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Crime Control & Prevention District
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Ray Landers
 
Shannon Burke
 Shannon Burke
Robert Bob Hotten 
Robert "Bob" Hotten
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Roy Roberts
Craig O'Sullivan 
Craig O'Sullivan
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 George Pinder
Dianna Taylor 
Dianna Taylor

To view the CCPD budget for fiscal year 2016-17, approved by City Council on August 16 after board approval on July 11, 2016, click here.

Crime Control and Prevention District - Establishment and History

On January 27, 2011, the Deer Park City Council passed a Resolution approving the creation of the City of Deer Park Crime Control and Prevention District.  Soon thereafter, the city council appointed seven members to serve on the required CCPD Temporary Board.

On May 14, 2011, the voters of the City of Deer Park voted and approved the City of Deer Park Texas Crime Control and Prevention District, creating the imposition of a sales and use tax increase of one-quarter of one percent.

A permanent board was appointed by City Council and charged with the development of the CCPD Plan and budget in cooperation with the Deer Park City Council.

UPDATE: May 2016
As of the May 7, 2016 General and Special Elections, the Crime Control and Prevention District was renewed by the voters of Deer Park for 10 years.

Initial projects - Achieved 2011-2016

Major Project Update - Deer Park Police Firearms Training Facility - April 2016
 
The City Council, as well as the Crime Control and Prevention District Board, have approved a CCPD budget amendment which will allow the City to award a bid for construction of the Deer Park Police Firearms Training Facility to IKLO Construction.
During their regular meeting Tuesday, City Council authorized an ordinance appropriating the funds necessary to complete the design and construction of the new firing range. The total cost of the project – which will include the gun range, a training building, a facility parking area, irrigation and landscaping, and contingency funds – is $2,731,100.
According to Deer Park Police Department Chief Greg Grigg, staff has been working toward securing a bid for and beginning construction on the gun range since 2011, when the project was proposed as a key element of the initial CCPD project list.
“The Deer Park Police Firearms Training Facility was a primary goal and key focus of the Crime Control and Prevention District’s long-term plans in 2011, and it is soon to become a reality,” Grigg said. “After five years of site visits, research, and community outreach, we are very excited to move forward with this project.”
Grigg said cost estimates for the gun range were initially derived from the La Porte Police Department, who had recently rebuilt their gun range.
However, after additional research and property acquisition associated with the construction of Patrick’s Bayou – which provided an alternate location for the range – the PD further developed their design to include with a state of the art bullet trap and baffles as well as a larger classroom.
“We have come a long way from our initial design, which would only provide 25 yards of distance in the gun range,” Grigg said. “The old range location on X Street had no training building or parking, but our new location at the 100 block of Luella includes both those amenities plus a 100-yard range.”
To complete plans for the new facility, Grigg said the department conducted extensive outreach with the residents in the area surrounding the gun range site.
“In addition to visiting gun ranges around the state to find the best models and features, we also made contact with residents in about 40 homes during our research process,” Grigg said. “We talked with them about decibel readings and other impacts of having the range near their homes, and did not receive any opposition.
“Interestingly enough, we discovered that the berm design to be used for the range should actually reduce the existing noise heard by the neighborhood from State Highway 225.”
Grigg said the Firearms Training Facility will provide strong benefits for the City and the Police Department.
“This complex will provide the officers of this city with an area to train without having to beg, borrow or pay other agencies for the use of their training facilities,” he said. “Upon completion of this facility, the Police Department will be able to schedule training classes around our schedule and minimize the need for excessive overtime.
“We will also be able to provide our SWAT officers with 16 hours of training each month, limit our liability through greater proficiency in accuracy and tactics, and offer public gun safety and shooting days.”


Staffing

Objective: Add a Crime Prevention Officer position by the end of FY 2011-12

The Deer Park Police Department established the Crime Prevention Officer position in FY 2011-12.

According to DPPD Captain Wade Conner, the goal of the position was to “establish programs that have emphasis on reducing crime in the city, as well as enhancing the communication and partnerships between our citizens, businesses and the police department.”

The Crime Prevention Officer was tasked with:

• Studying crime trends and developing procedures/programs to reduce their occurrence and minimize associated loss;

Receiving 2013 - Crime Prevention Agency of the Year Award

• Working with other police officers, supervisors, investigative personnel and agencies to gather information;

• Establishing a working relationship with governmental and non-governmental crime prevention programs to exchange information on past, current and planned crime prevention activities; and

• Initiate programs and publications including Business Watch, Neighborhood Watch and the
Lock Box program, resulting in the direct involvement of thousands of residents.

Through the work of the Crime Prevention Officer, DPPD received awards and distinctions
including:

2013 - Crime Prevention Agency of the year (small agency = less than 100,000 population)

2013 - Crime Prevention Specialist of the year (small agency)

2014 – Agency Outstanding Media Award

Certified Crime Prevention Specialist –enables the Crime Prevention Officer to do residential home security assessments and Commercial security assessments.

“Since we’ve started working more closely with our residents and businesses, I would definitely say our relationship with the community has improved,” DPPD Crime Prevention Officer Tina Taylor said. “Through additional programs and information sharing, as well as maintaining a presence on social media, we have worked to keep our neighborhood and business communities educated and informed.”

Objective: Increase the Communications Unit staffing by the end of FY 2011-12

Communications unit staff, also known as dispatchers, are expected to deliver a multitude of services that range from providing over-the-phone directions for life saving first aid procedures to locating lost pets.  Communications Unit personnel provide critical support to the Deer Park Police Department by providing data entry assistance to the Records Unit, Patrol and Investigations Bureau.

Dispatcher taking a callDispatchers also maintain records of all restraining orders and warrants to ensure 24-hour access.  They also handle all walk-ins after hours and on weekends. Upon the inception of the CCPD, the Deer Park Police Department added three communications unit positions to the departmental budget and have held support for the positions since.
 
According to DPPD Chief Greg Grigg, the addition of the three positions would not only reduce planned overtime costs incurred due to scheduling existing staff, but would also provide additional support in the event of an emergency.



Technology

Objective: Purchase a Cellebrite UFED System by the end of FY 2011-12

The Cellebrite UFED Forensic System – purchased during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 fiscal years - is a stand-alone mobile device which can be used in the field.

Its purpose is to extract vital data such as phone book, pictures, videos, text messages, call logs, ESN and IMEI information from over 2500 models of mobile devices and is compatible with any wireless carrier. The system also has application in property recovery.

“Previously, devices have to be taken to offsite locations for analysis and the turnaround time is approximately six months,” said DPPD Captain Wade Conner. “With this device, investigators have instant access to the information needed which would greatly increase the chance of solving cases and shorten case disposition times. 

“Since we purchased the system, there have been about 30 phones data downloads we have been able to complete almost instantly.”

During the 2014-15 fiscal year, $14,000 of approved CCPD funds were utilized to purchase upgrades/add-ons, license fees and certified training, which would allow the department to make even better use of the system.

“With the new material we purchased for Cellebrite during the 2014-15 fiscal year, we’re now able to retrieve deleted material, unlock some locked phones and get data from third party applications,” DPPD Sgt. Jason Meredith said. “If evidence is recovered, we are able to act on it then and there, not wait six months before moving forward.”


Objective: Obtain a Morpho-Trak Latent Processing Station by the end of FY 2011-12

Morpho-Trak Fingerprint

During the process of finalizing the initial CCPD two-year plan, the department identified the Morpho-Trak Latent Processing station, a fingerprint identification system designed to provide latent print examiners with critical information needed to solve cases and take criminals off the streets efficiently and accurately.  Through this latent station the user can create, track, review, and perform quality checks on lifted prints, saving time which would increase the possibility of identifying and finding the suspects responsible for the crime.

Since the establishment of the CCPD and approval of the purchase in earlier budgets, the price for the system was reduced drastically and therefore was able to be purchased without CCPD funds.   

“The purchase of a latent processing station reduces the work load of DPS, where the department sends fingerprints for comparison, and drastically reduces the wait time for results from up to 7 months to a few hours,” DPPD Captain Wade Conner said. “Within a week of the purchase, the system was helpful in identifying one suspect in a burglar case for Deer Park Police and partially identifying one suspect for Precinct 8 Constables Office.”


Objective: Budget for OSSI consortium conversion fees, agency and system licensing fees, and the enterprise fund

During fiscal year 2009-10, the Deer Park Police Department transitioned from the New World System’s AS400 platform to SunGard’s OSSI Public Safety Solution in order to join a multi-agency consortium who utilized the same software. These agencies, connected via fiber optic cable, had the ability to share data with one another.

In fiscal year 2011-12, DPPD paid the one-time consortium conversion fee of $31,554, allowing them to share data with cities including League City, Friendswood, Webster, La Porte, Alvin and Nassau Bay. Today, the consortium includes a total of 13 agencies in Harris and Galveston Counties.

“Now that we are part of the OSSI consortium, we have access to use other agencies’ data, so we can see if other law enforcement entities have encountered any of our current suspects,” said Ernestina Palomares, Crime Analyst. “Citizens can also utilize the Police-to-Citizens program to see historical calls and access incidents including traffic accident reports.”



 Objective: Replace Communications Center radio consoles and consolettes by the end of FY 2011-12

The two police dispatch console stations were replaced in the FY 2011-12 using CCPD funds. These consoles were to be funded over a five year period, beginning with the down payment in FY 2010-11 and subsequent annual payments of $43,000 over the next four years.  The fifth and final payment is included in the FY 2015-16 CCPD budget in the amount of $49,972.

“Replacing the Communications Center’s consoles and consolettes was about making certain we are in compliance with FCC regulations and ensuring that our radios are interoperable with surrounding agencies and state mandated channels,” said Kellie Bass, Communications Supervisor. “We also want our equipment to be able to convert from analog to digital, so even if other agencies’ equipment isn’t updated, we can still communicate effectively.

“With respect to the safety of our officers, our new radios are also capable of assigning an officer to a radio ID, and having that capability saved us from having to spend $20,000 on additional software to achieve the same goal.”


New objective: Purchase the Platescan license plate recognition system

During fiscal year 2012-13, the Platescan system was purchased.  This system is attached to a patrol vehicle and is constantly scanning license plates that come into view of the police vehicle.  As a result, officers were notified of vehicles associated with wanted subjects. 

In the first three months after installation, the Platescan lead to 87 traffic stops.  Of the 87 stops 58 led to contact of the wanted subject.  Of these stops 2 stolen vehicles were recovered and 110 warrants were cleared.   The clearance of these warrants resulted in approximately $22,500.

The Deer Park Police now have four of these systems.  Two were purchased with CCPD funds.  The other two were purchased using general funds.


Equipment/Assets

Objective: Begin constructing a semi-enclosed police firing range by the end of FY 2014-15

Police Department Firing Range

The Deer Park Police Firearms Training Facility was a primary goal and key focus of the districts long-term plans, and it is soon to become a reality. Initially, costs were derived from La Porte Police Department who had recently built their own gun range. After additional research and acquisition of property adjacent to the new Patrick Bayou storm water detention basin; which provided an alternate location for the range; the PD further developed their design to include with a state of the art bullet trap and a larger classroom.

A committee was formed consisting of several employees of the police department.  These employees went to several other ranges to get ideas to build one ideal for Deer Park Police. 

The plans for the range and classroom are now being drawn by G2 Architects and discussed with Deer Park Public Works and Deer Park Police.  The construction will soon go out for bid. 

Firing Range Plans

“We are projecting that the range will be complete during the first quarter of the FY 2015-16 budget year,” said DPPD Lt. Frank Hart. “Not only will the facility provide the members of DPPD a consistently accessible location to complete firearms and other types of training, but the design of the range is such that it may serve to decrease sound levels that reach nearby neighborhoods.”

Objective: Update the fleet with high water, patrol, and undercover vehicles by the end of FY 2012-13
DPPD Patrol Vehicles

Since the inception of the CCPD, a total DPPD Patrol Tahoesof 18 vehicles including all necessary equipment have been purchased. Additionally, the police department is in the process of purchasing seven more vehicles as approved in the 2014-15 budget, and eight additional vehicles were requested in the fiscal year 2015-16 budget.







DPPD High Water Fleet
The high water fleet has been increased and maintained annually using CCPD funds, and there have been three times in the last month we wouldn't have been able to respond to calls without those vehicles said DPPD Sgt. Jason Meredith. Also, our Chevrolet Tahoes, purchased in FY 2013-14, are without question the best patrol vehicle we've ever had. They have important features including license plate recognition, which allows the vehicles to scan license plates for associated warrants or check if a vehicle is stolen