The Shepherd Forest Civic Club recognizes that crime continues to be the #1 concern of our residents and is working very hard with the Houston Police Department to get our Citizens on Patrol program reactivated. Any resident that wishes to participate in the Citizens on Patrol program MUST ATTEND an HPD training session. Although HPD officially recognizes only the patrol hours of those patrollers driving vehicles through the neighborhood, the SFCC will also be collecting "patrol" hours from residents who are out walking themselves or their dogs. These "walking patrollers" are just as important as those driving their vehicles as they are able to be the "eyes and ears" for HPD and report any suspicious or criminal activity. Regardless of how you choose to patrol our neighborhood, you must attend the HPD training AND have a cleared background check.
The last training for the Citizens on Patrol volunteers that we held was on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at HPD North Station, 9455 West Montgomery, Houston, Texas 77088. Prior to the meeting, you must have completed and submited an application/background check form available at www.houstontx.gov/police/vip/vip_citzpatrol.htm. Scroll down to the blue highlighted area that says DOWNLOADING A CITIZENS PATROL APPLICATION and Criminal History Authorization Form.
Submit the form to HPD by any of these methods: 1) Fax to HPD Officer Nicole Carter/Community Services at 832-394-3804 2) Email the document as an attachment to HPD Office Carter at email@example.com 3) Mail the document to Officer Nicole Carter, HPD Community Services, 9455 West Montgomery, Houston, Texas 77088 4) Turn your completed form in to any SFCC officer by September 4th
Patrollers are asked to patrol 4 hours per month, but scheduling and frequency are left totally up to the individual patroller. If you are unable to attend the June 20th training, the next training will take place in mid-August. Regardless of which training you attend, you MUST submit your application/background check form prior to the meeting.
Of course none of this can go forward unless we have a COP Coordinator. In addition to being trained as noted above, the COP Coordinator also collects patrol hours and information from the group, records criminal activity, recruits other patrollers, and completes a few simple data forms to be submitted to HPD each month. If you are interested in becoming the COP Coordinator for Shepherd Forest, submit your COP application to HPD by June 13, attend training on June 20, and then contact any Civic Club officer or Board Member, or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your name.