At a press conference Thursday afternoon in the HPD Police chief conference room, Chief Charles McClelland announced that this October, the International Chiefs of Police Alliance will present a prestigeous award to the Houston Police Department for excellence in public-private cooperation. The award honors the Greater Houston Loss Prevention Alliance, an interactive program promote shopper safety and client safety in and around places of business. HPD was judged best in the nation and it will became a model for other cities.
Senior Police Officer James Sabroda lead the HPD portion of the program. He explained that he Greater Houston Loss Prevention Alliance was formed over 4 years ago so that major retailers and police officers could work together to reduce crime in and around retail stores.
Brian Paul chaired the alliance and spearheaded the alliance on the private retail side. He stated, “We have a lot of talent in the city, mostly with the loss prevention managers of major retailors." The group has accomplished a lot of positive private campaigns. They are competitors, but they have been able to capture a collaboratve effort and bring it alongside the HPD. The alliance has been able to reduce crime not only in the parking lots of our various businesses but also in the surrounding communities. "We are proud of the relationship with HPD and what we have been able to accomplish." The nine parteners are CVS, Family Dollar, Fiesta, H-E-B, Kroger, Randalls, Target, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart. Chief McCllelan did not have specific statistics on the amount of reductions, but he stated that a noticable reduction had occurred in the past three years since the task force has was formed.
Chief McCllellan then reiminded the public that summer vacation is ending. School zones have not been enforced in the summer. Our officers will be out in force to enforce the reduced speed zones in school zones. Motorists are advised to be extra cautions, even when it appears that an area is clear. We also advise parents to warn children of “stranger danger.” Children should not accept rides or talk with strangers. Parents should also assure that a responsible caretaker can supervise children. Other neighborhoods have started “walking school busses.” Parents take turns walking groups of children home and assuring that each child enters his home safely before going on.
Finally, Chief McCllellan noted that this year is the 30th anniversary of National Night Out. The event will be celebrated in about 6 weeks. The evening encourages residents to come out to meet their neighbors and local police officers.