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                                                                                                               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!
                                                                                                               Be Alert!
                                                                                   From the Desk of           Be Careful!
                                                                                    Constable Walker

                                                                                   Duties and

                                                                                   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
    (713) 643-6118
                                                                                   Ending Violence Against
    (713) 643-3428 FAX
    (713) 643-6602 Pct. 7 Dispatch
    ● WEBSITE:                                                Click It Or Ticket

                                                                                   Celebrating Our Seniors

                                                                                   2011 Precinct 7 Job Fair

                                                                                   Chief Editor and Writer
                                                                                  Pamela Greenwood

                                                                                        Photo Editor                                               www..hcttx..nett/conpctt7
                                                                                                                                                   www hc x ne /conpc 7
                                                                                       Mark Clopton
   FROM THE DESK OF THE                         CONSTABLE                                        2011 Precinct 7
                                                                                                    Job Fair
                                                                                            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 and fill out the      For information on Precinct 7 upcoming events visit
                                              computer generated patrol alert form. 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

                                                        Celebrating Our
                                                             Sebina Buchaman
                                                              Evelyn McQueen
                                                               Vermeda Lyles

                                                                     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'
                                                                                                           Compensation Act.
                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                       Sexual Assault

                                                                                                            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
                                         to children
                                         attending the                                                      ignore it. It will not go away.
                                         Texans YMCA
                                         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
                                          12000 Almeda
                                          Houston, Texas
                                             8:30 am
                                           Shotgun Start

                       For information how you can support or participate in the
                       2011 Law Enforcement Scholarship Golf Classic,
                       please contact event organizer:
                                          Pamela Greenwood
                                           PH 713.643.0763

                                                                                     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
                                                                                       all times.

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