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News and notes from Chief Ray Schultz

December 14, 2018

Thank you for the overwhelming response to attend the December RAD training class. The class is now full, and a waiting list has been established. Another RAD training is being scheduled for February 2019, for those of you that were not able to attend this session. Thank you for your interest and support of the RAD Program.

Twinkle Light Parade

The 2018 Twinkle Light Parade is quickly approaching. The parade is this coming Thursday, Dec. 20, beginning at Bunker Hill Elementary school at 6 p.m. The parade route will go east on Taylorcrest to Bunker Hill Road then south to Memorial Drive where it will turn west to Knipp, then North on Knipp back to Taylorcrest where it will turn west to Strey then south back to Memorial where it will turn west and conclude at Frostwood Elementary School. At Frostwood there will be additional performances by students from both elementary schools, Hot Chocolate, Cookies and sing-a-long Christmas carols. Put on your favorite Holiday sweater and join us along the route to support area students as the perform from floats in the parade. Impromptu parade/street parties are highly encouraged.

Food Drive

Canned food items: Our MVPD dispatchers have decided to collect canned food goods for an area food bank during the holiday’s. Yesterday, (Dec. 13), I went to look at how they are doing. Well, while they are giving it a valiant effort, I think they may need a little help as they would like to fill our lobby with canned goods. If anyone has any extra canned goods that you would like to donate to the MVPD food drive, please feel free to drop them off at the MVPD at any time between now and Dec. 21, 2018. The MVPD dispatch center never closes so they are there 24/7. We will deliver all of the food items to the food bank for use during the Holidays. Thank You.

Being neighborly

Over the next two weeks we expect there to be many parties and family gatherings, which will increase the need for guests to park on nearby streets. We are requesting that everyone be respectful of your neighbor’s property, grass and landscaping. Please ask your guests, not to park on private property without permission, block driveways or sidewalks, block Fire Hydrants, and to leave plenty of room for fire trucks to pass through should an emergency occur.

And since we are mentioning landscaping, persons who are visiting St. Francis school or church are asked to not drive over the new landscaping recently installed on North Piney Point Road. Some of this area use to be an open drainage ditch and the ground is still very soft. Vehicles have been causing deep trenches. The project looks terrific and new sidewalks are a welcome addition to the community.

Holiday House Watches

Our house watch registrations are already increasing for the Christmas/New Year’s Holiday. Remember, if you are going out of town, to register your property for our house-watch program online at www.mvpdtx.org or by calling us at 713-365-3700.

Police Commission

This past Monday (Dec. 10) was the last Police Commission meeting for Commissioner (and Chairman) Chris Alexander. Chris (a resident of Piney Point) has been a part of the Memorial Villages Police Commission for the past six years and has served twice as the Commission Chairman, in addition to having served on the Technology Committee, Personnel Committee and Audit Committee. Commissioner Alexander’s six-year commitment has served the Villages and the department well. His expertise assisted in the acquisition and implementation of a new Computer Aided Dispatch System (CAD), and the negotiations of several service, maintenance and equipment contracts. While Chris will be missed on the Commission, the rumor is that Mayor Kobeland has another volunteer opportunity in mind. Our many thanks to Commissioner Alexander for his many years of support and guidance.

Home alarms

After last Saturdays 2 home burglaries, several residents have made inquiries about arming home alarms during the night? And whether you should do that while asleep at home? The answer is yes, if your alarm has a “stay” feature. The “stay” or “at-home” feature arms your alarm and usually turns off interior motion detectors. (This is so you can still move throughout your home without setting off the alarm) This way, should someone enter the home during the night, without the proper code, an intrusion alarm is generated. Most systems make some type of interior sound that wake/notify you of entry into the home and if monitored, they notify us here at MVPD. If your alarm is not monitored, be sure and have our number programmed into your home or cell phone as a speed dial option, and of course you can always call 911. We will always respond to these types of alarms as priority events. Remember that these types of crimes are rare in the Villages. Here at the MVPD we staff our night shift just as strong as we do our dayshift teams. Our patrols are active and visible throughout the night.

Memorial Villages Police Chief Ray Schultz can be contacted at rschultz@mvpdtx.org.

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