Walking Tall with Walker, “Law Enforcement with Integrity”
CONSTABLE MAY WALKER’S
P R E C I N C T 7 N E W S L E T TE R
Volume 17 Summer 2011
Harris County Precinct 7
Constable May Walker Be Aware!
From the Desk of Be Careful!
Pct. 7 Happenings
CONSTABLE May Walker
Safety Tips 101
Scholarship Golf Classic
HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS National Night Out
5290 Griggs Road Victims of Homicide
Houston, Texas 77021 You are not Alone
Ending Violence Against
(713) 643-3428 FAX
(713) 643-6602 Pct. 7 Dispatch
● WEBSITE: www.hctx.net/conpct7 Click It Or Ticket
Celebrating Our Seniors
2011 Precinct 7 Job Fair
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FROM THE DESK OF THE CONSTABLE 2011 Precinct 7
Harris County Precinct 7 Constable May Walker,
Ministers Supporting Precinct 7, and Workforce
Solutions hosted their 6th Annual Job Fair. The event
quest that we pay specific attention to took place May 3, 2011, at the Third Ward Multi
any on-going nuisance, disruptive Service Center and was free and open to the public.
activities, or anything that might seem
suspicious or out of the ordinary. Various employers and placement agencies including
those providing assistance to ex-offenders were
For example, if you suddenly stop seeing available to meet with job seekers. Participants
an elderly neighbor who has been known included: METRO, Goodwill Houston IVTP, Primerica,
to water her lawn each day at the same CBFS, MHMRA, LifeStyle Insurance Agency, YMCA,
time without any warning or notification, MD Anderson Too Cool to Smoke, Healthy Coffee,
this might be a cause for concern. If First Convenience Bank, ABC Dental, SER Jobs for
attempts to get that neighbor to answer Progress, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, US
a knock at the door or phone call are ARMY, and McLemore Building Maintenance.
unsuccessful, visit the Precinct 7 website
at www.hctx.net/conpct7 and fill out the For information on Precinct 7 upcoming events visit
computer generated patrol alert form. co.harris.tx.us/conpct7. Hear what the employers
This would alert Precinct 7 deputies to from the job fair are looking for in potential
visit the home of your neighbor and employees by visiting Precinct 7 on You Tube,
Facebook, or Twitter.
All About Patrol Alerts conduct what we call a welfare check.
Another free service that Precinct 7
While I was an officer with the Houston provides to area residents to help
Police Department (HPD) a system was prevent burglaries or break-ins while
put in place that allowed area residents to away from their homes for extended
report any suspicious or criminal activity periods of time is Vacation Watch. Also
they witnessed in their neighborhoods. found on the Precinct 7 website. Citizens
They would fill out what was called an are encouraged to complete and submit
“alert slip”. This practice is old but an a Neighborhood Contract Division
extremely effective way to deter and Vacation Watch Request seven (7)
prevent crime; therefore, when I became days prior to their departure date. In
Constable I knew it would be return, deputies will pay special
advantageous to utilize a system like it attention to your property several times
for my constituents. We just changed the a day while they are out patrolling the
name to Patrol Alerts. area. Vacation Watch was implemented
to provide you with peace of mind while
It is important for Precinct 7 residents to on vacation and also adds a second layer
know that in addition to reporting criminal of security. Most importantly, I
activity they can visit the Precinct 7 encourage you to be vigilant in ensuring
website, click on Patrol Alerts, and re- your own personal safety.
Be Aware! Be Alert! Be Careful!
Precinct 7 Encourages Motorist Duties and Responsibilities of Writ of
and Passengers to Buckle Up! Garnishment
Harris County Precinct 7
June Harris County Constable Precinct 7 is a law enforcement agency that has the
Lillie Thomas responsibility of, but is not limited to, patrolling and responding to emergency and
non-emergency calls within the geographical boundaries in its contracted area.
At the 2011 Click It Or Ticket kick-off that took July Precinct 7’s ultimate responsibility is serving civil papers that are issued through
place May 24th in front of the "Reflection Pond" at William Reed the offices of the Justices of Peace (Positions One and Two) and county, district,
the City of Houston – City Hall, area law Wayne Jackson and federal courts.
enforcement officers had “2,843 reasons to Arthur Turner
celebrate”! This is the estimated number of Viola Whiting A Writ of Garnishment is one of the many papers served by the law enforcement
lives that have been saved as a result of Gustavia Selexman officials of Harris County Precinct 7. A Writ of Garnishment is a process by which
increased safety belt use since the CIOT the court orders the seizure or attachment of the property of a defendant or
campaign first began in Texas. August judgment debtor in the possession or control of a third party. The garnishee is the
Gloria Matlock person or corporation in possession of the property of the defendant or judgment
During the press conference, Constable May Emma Primas, 105 - years young! debtor. Generally, there is no wage garnishment in Texas. The Texas Constitution
Walker encouraged parents to set the example by makes current wages exempt property. There are two exceptions under the Texas
buckling up and having their children get in the Constitution for child support and spousal maintenance. Federal law makes other
practice of always wearing a seatbelt. Nationally, The Senior Citizen Hotline exceptions for such debts as student loans and certain taxes.
in 2008, 57 percent of the 15 to 20 year old provides an opportunity for
concerned citizens to call in and
drivers involved in fatal passenger vehicle The average creditor who sues an employee and gets a judgment may not garnish
identify seniors who may have
crashes were unbuckled. Mile for mile, teenagers serious problems or concerns. any current wages. Those who are self-employed generally do not receive
are involved in three times as many fatal crashes Our Commitment: "No Senior “wages.” If a debt collector wrongfully threatens one employed in Texas with wage
as other drivers and traffic crashes are the #1 will be forgotten in Precinct 7." garnishment, when he has no legal right to do so, he may be in violation the
cause of death for teens. PH. 713.643.6118 Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Although an employee’s current
Ext 155 wages are exempt from garnishment by ordinary creditors, an employer may
Buckle Up Precinct 7! control other assets of the employee that are not exempt. Special care must be
given to the definition of “current wages.”
PRECINCT 7 HAPPENINGS YOU ARE NOT ALONE
HELP FOR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE
AS A RESULT OF A HOMICIDE, VIOLENT CRIME, OR DWI
Houston Educational Support Personnel Union HESP/AFT honored Constable Walker and others at their 21st
Annual Pillar of the Community Black History Celebration on February 24, 2011 at the Southwest campus of In recent years the victims' movement has taken strides to include surviving family
CEP. members of homicide victims as victims themselves, and establish their place as
participants in the criminal justice process. In the state of Texas a victim, guardian
of a victim, or close relative of a deceased victim is entitled to the following rights
within the criminal justice system:
Receiving notice of legal rights and remedies;
Receiving information concerning the scheduling of and right to attend
criminal proceedings and events;
Providing victim impact statements;
Receiving protection from intimidation and harassment;
Obtaining victim services; and
Qualifying for victim compensation.
If you have lost a close family member as a result of a homicide, violent crime, or
Precinct 7 Intern, Ashley Anderson , at the Children's Protective Services first "Cultural Diversity DWI Harris County Precinct 7 Victims' Services Unit is here to work with you to
Fair." The fair took place on March 10, 2011, at the CPS Headquarters, 2525 Murworth. ensure that you receive all rights as guaranteed by the Texas Crime Victims'
For information regarding Precinct 7's Victims Services Unit, call 713-643-6773
HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY!
Ending Violence Against Women
Get Help for Domestic Violence or
If you or a loved one are enduring or
have encountered physical, sexual,
Deputies and emotional, economic, or psychological
Precinct 7 in-
terns distribute abuse, it is important to understand,
anti-bullying that abuse of any kind is part of a cycle
activity booklets that rarely has a positive ending. Do not
attending the ignore it. It will not go away.
Healthy Kids Day, Help is just a phone call away. Call Harris County Precinct 7
April 16, 2011.
Harris County Precinct 7 Victims Victim's Services Unit
Services and get the help you need. PH: 713-643-6773
May Walker’s Law Enforcement Constable May Walker, city officials, and many other VIP’s took part in the South Central
Little League Spring Season Opening Day ceremonies, Saturday, March 26, 2011, at
Scholarship Golf Classic Sunnyside Park, 3502 Bellfort.
Gather your foursome and join us at the exclusive Wild
Cat Golf Club for a great day of golf, on-course lunch, fun
events, raffle, dinner, and tournament awards in support
of an awesome cause.
Join us for an Exciting Day of Golf:
Join us for an Exciting Day of Golf:
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Wildcat Golf Club
For information how you can support or participate in the
2011 Law Enforcement Scholarship Golf Classic,
please contact event organizer:
Whidby Elementary School students learned how to be safe while running a business during
Lemonade Day on April 29, 2011.
To show your commitment to keeping neighborhoods safe, Constable May
Walker and Precinct 7 deputies are encouraging you to join your neighbors as
they gather on streets, or in nearby parks from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday,
October 4, 2011 for the 28th Annual National Night Out.
Do not miss National Night Out!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Lesson 2 – Protecting Your Home Use the door peephole BEFORE
opening the door.
Do the following to make your home Use your porch light to help you to
less attractive to thieves or would be see clearly outside.
SAFETY TIPS 101 burglars:
Ensure all doors and windows have
locks in working condition. Check that
Never rely on a chain-latch as a
barrier to partially open the door.
Never open the door to strangers or
all doors and windows are locked at solicitors.
Be Aware! Be Alert! Be Careful! night before going to sleep.
Prune lower tree limbs – don’t provide
Call the police if the stranger acts
the thief with a natural ladder into Alert your neighbors to suspicious
It has become apparent, with the recent spike in thefts, criminal assaults, second floor windows. Keep the view to solicitors.
violent crimes, home invasions, and burglaries that many of us need to go your house open – criminals love to Hold a family meeting to discuss
back to school or at least take a refresher course when it comes to the topic hide behind tall fences or overgrown home security plans.
of our personal safety. bushes while breaking into your home. Set the home perimeter alarm each
Remove any trees or bushes located beside night.
It is very easy to be lulled into a false sense of security and become exterior doors. This foliage can hide a burglar
oblivious to the dangers lurking around us while completing daily tasks or from passing cars and hide intruders from Lesson 4 – Safety In Public Places
during times of leisure and enjoyment. Unfortunately, that is exactly what your sight when you answer the door.
common criminals depend on. They look for and target individuals who are Secure all ladders and tools inside the house, Stay alert and be aware of your
not paying attention to their surroundings or who appear to be distracted not inside a garden shed. surroundings. Do not get caught off
and unaware of the fact that they are being watched. Install outside lights. Use motion guard.
detectors wherever possible. Leave Travel in pairs whenever possible.
Most people tend to believe that "it will never happen to me". Yet, when we lights on inside your house when you Trust your instincts. If you feel
pick up the morning paper or watch the evening news, it is happening go out for the evening. uncomfortable in a place or situation,
everywhere. Not a day goes by that we do not see a report where the Protect your house from prying eyes by leave right away and get help if
neighbors say something like "I never would have believed that something using curtains or drapes. necessary.
like that could happen here". Well believe it and take action to protect your While on vacation, ask a neighbor to Meet people that you do not know
family, friends, loved ones, neighbors, and yourself. watch your home, or ask a relative to well in a well-populated park or
stay there. An empty house is a prime restaurant for a first time meeting.
target for criminals. Keep yourself safe by staying in
Don't leave notes on entry doors. This well-lit areas at night so that you can
Lesson 1 -Reducing Thefts from Vehicles
is a clear indication to a burglar that see who is coming towards you.
you are not there. Tell people where you are going so
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 40- Don't hide keys in the yard; burglars
50% of vehicle theft is due to driver error. that someone always has knowledge
recognize this as a common practice. of where you are and how to find
Do not be a victim, protect yourself and your property do your part by: you.
Lesson 3 - Preventing Home Invasions Ask a friend to walk you to your car
Take your key; don't leave it in or on your vehicle.
Close and lock all windows and doors when you park. if it is late at night and the car is far
Park in well-lit areas - in a garage, if possible. Some of the same tactics used to prevent away from the building.
Hide or remove visible items from inside your vehicles. Items such as cash, daytime burglaries will go a long way in Use ATM machines during daytime
change, CD’s, credit cards, handbags, wallets, checkbooks, dry cleaning, also preventing forced entry home hours.
golf clubs, wallets, laptop computers, briefcases, tools, and shopping buys robberies. Do not expose the amount of money
are an invitation for thieves. Install solid core doors, heavy duty that you take out from the bank or
If you observe any suspicious activity in parking lots report it to the police locks, and window security devices. the ATM to people passing by.
immediately by calling 911. Lock all doors, windows, and garages at