Located in North Richmond, Beat one is everything north of Clay Street. The area of town commonly known as The Heights and includes George Park.
Officer Emanuel Vasquez
In the month of March, I met three new residents. I met Leticia Castellano, Victor Guerrero and Cecilia Alvarenga. I learned that Ms. Castellano has been residing in the Jenny Lane community for approximately twelve years. Ms. Castellano informed me that she was concerned with the high volume of non-residential traffic that commutes to the rear of the street. I advised Ms. Castellano that when she notices the high volume of traffic to contact the Police Department. Mr. Guerrero has been residing in the Jenny Lane community for about a year. He advised that he has no concerns at this time. I advised Mr. Guerrero if any concerns arise, to contact me at the Police Department. Ms. Alvarenga has been residing in the Heights community for approximately seven years. While speaking to Ms. Alvarenga, I learned that she is a homemaker. Ms. Alvarenga did inform me about the speeding traffic that travels to and from George Park. I informed Ms. Alvarenga that Officer Morales and I have concentrated our efforts in monitoring the afternoon traffic traveling to George Park.
I also made contact with Mr. Marin and he has no concerns at the time. I advised Mr. Marin if any concerns arise to please contact me at the Police Department. Also this month I located a junk vehicle in the 1200 block of Fair Oaks Street. I contacted the owner via junk vehicle notice. I was not able to personally contact the owner, but next month I will continue my efforts to personally contact the owner. I want to thank Master Sgt. Neinast for coordinating the 1st Annual Adrian Mello Top Gun Competition.
Isabel Salinas, the RSO for Beat 1, remains in custody of Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Officer Prinshere Hall
This month I made three new contacts in Beat 1. I met with Peter Green, Ruby Gonzales, and Juan Marin this month. I met Peter Green as I was driving past his residence and he politely waved. I decided to stop and introduce myself to Mr. Green. Mr. Green explained to me that the only complaint he has is the debris piling up in his neighbors yard that lives directly across from him. Mr. Green explained that his neighbor’s house recently caught on fire and they are in the process of cleaning and gutting it out. Mr. Green shared that he was going to be patient and that he understood the hardship. Mr. Green did not have any other concerns or complaints. I left Mr. Green with one of my business cards.
I made contact with Ruby Gonzales as she was walking with her children along Collins Rd. Ms. Gonzales explained that she frequently walks her children here to see the livestock animals. I observed Ms. Gonzales ask her children to name the animals, the sounds they make, and their colors. Ms. Green told me her only concern was speeding traffic down her street. Ms. Gonzales explained that it usually happens on game days at George Park. I gave Ms. Gonzales a business card and encouraged her to contact the PD when this occurs or if any other concerns arise.
I made contact with Mr. Marin this month as he was loading his trailer in his driveway. Mr. Marin shared with me that he has been living at his residence for thirty five years and this is the quietest it has ever been on his street. Mr. Marin told me that there has always been gang activity on his street, but presently there is none. Mr. Marin expressed his appreciation to the Richmond Police Department for the visible positive changes. I left Mr. Marin a business card as well.
This month I was also able to stop by Jane Long Elementary. During my visit students and staff were very busy with testing. I familiarized myself with the school’s layout and met the principal and other staff members. As students were traveling the hallways en route to testing areas I encouraged them to do well on their testing. I was unable to speak to students due to testing, but I remained in the hallways so that several classes would see me. I waved, smiled, gave hi-fives, and hugs to students as they passed me in the hallways so that the presence of the police would be a positive experience for them. Principal Nehls requested a second visit from me at the end of this month. Ms. Nehls asked me to speak to certain students who were disobeying the school’s crossing guard. I spoke with the group of students and explained how they were jeopardizing their safety and all of the dangers involved. The students understood and agreed to behave properly in the future.
I located a junk vehicle this month at 1305 Fair Oaks. Unfortunately I was unable to make contact with the owner; however I left a junk vehicle notice at the residence. I will be checking back and following up on this junk vehicle during the first part of April.
I checked on Ms. Hall again this month. Ms. Hall seems to always be in good spirits because she really enjoys visits. I brought a sack lunch and Ms. Hall and I had lunch together this month. Ms. Hall and I took pictures during our lunch. We decided that we would print the pictures out for Ms. Hall to have. Ms. Hall said when she is feeling lonely she can look at the pictures and reflect on this good memory.
I checked this month and Isabel Salinas the RSO in Beat 1 is currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Corrections.