TGCCPA - Serving the People of the Texas Gulf Coast
The Texas Gulf Coast Crime Prevention Association, a unit of the Texas Crime Prevention Association, is composed of concerned citizens, private security professionals, loss prevention experts, crime prevention specialists, public safety educators and law enforcement officers from theTexas Gulf Coast area.
We are founded on spreading the concepts of crime Prevention through sharing information on new programs and building partnerships.
We welcome the participation of individuals, companies and other organizations.
April 17-21 Crime Prevention 1 (CP1) hosted by Missouri City Police Department
May 29-June 02 Crime Prevention 2 (CP2) hosted by Missouri City Police Department
June 19-21 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) hosted by Missouri City Police Department
Another Scam is circulating - February, 2017
You might get a call from Microsoft Technical Support. They will ask you if you are having trouble with your computer. They might even say that they have received notifications from your computer that it has a virus. They will attempt to trick you into allowing them access to your computer to fix the problems. That is when your nightmare will begin. After showing you a few instances of virus or malware on your computer they will lock your computer and advise you to go to Walmart and purchase $50 and $100 iTunes gift cards totaling $300 and provide them the numbers. Then they will unlock your computer.
Microsoft does not have a tech support service that will call you out of the blue and ask to help you. If you want help from Microsoft, you must contact them. Do not allow anyone access to your computer or go to a website and download software if someone on the other end advises you to unless you know who they are.
Retired Harris County Deputy Paige, ran them around when they tried to get him to go to a website. They asked him to open Internet Explorer and said "Type in the URL window ......". He responded to them, "T Y P E I N T H E...." and they said no, "Enter in the URL window...." He responded back, "Oh, okay.... E N T E R I N T H E...". After about 15 minutes of them becomming frustrated with someone they thought was totally computer illeterate, they gave up and hung up the call. His computer is secure and there was never a problem with it.
Scams and the BBB
There are new scams created almost every day. Some are new and some are just re-invented old ones. Stay up to date with the BBB (Better Business Bureau). Get helpful numbers here. Or you can check out some of our other useful links.
Drinking and Driving Will Shatter Your Dreams!
On 04/07/15 The Dickinson High School Pals teamed up with the Dickinson Police Department, Dickinson Volunteer Fire Department, Dickinson Fire Marshal’s Office and Dickinson EMS to do their Shattered Dreams Program. The program is geared to show all young adults how drinking and driving can ruin your life or the lives of others. The Shattered Dreams Program took approximately a month and a half to film the footage needed for the DVD. Scenes were shot at Dickinson City Hall in the court room, Dickinson Police Department Jail Facility and on Owens Drive, which is located just outside the high school so students could come out and view the “mock major accident scene”. During the accident scene Pals students from the high school played the intoxicated driver, severely injured victims, and non-responsive students as well. An assembly was conducted the next day at the high school so all students could see the video, as well as hear from family members and friends of the students who in the video passed away. The whole program is an incredible movement in the right direction to show the consequences of drinking and driving. Special Thanks to Galveston County District Judge Kerry Neeves, Attorney at Law Neil Barron and Crowder Funeral Home.
Pictured: EMS Director Derek Hunt, Numerous Dickinson Volunteer Firefighters, Dickinson Police Officers Johnny Smith and Fidencio Gonzalez, Assistant Fire Marshal Stephan Ruthstrom, DVFD Chief Keith Morgan, The Walking Dead Students and of course “The Grim Reaper”!
Dickinson Police Department “Honor the Volunteers Award”
In its annual award ceremony honoring Dickinson’s Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association volunteers, the Dickinson Police Department recognized the many volunteers and their countless hours of service. From those who had contributed over 500 volunteer service hours, Marilyn and Louis Decker were selected to receive the 2015 DPD Pamper Package.
In addition to an escorted limo ride provided by Mr. Crowder and the Dickinson Police Department to the Moody Gardens Hotel and Resort, Mr. & Mrs. Decker enjoyed a one night stay in an exquisite suite with a balcony view overlooking the pyramids of Moody Gardens. Flowers, compliments of Crowder Deats Florist, added to the ambience of this special event. Complimentary champagne and chocolate covered strawberries provided by Moody Gardens set the tone for their dinner donated by Fish Tales on the Galveston Seawall. Finishing up their ‘night on the town’ Mr. & Mrs. Decker enjoyed the breakfast buffet there at the hotel before having to return to the ‘real world.’
At the Awards Ceremony Chief Morales noted that the department could not function as well as it does without the hard work and continued dedication of the DCPAAA members. A very special “Thank You” to all who make the organization and this Department the success it is!
2015 DCPAAA Award winners Marilyn and Louis Decker beginning their stay at Moody Gardens Hotel and Resort.
Dickinson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association Goes on the Road!
In the month of March the Dickinson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association went on a field trip to tour the Galveston Police Department. The tour is just one of the trips set for this year for the DCPAAA group. Alumni Liaison Officer Tony Valdez is setting up a series of field trips for alumni members to go out and visit facilities and participate in activities like driving on a police obstacle course. This program is designed to encourage and boost participation in their volunteer program. The trips are very impressive and knowledgeable. You learn a whole lot about the history and the unique functions of each police department.
From R to L: Galveston Police Sgt. Destin Sims, DCPAAA Members Nyna Burright, Shelley Newberry, Nannette Bolen and Marilyn Decker looking at several show cases of police badges and other gear of Galveston Police Department History.
We have drawn the winning ticket for the AR-15 raffle. The winner was Ticket #0046, Juan Naranju. The winning ticket was sold by Jose Amstutz. The ticket drawing was held on October 30th, 2014 at Dickinson Police Department and was drawn by Citizen Police Academy Alumni Member Nicole Brown.
Thanks to all for the help with the fundraiser!
CRIME PREVENTION ON THE GULF COAST
Texas Gulf Coast Crime Prevention Association is proud to recognize our region members who received Texas Crime Prevention Association State Awards and certifications at the Summer Conferece-2014 in College Station. Deer Park Officer Tina Taylor received the Outstanding Media Award, Victoria Police Officers John Turner – Outstanding Crime Prevention Specialist - Small Agency and Sgt. Chris Guerra accepted for the Victoria Police Department, the Outstanding Crime Prevention Agency - Small Agency Award. Also Missouri City Officer Evett Kelly and Deer Park Officer Tina Taylor received their Crime Prevention Specialist Certifications of the State of Texas. Once again TGCCPA is very proud of our members for their achievements and hard work to keep our organization growing.
TGCCPA would also like to extend its support and ideas to all law enforcement. Please feel free to contact us by emailor by public service Officer Tony Valdez President of TGCCPA (281) 337-6370.
Picture L to R:
TGCCPA President Officer Tony Valdez, Officer Evett Kelly, Officer Tina Taylor, TCPA President Sgt. Jeff McGowen, Sgt. Chris Guerra and Officer John Turner
On a different note: TGCCPA members won the conference Bowling Championship!
McGruff makes appearance
In October 2013, Officer Martinez, with the Angleton Police Department, escorted McGruff during the Brazoria County Fair Parade. In June 2013, BrazoriaCounty Sheriff's Deputy Brandy Chambers was with McGruff in Freeport for Safety Town.
On July 3, 2013, the Depot Childcare in Conroe, TX, celebrated their 4thof July parade alongside members of the Armed Forces, local veterans, Conroe Police Department, firemen and Smokeythe Bear. In addition, in partnership with the Texas Gulf Coast Crime Prevention Association, McGruff participated in the event. Over 700 people were in attendance this year. They even had a flyover from members of a World War II artifact group!
New Crimes to look for.
There are always new and / improved crimes popping up everywhere. Here’s one that may be popping up in a neighborhood near you. Maybe even in YOUR neighborhood! Click HERE for the video.
McGruff made an appearance at El Centro de Corazón’s recent event.
El Centro de Corazón is a community-based Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
which provides adult and pediatric primary care, women’s health, dental, and behavioral health services through five health centers. The mission of El Centro de Corazón is to promote the individual, community, and social health of the East End and the greater Houston area.
Their recent health and safety fair included educating the community about healthy eating habits, providing outreach programs for children, educating kids about anti-bullying and how to safely report a crime.
McGruff also made an appearance at Wilchester Elementary.Wilchester Elementary is in Spring Branch ISD and has 720 students enrolled in grades Pre-K through 5th grade.
Law Enforcement supporting their local supporters
On March 10 & 11that the Homes & Garden Show at the Convention Center-5400 Seawall on Galveston Island the 50 Club of Galveston County had a boothat the show. Officers from agencies in Galveston County came out to assist in selling memberships for the organization. The 50 Club of Galveston County was created for the dependants of officers in Galveston County. When an officer is injured or killed in the line of duty, they are there with immediate financial support. For more information you may contact Vivian Renfrow, recording secretary at (409) 763-8536. Pictured from left to right: Officer Tony Valdez, Vivian Renfrow 50 Club Secretary, Officer John Rutherford, Corporal John Velasco, Officer Bruce Stewart & DPD K-9 “Meka”
Our members assisted with an important fundraiser
TCPA and TGCCPA supported the Police Memorial Golf Tournament Fundraiser in Manor Texas at the Shadow Glen Country Club. Funds raised assisted in refurbishing the Texas Peace Officer Memorial.
TGCCPA takes home 8 awards from TCPA 2011 Summer Conference
Texas Gulf Coast Crime Prevention Association received 8 out of 18 awards in seven categories issued at the annual Texas Crime Prevention Association Summer Conference held in El Paso, TX, July 11-15, 2011.
TCPA is one of the oldest and largest crime prevention groups in the nation. The TCPA is a 501c3 organization, comprised of citizens, private security professionals, crime prevention specialists and law enforcement officers. TCPA and the nine Texas affiliates were created to prevent crime by sharing information on new programs and building partnerships throughout the State of Texas. Each year, TCPA selects members to receive awards based on their crime prevention efforts and achievements.
During the 2011 TCPA Summer Conference held in El Paso, TX, the following TGCCPA
members were recognized:
- Outstanding Crime Prevention Agency of the Year (Large Agency) - Harris County SO
- Outstanding Crime Prevention Agency of the Year (Small Agency) – Victoria Police PD
- Outstanding Crime Prevention Specialist of the Year (Large Agency) – Jose Amstutz, Montgomery County SO
- Outstanding Crime Prevention Specialist of the Year (Small Agency) – Tony Valdez, Dickinson PD
- Above and Beyond Award – Office Chris Guerra and Sergeant Felix Appelt, Victoria PD
- Outstanding Crime Prevention Media Award – Victoria Media Group
- Volunteer of the Year – John Cecil, Victoria Citizen Police Academy
- Louise Bocock’s Scholarship – Nicholette Schafer, Missouri City
The Texas Gulf Coast Crime Prevention Association is comprised of concerned citizens, private security professionals, loss prevention experts, crime prevention specialists, public safety educators and law enforcement officers from the Texas Gulf Coast area. TGCCPA was founded on spreading the concepts of crime prevention through sharing information on new programs and building partnerships. We welcome the participation of individuals, companies and other organizations.
2010 and 2011 Award Recipients pictured Left to Right standing: Jose Amstutz, Gerald Brousard and Michele Brousard (accepting for daughter Nicholette Schafer), Willie Whitman, Chris Guerra, Felix Appelt and Yvonne Cooper. Kneeling: Daniel McCool, Al Aranda, and Tony Valdez.
TGCCPA CRIME PREVENTION I training completed
Texas Gulf Coast Crime Prevention Association (TGCCPA) and the Harris County Sheriff’s Academy offered a comprehensive 40-hour Crime Prevention Certification Training Part I in November 2011. Attendees as far way as Dallas and Waco joined local Crime Prevention practitioners in making it one step closer to becoming a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist.
Visit our Training Page for upcoming training information.
Concerned about Crime Prevention?
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We'd like to help! Contact us for an experienced and knowledgeable speaker for your next community meeting. Call us or email any board member listed on our Membership page for more information.
Does your neighborhood need a crime prevention program, or inspiration for reviving the one you have now? TGCCPA has the tools and resources you need. Contact us for more information.
You may be a private security professional, loss prevention expert, crime prevention specialist, public safety educator or law enforcement officer. Or you may be a concerned citizen wanting to learn more about how to prevent crime and make your neighborhood safer. Join our membership by filling out the form (click here)... or attend one of our meetings and learn more about the organization and our goals.
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