Houston Police Department

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    HPD Has a Machine That Can Steal Your Phone's Data, Says ACLU

    Craig Estes is about as conservative as they come in the Texas Senate. He helped kill Sen. Wendy Davis' midnight filibuster over abortion regulations. The "Craig on the issues" portion of his website features photos of placards blaring, "Pro-Life, Pro-God, Pro-Gun," "No! Amnesty," and "Must Show ID ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    HPD Will Test Your Blood or Your Breath in 10-Day DWI Initiative

    For the next 10 days, the Houston Police Department Traffic Enforcement Division will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. They gave it the catchy slogan "Don't Get "Popped" During 4th of July Festivities," because nothing reminds you that Johnny Law is watching like a snappy refrain about drunk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Supervisors, Officers Disciplined in HPD Homicide Probe

    Four high-level homicide investigators and four officers have been disciplined after an extensive internal investigations investigation of the Houston Police Department's homicide division. The investigation found that 24 cases dating back to 2004 "were identified with deficiencies including not co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Credit Card Numbers, Checks, Cash Stolen From Megachurch

    Joel Osteen's megachurch became more than a half-million dollars less prosperous, according to reports, following a theft from the Lakewood Church coffers over the weekend. The church sent out a letter to churchgoers on Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports, telling them about the theft of cash, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    HPD, State Farm to Unveil Pricey Crime Prevention Robot?

    This is how it begins. One minute, we're introducing a remote-controlled robot to students for teaching purposes, the next minute, we're introducing the NS-5 with its three-laws perfection...until some giant, sentient computer brain decides we're all too stupid to survive. Apparently, HPD and Stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Guns and Hoses: How You Can Help the Families of the Four Fallen Houston Firefighters

    If you're looking for the definition of courage, a good place to start would be along Houston's Southwest Freeway back on May 31, where a burning hotel and restaurant took the lives of four Houston area firefighters and injured five more. Most of us see a fire like that, and our first instinct is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Man Murdered for Playing Loud Music in His Truck, Perpetrators on the Loose

    On December 3 around 3:30 a.m., Silas Armando Najera-Hernandez and three other men were driving around the parking lot at Bar Uno, located at 5829 South Gessner Drive in southwest Houston. As Najera-Hernandez navigated the silver Ford F-150 pickup through the crowded lot, loud music screamed out o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    [PHOTO] JJ Watt Tweets Photo with Actual S.W.A.T. Team

    JJ Watt is batting down balls on the football field at a record pace for a defensive lineman earning him the obvious nickname JJ "Swatt." Yesterday, he tweeted out a photo of himself in full riot gear with members of the Houston Police Department S.W.A.T. team near downtown with the tweet, "Houston, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Unidentified Woman Found Dead at Home During Welfare Check: Bayou Body Count No. 115

    An autopsy is being performed on a woman found dead at 237 West 18th St. No. 4 at 11:05 p.m. Sunday, Houston Police report. The woman's identity is being withheld pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Throwback Units: Ten Other Vintage Cop Car Designs HPD Should Consider

    Everybody wants to go retro. From throwback uniforms in professional sports to 80s hipster hairdos, everybody is kicking it old school. Cars are not all that different. Dodge re-invented the Charger, the Volkswagen Beetle got re-issued a few years back and we assume a reset of the El Camino is on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Former HPD Cop Andrew Blomberg Not Guilty in Chad Holley Case (UPDATED)

    A jury has found former HPD officer Andrew Blomberg not guilty of official oppression in connection with the arrest of Chad Holley. The video of the arrest showed officers seemingly whaling away on the teen, who was running from a burglary. Blomberg was one of four HPD officers who were fired; the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Seven Vintage Houston Police Cars, Including The Rare HPD Gremlin

    Arcadia Publishing, the outfit that specializes in photo-filled historical books and gave us last year's look at Foley's department store, is out with a look at the Houston Police Department. It's filled with shots of cops through the years, the celebrities they protected, the cases they worked. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Annise Parker: Occupy Houston Must Leave Park By Dusk Today (UPDATED)

    Mayor Annise Parker says that Occupy Houston supporters in Tranquility Park must leave by dusk today. "I told Occupy Houston leaders in January they need to decide the next phase for their effort," Parker said. "I support their right to free speech and I'm sympathetic to their call for reform of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Occupy Houston: Where Everything Is An Emergency That Local Media (Including Us) Fall For

    Photo by Brittanie SheyOccupy Houston holds an impromptu assembly.​Hair Balls now has something in common with the local Fox and CBS affiliates. We're all suckers. On Tuesday afternoon, in light of the recent shutdown of Occupy Oakland, Hair Balls did some recon by contacting one of our sourc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Food Truck Driver Says Cop Hassled Him

    An HPD officer allegedly threatened a food truck over what the food truck owner says are nonexistent "violations."​UPDATE: HPD's public information office called to say that, as of 2 p.m., "no complaint has been filed. No one by that name has filed an [Internal Affairs Division] complaint," th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    HPD Says: Please Help Us Find The Guys Who Stole Our Bait Car

    The idea behind police bait cars is a sound one -- rig up a car that's just begging to be stolen, put it in a vulnerable spot and then wait for a thief to try his luck. It doesn't always work, though. KHOU reports that HPD is asking for the public's assistance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Unidentifed Male Left For Dead Outside After-Hours Club, Bayou Body Count No. 136

    Left for dead outisde a nightclub​The body of a man who was shot to death was discovered outside a southwest-side after-hours club early Monday morning, but that's about all police know. The body was found about 6 a.m. Labor Day outside the La Raza Discotec on Hillcroft near Bellaire Boulevar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Red-Light Cameras: In First Six Days Back On, 2,700 Citations Issued

    The money machine is up to speed​The money machine has been cranked up in full: the Houston Police Department reports that in the first six days of returning to operations, the city's 67 red-light cameras racked up more than 2,700 citations issued to drivers. Those lucky drivers will be getti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Keith Monteds Brown, 40, Bayou Body Count No. 67

    Gunned down at home​A man answered a knock on the door at his south Houston home last night and was shot to death, police say. Keith Monteds Brown, 40, was in his home in the 4200 block of Groton around 9 p.m. last night when he answered the door, HPD says. He was then gunned down and pronou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    City Selling Its Downtown HPD Headquarters, Preventing Jailer Layoffs

    For sale or lease: HPD HQ​Houston will look to sell or lease the downtown police headquarters as part of a deal that will keep HPD from having to lay off 273 jailers, Mayor Annise Parker announced today. The city and the HPD pension plan also agreed to allow the city to defer payment of $17 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na, BAT VAN!

    One wonders if the HPD Lego BAT Van will be hitting shelves this year.​The Houston Police Department posted a video on their YouTube account today to inform Houstonians about a new DWI crackdown and a new vehicle they think will aid them. The Breath Alcohol Testing or "BAT" Van is a mobile fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Parker Announces New HPD Oversight Reforms That Will Be Very, Very Different from Countless Past HPD Oversight Reforms

    HPD: This time they'll get it right. Right?​There's nothing like a bunch of grown men getting caught on tape stomping the hell out of a defenseless teenager to get the ol' government gears grindin'. Responding to the political shitstorm stirred up by the Chad Holley video, Mayor Annise Parker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    HPD with New Anti-DWI Initiative: You've Been Warned

    HPDAnother anti-DWI crackdown is under way​Law enforcement agencies like the DA's office always like to tout new anti-DWI drives, usually tied to a holiday. The Houston Police Department got in on the game today, holding a press conference with MADD to let the public know they'll be cracking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Texas Police Pimp Their Rides With Trunk Rumblers

    lemonsauctioneers.comThis ride may be beyond pimping.​The next time you hear a boom box roaring thunderously at the traffic light, listen closely before cursing under your breath. It could be a patrol car trying to squeak by. Channel 11 News reported this week that a new emergency vehicle sir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Unidentified Female, Bayou Body Count No. 283

    Murdered, possibly raped, and abandoned​The body of a woman who was likely murdered and possibly raped was found near a northside bayou Sunday evening, police say. An autopsy will be performed, but HPD told reporters foul play is suspected. A couple of kids discovered the body about 5:30 p.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 276

    Shot in the chest​Houston Police are investigating a fatal shooting by three unknown suspects who kicked in the door of a residence Sunday morning. The unknown victim, a man in his 30's, was shot in the chest as the suspect fled the scene. He was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital where he wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Red Light Cameras: How Will HPD Make Up The $10 Million Loss?

    Possible new guildelines for HPD​Mayor Annise Parker has turned off the red light cameras, but she has also said that the move will cost the Houston Police Department $10 million a year. In a time of tight budgets, with talk of furloughs and cutbacks, it's a tough hit to take. If only there w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    HPD Says Crime Is Down, Down, Down In Houston Town

    Crime? What crime?​The Houston Police Department is crowing over what it says is a significant drop in major-crime rates in the city so far this year.We feel safer already.HPD says the first three quarters of 2010 have seen a lot fewer incidents than the same period of 2009: Violent crime is down ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010

    Houston Police Museum

    HPD show off its history with a new museum

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Another Day, Another Awkward Annise Parker Statement On HPD

    Not exactly a low-key week for the new chief​Fresh off a low-key description of what's described as a "horrific" beating of a teen-age burglary suspect by Houston Police, Mayor Annise Parker has once again been forced to acknowledge some alleged HPD misbehavior.In the wake of reports that HPD offi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Judge Says No To Beards In The HPD

    ​The effort by some Houston police officers to wear beards on the job (and off the job, too, we guess) was dealt a setback when a federal judge threw their lawsuit out of court.HPD brass trumpeted the decision by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal in a press release in which chief Harold Hurtt said ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    HPD's Crime Lab Is In The News Again

    As if the Houston Police crime lab didn't have enough problems, it discovered a new one today: fire.A small container caught fire on the same floor as the lab at HPD headquarters downtown this afternoon; as a result a half-dozen fire trucks converged on the building, three floors were evacuated and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Breaking News: Cops Don't Like Being Told They're Fat

    So far, no one's pointed to any evidence linking lack of physical fitness among some Houston Police Department officers with problems like the disproportionate Tasering of minorities, the shootings of quite a few mentally ill folks, or even the supreme fuck-up that put an innocent man in prison for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    If The Light Was Working, So Was The Red-Light Camera

    Houstonians have spent the past week happily flipping the bird to the tollbooths along the Sam Houston Parkway and other pay-to-ride roadways. What about the infamous red-light cameras, though? Did we get a pass on those, too, in the wake of Ike? Only if the intersection in question was shut down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Ike Beats Oprah, With HPD's Help

    The Houston Police Department seems to have taken on a new role: theater critic. They recommended to TUTS that it cancel performances of The Color Purple. Which is not really a whole lot different than what New York theater critics said when it opened on Broadway. Luckily for the production, its c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008
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    May 25, 2008

    Get Lit: Q&A with Sgt. Brian Foster of the Houston Police Department

    During his 34-year career in law enforcement—23 of those as a Detective/Sergeant with the Houston Police Department Homicide Division-- Sgt. Brian Foster always kept both his notebook and his ears open. But not just to record the confessions, bizarre incidents, statements, stories, and lies that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2007

    The Houston Police Department's Attack of the Drones

    We’ve heard of unmanned drones used for military operations, border patrols and battling wildfires. Now the Houston Police Department is apparently planning to employ the expensive aircraft to take on another menace: speeding drivers.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2007

    But at Least the Guns Aren’t Gay…

    Oh, wait, can't we get sued for running a picture of Tom Cruise next to the word "gay"? Shoot. So 19 guns are missing from the HPD property room, the Chron reports this morning. Two other guns that had gone missing were found during a traffic stop and a drug case. Things have a way of just walking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2006

    Re: From Hairballs: Cameras Record Abusive Insidious Graffiti-ers

    Courtesy of Dirty Third Streets Apparently, taggers such as this one can pretty much spray anywhere -- including HPD substations. We're pretty sure this is what you'd call "irony." You may remember an item in Hariballs about a surveillance system that supposedly catches taggers in the act. Basi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2006

    From Hairballs: Cameras Record Abusive Insidious Graffiti-ers

    Courtesy of Dirty Third Streets How did this tagger not get caught by HPD's new S.Y.S.T.E.M.? The folks at BlogHouston have had fun with Richard Connelly's "Punk'd!" graffiti item in this week's Hairballs. In a nutshell, there seem to be cameras snapping photos of would-be taggers in the 'Trose. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2003

    NYPD Black and Blue

    Houston police boxers plan to bruise the Big Apple

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
  • Calendar

    November 23, 2000

    To Protect and Serve Art

    Instant Gratification

  • News

    May 11, 1995

    The Great Smokeout

    Massive HPD sting nails desperate teenage cigarette thieves

  • News

    May 4, 1995

    A Whiter Shade of Blue

    The White Officers Association is making waves in HPD

  • News

    March 2, 1995


    Top-secret HPD document exposed

  • News

    April 21, 1994

    The Policy That Won't Die

    Despite five deaths in recent weeks, HPD stands by its car chases

  • News

    March 10, 1994

    Who's Guarding the Guardians?

    HPD hires rent-a-cops to patrol the main police complex

  • News

    March 3, 1994

    Giving the Big No to Nuchia

    HPD rank-and-file reject the chief's promotions policy -- and the chief himself

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