The La Porte Police Department is proud to announce the accomplishment reached by Sergeant Matt Novosad, Sergeant Brian Larkey, Officer Matt Parson, and Officer Chris Paige. These four officers graduated with a Masters certification in School Based Law Enforcement. They are only the second group of officers in the state of Texas to achieve this status. Congratulations to these officers.
The La Porte Police Department is now hiring Lateral Police Officers with starting pay beginning at up to seven (7) years experience. You must either have an active TCOLE Peace Officer License or be enrolled in a Basic Peace Officer Course. For those interested, apply online at https://www.laportetx.gov/1146/Police-Department .
It was so amazing to see all of the smiling little faces today! The backpack giveaway was very successful! We could not have pulled it off without all of the La Porte Community Partners, industry partners,
the La Porte Community and a wonderful group of volunteers!
The La Porte Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the male subject depicted in this video. On Sunday, July 23rd, 2023, this male subject took a lawn mower from the driveway of a residence in the 500 block of Winburn Tide Ln. The male pulls up in a light colored small truck, possibly a Chevrolet, and parks along the curb. The male is then seen walking up to the driveway, waving towards the house, and taking the lawn mower which was sitting behind the resident’s vehicle. The resident was still completing the yard work and had just stepped inside when the lawn mower was taken. The subject then walks off with the mower, loads it up in the bed of the truck, and leaves. If you recognize this male subject, his vehicle, or have any information on this case or surveillance footage, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division Secretary Amy Haire and reference case number 23-02384. You may remain anonymous when reporting on this, or any other case investigation, and you may be eligible for a cash reward through Houston Crime Stoppers if the individual is identified and charged.
The La Porte Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the two male suspects depicted in this video. On Monday, July 24th, 2023, the two male suspects in this video broke into the drive thru window at Slim Chickens, 8940 Spencer Hwy at approx. 0241 hours. The suspects come through a hole in the fence from the Pecan Plantation neighborhood making their way across the small open area to the drive thru window. Once the window is pried open both suspects make entry, crawling along the floor until the alarm is triggered. Both of these “slim chickens” exit through the window and run back to the hole in the fence, last seen leaving on foot. Both suspects are dressed in all black with their faces partially covered. If you recognize these suspects or have any information on this case, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division Secretary Amy Haire and reference case number 23-02395. You may remain anonymous when reporting on this, or any other case investigation, and you may be eligible for a cash reward through Houston Crime Stoppers if the individual is identified and charged.
TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY! COME OUT AND HELP US FILL THE BUS!!! Meet us in the parking lot of Kroger located at 1300 W. Fairmont Pkwy from 9AM-2PM to drop off your donation!
We welcome the opportunity to partner with your business and/or organization to help with this endeavor. Our goal is to prepare up to 500 children with needed school supplies, including backpacks. School supply items requested are:
Mesh pencil bags
Fiskars Scissors 5’
2 inch-3 ring binders
We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Raising Cane’s for their incredibly generous donation of 500 kids’ meal coupons for our upcoming backpack giveaway! 🎒💕 With your contribution, we can ensure that each child who attends our event receives a backpack filled with essential school supplies and enjoys a delicious meal at Raising Cane’s. Your kindness will bring smiles to the faces of countless young ones, and we couldn’t be more grateful! 😄🙏 Raising Cane’s commitment to our community and dedication to making a positive impact is truly commendable. We can’t thank them enough for being such an integral part of our Back to School initiative. Together, we are making a real difference!
🚔TRAFFIC TIP TUESDAY🚔 Leaving the scene of an accident that causes damage or injuries is illegal in Texas. The criminal charge is called Fail to Stop and Give Information (FSGI) or Fail to Stop and Render Aid (FSRA) and is also known generically as a “hit and run.” If you find yourself involved in an accident, be a good Texan. Make sure everyone involved is okay, contact emergency services if needed, and exchange information. Drive safe!
We are 10 days away from our Fill the Bus event! How can you help? So glad you asked!!!
Ways to support:
*Collect supplies in your neighborhood, business or as a family and meet us in the parking lot of Kroger on the 28th to help fill the bus!
*Make a monetary donation to help to purchase backpacks, supplies or to assist with payment for the 100 haircuts certificates we will be giving away. Donations can be made via PayPal to @RotaryLPTX and specify “Fill the Bus!”
*Share this information with others! Share! Share! Share!
Thanks to ongoing assistance from a Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) “Operation Slow Down” grant, the La Porte Police Department (LPPD) will join forces with police departments statewide to get Texas drivers to slow down. The targeted enforcement dates for the grant are July 14 through July 30, 2023.
Under this grant, LPPD will deploy additional officers on an overtime basis to focus on areas in our community where crashes have hurt and killed friends and loved ones.
TxDOT reports one-third of all traffic deaths in Texas are speed-related. The focus on speed is part of TxDOT’s #EndTheStreakTX campaign. There has not been a day without at least one fatality on Texas roadways since November 7, 2000.
For more information on the La Porte Police Department’s involvement in the state’s various S.T.E.P. programs, contact the agency at 281-842-3115. Please follow us on Facebook at @LaPortePoliceDepartment.
The La Porte Police Department would like to remind residents that fireworks are illegal in the City of La Porte. Continuing to use them not only disrupts your neighbors and scares some animals, but also ties up our 9-1-1 lines.
Please report the illegal use of fireworks to our non-emergency number at 281-471-2141.
The La Porte Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the Male depicted in this video. On Sunday June 18, 2023, the Male subject in this video entered the Washateria located in the 3100 block of South Broadway Street. He was later captured on separate video footage inside the washateria removing another customer of the store’s laundry and placing the stolen clothing into two separate dryers. He then finishes drying the stolen clothing, folds the items and makes a “Clean” getaway, leaving the store with them. Witnesses at the washateria believe the individual depicted in this video lives in one of the several apartment complexes near the store location. If you recognize this individual, please contacted Criminal Investigations Division Secretary Amy Haire and reference case number 23-01980. You may remain anonymous when providing information on this, or any other case, and a cash reward may be available through Crime Stoppers if the individual is identified and charged. Thank you for your assistance.
Great things are happening at the La Porte Police Department! We are proud to announce a few promotions.
Assistant Chief Doug Ditrich was promoted to the rank of Chief of Police and was officially sworn in
Tuesday, May 23, 2023. Lieutenant Scott Pullig was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police and was officially sworn in Tuesday, May 23, 2023. Sergeant Brion Boznango was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was officially sworn in Tuesday, May 30, 2023. Officer Joshua Willhoite was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was officially sworn in Tuesday, May 30, 2023.
Congratulations to all!
A formal ceremony will be held later! Join us in congratulating each of them!
This morning, La Porte PD SWAT members and @Texas Made Boxing & Fitness athletes completed the Murph Workout. The Murph workout honors the life of Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan.
The Murph Workout is not just a physical test, but also a mental and emotional one. Participants are pushed to their limits and are encouraged to keep pushing through the pain and exhaustion, just as Lieutenant Murphy did during his final moments. The event is held annually on Memorial Day, and people from all over the world come together to honor Lieutenant Murphy and all those who have given their lives in service to our country. The Murph Workout is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by our military and a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
The workout consists of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 air squats, followed by another 1-mile run.
May we never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Former La Porte Police Officer David Hardy stopped by the police department today in his polished DPS Trooper uniform. Trooper Hardy recently completed the DPS Academy in Austin and is on his way to his new duty station in east Texas. The department is grateful for his service to the City of La Porte and wants to wish Trooper Hardy the absolute best in his new duty station. Stay safe Trooper Hardy!
During the early morning hours on Friday, May 5, 2023, La Porte Police Department Detectives arrested several individuals who were in possession of multiple catalytic converters which appeared to have been removed from Toyota Tundras. If you have been the victim of a catalytic converter theft but have not yet reported it to the police, please contact La Porte Police Department Sergeant A. Bish at 281-842-3124 or Detective J. Dalton at 281-842-3144. Thank you.
What a great time at the Colonial House Appreciation Brunch!! Thanks to Anita, Robert, and the entire Colonial House Crew for a wonderful Appreciation Brunch! Thanks to all who stopped in to say hello!
La Porte Police Department is seeking motivated individuals who would like to become a part of our team! Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills, have a strong interest in serving the public, and be willing to work a variety of shifts including weekends, midnights, and holidays.
Early today at Rice University, several La Porte Police Department police officers participated in a charity truck pull event benefitting Special Olympics. We want to give a special shout-out to officers (pictured below) Jason Ellis, Olivia Garza, Steven Macon, Rene Hernandez, Louis Norman, and Yesenia Rodriguez. They were great ambassadors to our department and they represented us well. Thank you.
Also, K9 “Choir Boy” was present but he was too busy making new friends to participate in the truck pull.
The La Porte Police Department would like the public to be aware of porch thefts in the area of Fairmont West. During the early morning hours of Saturday, 04/01, two suspects can be seen taking a cooler off of a front porch. If anyone knows who these two suspects are please contact the police department, as of now a report has not been made but the victim wanted the public to be aware.
The La Porte Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the Male individual shown in this picture. During the late evening hours on Tuesday, 01/31/23, this Male subject left Kroger with a cart of items that he failed to pay for. The male loads up his vehicle and leaves the location. The male was seen leaving in the black Cadillac pictured. The REGISTERED OWNER of this vehicle NO longer owns it and it is unknown who has the vehicle now.
If you recognize the individual shown in this picture or the vehicle, please contact La Porte Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Secretary Amy Haire and reference case number 23-00368. You may be eligible for a cash reward if this individual is identified and charged. You may also remain anonymous when reporting on this, or any other cases seen on this forum.
OEM and LPPD will be hosting an Active Shooter Employee Training – Run Hide Fight. The objective of this training session is to equip employees with the necessary knowledge and skills to protect themselves in the event of an active shooter situation.
We understand that everyone’s safety is the top priority, and we would like to do our part in ensuring that each employee is equipped to handle such a situation.
The training is entirely free and open to every employee in the city. You can select the location and time that suits you best and register accordingly.
The La Porte Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the Male individual depicted in this video. During the late evening hours of Thursday March 23, 2023, this Male subject entered an occupied residential house in the 11700 block of North Avenue L. The intruder was immediately discovered by a homeowner and the suspect left the house with no further incident.
The individual was then captured on store video surveillance footage just one block away and was last seen walking south on Sens Road.
If you recognize the individual depicted in this video, please contact La Porte Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Secretary Amy Haire and reference case number 23-00946. You may be eligible for a cash reward if this individual is identified and charged. You may also remain anonymous when reporting on this, or any other cases seen on this forum.
The La Porte Police Department is improving transparency by making public records easily accessible to the public. Requestors of public information will now have the option of submitting Open Records Requests through an online form. While other methods for submitting requests are still available, The La Porte Police Department is excited to be able to offer a more convenient option.
Steve Deardorff joined the La Porte Police Department in July of 1982. He served as a patrol officer until April 1986 at which time he was promoted and assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division as a Detective Sergeant. When the department was reorganized, he was moved back to the Patrol Division serving as a Patrol Sergeant. In January 1997, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and remained in the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander. In 2003 he returned to CID as Criminal Investigation Division Commander. In August 2008, he was appointed Assistant Chief and served as the Patrol Bureau Commander. As the Assistant Chief of the Patrol Bureau, he was responsible for all patrol operations including bike patrol, K9’s, traffic enforcement, accident investigations, field training, jail operations, and commercial vehicle enforcement. He also served the department as a SWAT operator, supervisor, and Commander of the team. He is a firearms training instructor and served as the department’s range master for many years.
Steve received numerous awards and commendations during his tenure at the La Porte Police Department. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Police Science (1980) and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management (1987), all from Sam Houston State University. Also, he graduated from the FBI Executive Leadership Course and the Command Staff Leadership Course. He served on the Baytown Police Departments Training Academy Advisory Board and served as an adjunct firearms instructor for the University of Houston/Downtown Criminal Justice Training Center. He was a member of the United States Practical Shooting Association, and he competed in shooting sports for over 35 years at the local, regional, state, and national levels. Steve is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Texas Tactical Police Officer’s Association.
Steve grew up in the area and currently resides in Deer Park with his wife Kelly. Steve is looking forward to spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He will now have time to do more hunting, and fishing and spend time in his workshop putting custom knives together. Happy Retirement Chief!
The Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. The program’s focus is two-fold: to teach techniques to recognize and reduce risk and increase awareness in potentially dangerous situations and to provide you with hands-on defense training.
La Porte Police Department Case # 23-00441 – Theft of wallet The La Porte Police Department is looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the two Male suspects depicted in this video. During regular business hours on February 8, 2023, the two Male subjects entered the “5 Star Washeteria” located in the 3900 block of Underwood Road near West Fairmont. The subjects asked if they could utilize a wall outlet to charge their cell phones and were allowed to enter the business for that purpose. When the duo left however, they were captured on video stealing a customer’s wallet which was sitting on a folding table directly behind where the victim was standing. The two thieves then left and got away “clean” with her wallet and the contents. If you know either of the two suspects depicted in this video, please contact the La Porte Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Secretary Amy Haire at 281-842-3173 and reference case number 23-00441. You may remain anonymous for these types of investigations and there may be a cash reward available through Houston Crime Stoppers if the suspects are identified and charged.
The La Porte Police Department is now hiring Lateral Police Officers paying up to seven (7) years’ experience. You must either have an active TCOLE Peace Officer License or be enrolled in a Basic Peace Officer Course. For those interested, apply online at http://laportetx.gov/1146/Police-Department.
La Porte Police Department hosted “Family Night” last night to welcome officer’s families to our department and explain how we operate and what we offer through the course of their careers. We also talked about different stressors the officers may encounter and the resources we offer to help them cope with the demands of the job, as well as the importance of strong family support away from the job.
February is Relationship Wellness Month so the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council is coming to your community to “spill the tea” on the characteristics of a healthy relationship and also recognize relationships that may be potentially abusive.
Join us at La Porte Branch Library, located at 600 S. Broadway, for a conversation on relationships and also share your thoughts on how your community can address the issue of domestic violence and discuss available resources for victims.