intervene, the less damage they can cause.

In the meantime, we continue to issue subpoenas for records of IP addresses, fake account registrations and for banking information of where the money/funds are going. We have established working relationships with fraud investigators from the various state and federal agencies and want to do whatever we can to hold these thieves accountable for their actions.

Less than 2 weeks and the 2020 election cycle will finally be over. Early voting continues at the First Congregational Church located at 10840 Beinhorn. We are expecting a heavy turnout this weekend so if you are out in the area, please use extra caution.

Since last week’s V-LINC was extra-long, I’m going to end this week’s report here. Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz [email protected]

10/21/2020

Thought for the week October 19, 2020:

You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
— Henry Ford

10/16/2020

V-LINC:

From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,

On Wednesday afternoon we had a brief crime spree occur in the villages over a 90 minutes time period. 2 suspects in a silver Ford pick-up with a truck bed shell committed 2 burglaries and a theft. In these cases the suspects would go to a house to see if anyone is home. If the door is answered they start with a ruse to gain entry into the home. At one location they claimed to be from the water department and stated that they were investigating a water leak/issue in the rear of the home. At another location they claimed to be landscapers who were at the home to look at landscaping. The third home was unoccupied, and the suspects broke in through a rear door. We were able to use the department ALPR system to identify the suspect’s vehicle as being the same vehicle which was found to be near the locations of all 3 crimes just minutes before the respective crimes were reported.

Officers were able to quickly narrow down the ALPR license plate captures from thousands to a few dozen, and soon were able to identify the only vehicle that was at all 3 crime scenes. That vehicle has been entered into the ALPR system and should it return to the area, all officers will immediately be alerted. Detectives now have the license plate of the vehicle and have been busy following up leads thought out the region. The license plate is associated with an address from the Dallas area, detectives are investigating along with some closer locations. The truck is a silver Ford Super-Duty extended cab pick-up truck with a silver camper shell and a large bright silver trailer hitch. The truck has graphics on the side that say “FX4”. The license plate bracket shows the vehicle to come from “Doggett Ford”. The truck also has chrome running boards. We will continue to follow up on these cases. The ALPR system was instrumental in assisting in these cases as it has provided strong leads for the detectives to follow up on. More to come on this case soon.

Update: Detectives have learned that HPD is looking for the same vehicle for committing similar crimes in Tanglewilde and Tanglewood. HPD only had a vehicle description but not a license plate. MVPD provided them with the plate information. MVPD, HPD and Hedwig are all working the cases together.

This also a good reminder to not allow people into your home that show up unannounced. Someone at your door claiming to be with the water department, a utility or a landscaper without an appointment and especially if not in a clearly marked company vehicle or not in a marked/badged uniform should be suspect! Landscapers or utility workers seldom need access to the interior of your home, do not let them in unless you are sure who they are and even then, do not leave them unattended. If there is a situation with someone at your door and you are not sure of their intent or legitimacy, you can always give us a call at 713-365-3700 and we will go by to check them out.

This week we are approaching the 50th ALPR hit and recovery of a stolen vehicle. Below, you can read about number 49. Number 50 is special as it is one of the milestones that we had set earlier in the year. The team with the recovery will be treated to dinner along with the arrested suspect. The suspects dinner, however, will be courtesy of the Harris County Jail. Another number that we are quickly approaching is $1,000,000 in value for 2020 in recoveries. We previously had hit that number for the system total since implementation of the program, this next million dollars in recoveries will be for 2020 only. Since program implementation, we are closing in on $1.5 million in recovered value. We will let you know when that occurs.

This week we have had 2 additional Texas Workforce Fraud cases reported. Our command staff has reached out to TWC personnel and to the DPS team assisting on these cases. MVPD detectives will be assisting them in investigating these cases along with thousands of others that have been reported across the state. We will be obtaining subpoenas for IP addresses and for information on the destinations of the deposited/transferred funds. As taxpayers, we all are the long-term victims of these crimes. We will keep you apprised as the case progresses.

Early Voting has begun. We have one early voting location here in the villages and our officers are all aware of the location and of the hours of operation. Officers will be conducting regular patrols of the area along with Constables and Deputies. As we approach election day itself, we will be bringing on extra staffing to ensure a safe election day process for everyone. Political signs are popping up everywhere. Please be respectful of everyone’s right to support the candidate of their choice. Political signs must be placed on private property and not in the public right of way. Some neighborhood HOA’s prohibit any signs. So please be aware of what your specific HOA allows, and if and where you can place signs. Officers are closely monitoring neighborhoods overnight as that seems to be the time when most sign problems occur. We have stopped two groups of youth who have been swapping out candidate signs and another group who took some signs. Only a few more weeks and we will be done for a couple of months, until the 2024 campaign begins.

Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz [email protected]

Thank you! Memorial Exchange Club for the support of our Officers, Dispatchers and Staff.
10/16/2020

Thank you!
Memorial Exchange Club for the support of our Officers, Dispatchers and Staff.

10/12/2020

Thought for the week October 12,2020

Today’s US Holiday, Columbus Day.

Today’s Thought, Be the energy you want to attract. 😊

10/10/2020

V-LINC

From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,

Over the past couple of weeks, the cities have installed several additional new Doggy Waste Stations along the most popular walking paths. The new stations are stocked with clean pet waste bags and have a garbage can for the collected poop bags to be thrown away. Please take advantage of these new kiosk’s and help keep your neighbor’s yards and our walking paths clean. Thank You

Operation Purple Pumpkin. Many residents have been asking if they should participate in trick or treating this Halloween because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is a decision that each family will need to make on their own. One, do you want your children to participate in going door to door, trick or treating, and two, are you are going to hand out treats at your home.

Obviously, anyone who is currently experiencing or has someone in the household with COVID-19 should not participate in activities or events. However, people wanting to either trick or treat or pass out candy should consider what is being described as Operation Purple Pumpkin Halloween. The way Purple Pumpkin works is, households that are COVID-19 free decorate their home or porch with a purple pumpkin, purple lights or place a purple piece of paper or cloth on/over your door, porch light or mailbox. This way trick or treaters know that your home is COVID-19 free and safe. Treats are then left on the front porch in a pail or bucket with a note to take one or two pieces of candy. This way there is no face to face or close contact. All treats/candy should be in closed/sealed wrappers. Residents who want to see the children in their costumes can watch from the safety of their homes and enjoy the evening. So, if you want to participate in Halloween this year please consider having a Purple Pumpkin Halloween.

Last Saturday the ALPR System alerted officers to a stolen U-Haul trailer entering the villages. After receiving 2 additional hits, it appeared the vehicle was not just passing through but circling around the area. Officers were able to locate the stolen trailer and the truck towing it. Inside of the truck were 2 fugitives, both with extensive criminal histories for burglary. They also were found to be in possession of methamphetamine. They attempted to conceal their identities but couldn’t figure out how old they were based on the fake I.D. information that they provided. Officers were able to figure out who they were. Both were arrested and the stolen trailer was recovered. Great work by our officers from both, day and night shifts as this occurred during shift change.

Early mornings continue to be dark until after 7 a.m. Early-bird walkers and runners are asked to wear reflective clothing if heading out early, especially if your route includes streets without sidewalks. The time change is still a few weeks away (November 1, 2020) so please use extra caution until then.

Another weekend, another storm. Again, it looks like the heavy rains and winds will be east of us. We will continue to monitor the weather for any unexpected changes.

As always, thanks to everyone for the continued support and positive interactions with our team. Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz [email protected]

10/06/2020

Thought for the week October 5, 2020:

“The future depends on what you do today.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

October 1st, the Memorial Villages Police Department hosted the Gulf Coast Regional PSURT in conjunction with the First ...
10/03/2020

October 1st, the Memorial Villages Police Department hosted the Gulf Coast Regional PSURT in conjunction with the First Responders Assistance Foundation in advanced drone training.

Over 26 Texas agencies participated with their drone flight teams to complete
6 different scenarios throughout the Villages.

Ranging from indoor searches, traffic stops, mapping, water searches and top gun flying - the Memorial Villages created challenges for every level of flyer.

Thanks to our Futurist Chief, Command Staff and Community, we have once again shown “Community Safety through Technology.”

Mary Nan Huffman
10/02/2020

Mary Nan Huffman

What an exciting a busy day! I started off with the First Responders Assistance Foundation and the Memorial Villages Police Department at a drone training for multiple law enforcement agencies. Then, I met a bunch of great women in #katy. After that- I got to be a guest on BNetRadio - Tejano where we talked about #PublicSafety in #HarrisCounty. Then I got to help sponsor a spaghetti dinner for the Stratford Spartanaires. From there I went to Gleannloch Pines Golf Club for a candidate forum, attended a NAMI Greater Houston candidate discussion where we talked about #mentalhealth and how it intersects with the criminal justice system, and finally participated in the Baytown Area Republicans meeting. What a day! #Huffman4Harris #drone

From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,Good Morning, it is hard to believe that we are already in the month of October and t...
10/02/2020

From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,

Good Morning, it is hard to believe that we are already in the month of October and the final quarter of 2020. I think that we all can hardly wait to get this year behind us, so we can move on. 2020 has been a tough year on many fronts. From the quick on-set of the COVID-19 pandemic to the horrific effects that it has had on our older and at-risk populations, to the closing of schools, colleges, houses of worship, gyms, businesses and of course, quarantines and stay at home orders.

Many of us never were able to take a vacation due to travel restrictions and the unknowns of exposure to flying and other forms of public transportation. Many people found themselves working from home while the most unfortunate, found themselves with no job at all. Add a few significant storms and a hurricane, a couple of highly controversial National incidents, and you can quickly see how hard this year has been on communities across the country. While pretty much every household had been directly impacted by the effects of this year’s events, we here at the MVPD have seen how much pain our community has suffered.

Each week in the VLINC report I include a recap of the significant crime events that have occurred. What I do not include, are the stories of the long-term effects of the pandemic and the pain and the suffering that it has had on our area families. From increases in family disturbances and friction due to stay at home orders or in some cases, of quarantine, and worrying about elderly parents and grandparents and the inability to see them. Then there is the reductions in income or even unemployment. Many of our residents are business owners and corporate executives who also worry about their employees. Our medical professionals are working long hours, and also risk personal exposure to themselves and their families. As we respond to calls for service, we see and truly understand how challenging this year has been and continues to be.

One area that often gets overlooked is mental healthcare. The effects of the pandemic along with everyday pressures can become overwhelming. It does not matter if you are the head of a household, business executive, homemaker or a student, these are trying times for everyone. There are things that we all can do to help manage the current crisis. First, remember that you are not alone. We are all in this together. We have seen increases in anxiety, as well as increases in depression. The effects vary based on individual situations and personalities, but there is hope, as there are things that everyone can do to help.

Should you be experiencing these types of challenges, start with taking care of yourself. Eating healthy, getting fresh air, sunlight and exercise all helps to establish a strong foundation. Interaction with relatives, friends, co-workers and others through social media, phone calls or even old-fashioned letters or cards can help brighten up someone’s day. A simple walk around the villages can do wonders, especially now with the cooler weather. A smile and a wave to a passerby will make both of you feel good. As houses of worship reopen, attending a religious activity can help in re-energizing your faith.

Sometimes you can try everything, and it just does not seem to be enough. This is where friends and family come in. If you either see or sense that someone is having issues in dealing with stress and or the pressures of today, offer to help.

One of our Police Commissioners did some research and identified professional mental healthcare services that are available for residents of Harris County and the Villages. He put together the following list that he asked that I share with you.

"Harris County" - Offers local mental health care services that are available 24/7. Services can be accessed by dialing 211.
"Crisis Intervention" - Offers free confidential consultation (anonymous) crisis and suicide prevention 24 hours a day. 832-416-1177
"Chapelwood United Methodist Church" - Has a program called "Stephen Ministries". They have 40 trained and certified members. Stephen Ministries are lay congregation members trained to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation. They are local community members.
"Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church" - Offers professional counseling to members and the community. Individuals facing issues that may seem insurmountable like anger, anxiety, loneliness, guilt, low self-esteem. They focus on teaching coping strategies. 713-490-0931
"National Suicide Prevention Lifeline" - 800-273-8255, 24/7. They offer an Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Services.
These five resources, in our area, provide tremendous support for anyone in crisis. Additionally, more information about “Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak” can be found at:
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/current-events/supporting-your-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/
We have a great team of first responders, and we assist our employees with their mental healthcare as we realize that no one is immune. Mental healthcare is nothing to be afraid of and should not be kept in the shadows. Talk with your family about mental health and the challenges of today. Remember that help is only a phone call away whether it is one of the phone numbers above or from us at 713-365-3700, we do care. Let’s get through this year, a vaccine is around the corner, the election season will pass, and the economy will rebound. Our parents and grandparents lived through the Great Depression and World War II and taught us how to get through tough times. This is our generations international crisis that we will defeat, and come out as they did, better, stronger and even more resilient.
Yesterday, we hosted first responders from across the area for a full day of Drone training. We had expected about 50 people to attend when we began to plan the event. 72 registered which had Officer Boggus scrambling to fit everyone into the training matrix in order to meet social distancing guidelines. Then yesterday morning, 93 showed up. Needless to say, Larry was just a little stressed. He was able to quickly rearrange the teams and split up the training obstacle course area creating additional space so everyone could participate.
The children at a nearby preschool got a blast out of watching the drones fly one of the obstacle courses and a visiting pilot found himself giving an impromptu presentation. A great time was had by all. (See attached photo) A special thanks to the Memorial Villages Police Foundation and Memorial Villages area churches for hosting the event and practice locations and to the residents who volunteered their time to help with registration, lunch and even lending the use of their vehicles to be used in scenario training. The only snafu that we had was someone on the Houston side of the Bayou saw one of the US Coast Guard Training mannequins in the water and called it in to HFD. The team performing that scenario was very impressed thinking that the Houston Fire Department was a part of the event. Luckily, we were able to notify the HFD before they jumped in the water to save the dummy.
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz [email protected]

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