MISSOURI CITY (Covering Fort Bend News) - In an in-depth presentation to Missouri City Councilmembers at their recent Regular Meeting, Missouri City Police Chief Mike Berezin provided the department’s annual report, detailing operations from crime prevention efforts to community engagement and the open data initiative.
Chief Berezin told members he is “impressed” with the performance of the MCPD team and that their “approach isn’t [primarily] enforcement, it is education and prevention working with our citizens to keep them informed and engaged.”
While Berezin highlighted a compilation of metrics and statistics to illustrate MCPD’s performance over the past year, two officers displayed a new crime-fighting tool the department now has in its arsenal: unmanned aerial vehicles. Council was able to see the drones first-hand and to learn about the value they bring to policing.
In his overview of programs and services administered by Police and Code Enforcement, which is managed by the department, Berezin highlighted that:
- The department’s crime solve rate is at 28 percent, compared to the average of 17 percent for agencies statewide;
- MCPD is still one of the top agencies in the State when it comes to earning a “Re-Recognized Accreditation Status”. Fewer than 40 police organizations in the State have been recognized three times and the Missouri City Police Department is among those that have achieved this status;
- In 2018, the code enforcement division conducted a total of 14,545 actions, including inspections, follow-up inspections and removal of signs;
- Property crime, the most pervasive in the city, is down 16 percent; and
- DDACTS (Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety) continues to be essential in reducing the incidence of crime, crashes and traffic violations by drawing on the deterrent of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crime often involves the use of motor vehicles. In the first year of implementation—2016-2017— MCPD recorded 56,149 contacts and in the second year of implementation—2017-2018—the department recorded 84,967 contacts.
Councilmembers and City Manager Anthony J. Snipes thanked Chief Berezin for the “amazing work MCPD does every day to protect and serve the citizens.” Snipes also said the “department continues to set a standard of excellence that keeps MCTX a safe, scenic City that is rated one of America’s “BEST” places to live, work, play and visit.”
As part of the City’s commitment to public safety, MCPD reminds residents that during the summer, criminals are often on the lookout for items that can be taken at a moment’s notice. Unlocked doors, open windows and open garage doors all provide a temptation to steal valuables, such as bikes, packages, cell phones and purses left in plain view.
Here are some safety tips to keep you, your family and property safe:
- Lock your doors and close your garage doors at all times, even if you’re just running a quick errand;
- Keep your porch light on; this can be a deterrent and prevent break-ins;
- Don’t post your personal/vacation plans on social media. While on vacation, residents are encouraged to utilize the “Vacation House Watch” program through which an officer is scheduled to check on your home while you are away. You can register for this program on the City’s website here: http://bit.ly/2Oe1edp; and
- If you see something suspicious, say something! Call the Police Department non-emergency line at 281-403-8700.
Additionally, Missouri City has a juvenile curfew ordinance for individuals 17 and younger: hours are 11 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and one minute after midnight on Friday and Saturday.