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DPPD honors fallen officers at memorial service

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community


The Deer Park Police Department joined law enforcement agencies across the nation to remember police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. At its annual Peace Officers Memorial Day service, DPPD honored those officers who did not return home from their shifts as well as personnel who retired from the department at Monday's ceremony.

Photo Gallery: Camp Courage 2016

Written by Deer Park Photos. Posted in Community

Teaser CampCourage2016Photos by Deer Park PhotosThe Deer Park High School football program welcomed special needs students to their turf at Saturday's annual Camp Courage event. The football camp unites athletes with special fans on the floor of Clyde Abshier Stadium for fun, camaraderie and football skills demonstrations. Click on the image for a gallery and free downloads from this year's Camp Courage, courtesy of Deer Park Photos and!

Photo Gallery: Shell Deer Park Strides for Schools Fun Run

Written by Deer Park Photos. Posted in Community

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More than 2,000 participants pounded the pavement at the recent Shell Deer Park Strides for Schools 5K Fun Run, benefitting the Deer Park Education Foundation. Runners braved early rains and gusty winds at the event, which was another successful Foundation fundraiser. Click the image for a photo gallery and free downloads, compliments of the Deer Park Education Foundation and Shell Deer Park. 

DPCAC hears safety program discussions

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dpcaceditedWhen Deer Park Community Advisory Council wanted a review of the major components of a plant’s safety and environmental programs—and an understanding of the resources dedicated to them-- they asked Lubrizol to speak because it is one of the DPCAC plants that is a Star site in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program. VPP, a partnership between management, labor, and the federal safety agency, was just one of the programs discussed.

Lubrizol Plant Manager Tanya Travis and Health and Safety Manager Ben Mitchell provided the overview. Travis said the path to sustainable safety and environmental programs begins with the leadership team creating a vision that shapes strategies and helps set goals. It is imperative that the culture, strategy, and structure of the plant be aligned so expectations can be met. The vision, strategies, and goals are then clearly communicated to all employees and contractors so they understand the “how” and the “why.” Leadership must establish and model the right behaviors and set the expectation that employees are “all in.” Travis said that, at Lubrizol, the resources dedicated to health, safety, environment, and security programs have increased over the last five years and are a significant part of their budget.

Mitchell described the key components of an HSES program. A management system defines how the organization will operate and ensures proper policy, annual compliance reviews and submissions, and records management. It promotes consistency and standardization. A solid risk assessment and management system must be adopted after evaluation allows risks to be ranked and proper controls to be established. Employees must be trained on hazard identification, mitigation, and elimination so that when a hazard is identified, an employee can take the necessary steps for prevention and elimination. Other key components of an HSES program are incident investigation, knowledge sharing, auditing, and a scorecard with both leading and lagging indicators that allows one to regularly assess whether the vision, strategies and goals are being carried out as intended. Using safety as an example, Mitchell explained that tracking injuries after they occur is a lagging indicator, but investigating near misses before they become injuries is a leading indicator that may help such accidents from ever occurring.

The next regular meeting of DPCAC will be Aug. 22. Members will be touring the US Coast Guard Station in May. Visit to read recent meeting summaries, find links to useful resources on emergency communications and the environment, see lists of DPCAC community and plant members, read our mission and purpose statements, and offer input.

CPA Notebook: Negotiations & SWAT team up for unique situations

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

CPAswatCitizens Police Academy members examine DPPD SWAT team's gear. The SWAT team is trained to handle higher pressure situations. Photo by Holly Galvan.

At this week’s Citizens Police Academy Sgt. Danny Rouen talked about the Deer Park Police Department’s negotiations team’s role in keeping the community safe.

DPPD’s Crisis Negotiation Team is dispatched to unique situations other officers aren’t trained to handle.

“Hostage negotiations are few and far between [in Deer Park]. Most of the situations we deal with is barrier situations and suicidal events,” he said.

The negotiation team has five members. Sgt. Rouen is the team commander and leads Officer Aaron Gonzales, Sgt. Jason Meredith, Sgt. Ian Sawtell and Det. Nick Thatcher.

Every year DPPD officers go through a verbal influence skills course.

DPPD to honor fallen officers May 16

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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n Although no Deer Park Police officer has been killed in the line of duty, DPPD will remember other lives lost at its annual Peace Officer's Memorial Day service. The event is May 16 and is open to the public. Peace Officers Memorial Day coincides with National Police Week.

Soccer community rallying around flood victim, coach

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

JacobSantosPhoto provided by Misty Cone'.Residents from the surrounding communities have gathered around to support a local soccer coach. Jacob Santos and his son lost all of their possession during the recent flooding in Housto. A GoFundMe page for Santos has raised almost $24,000.

Everything he owned including his furniture, home goods, and vehicles were submerged in flood waters. Santos and his son were rescued by the Harris County Sheriff's Department with the help of high water rescue Army vehicles.

Santos has been a member of the Challenge Soccer Club as a trainer/coach since 2009 and has worked in other local youth soccer clubs since 2003. Several of the member on the team are from Deer Park. He has devoted his life to working with kids and sharing his love of "futbol" said Misty A. Coné, one of the parents who started the GoFundme Page

Business Beat: May 2016

Written by Debbie Westbeld. Posted in Community

NewBBlogoVega’s Mexican Restaurant is now open at 1242 Center St. (former location of the Jug & Muffin). They are open for breakfast starting at 5 a.m. and stay open until 8 p.m.

Look for Bush’s Chicken to arrive in Deer Park this summer in College Park Plaza on Spencer Highway (across the street from San Jacinto College). This family-friendly, community-oriented is labels itself as the industry’s fastest drive-through, and also offers catering services. Bush’s sacred mission is to serve the best friend chicken in the market, along with great sides like fried okra, jalapeno poppers, mashed potatoes with gravy and more.

Pita Pit should open in mid-May at 8015 Spencer Hwy. in Deer Park (next door to Smashburger and Smoothie King). They start with soft, roll-able pita bread; fill it with your choice of lean, grilled meats, fresh vegetables, cheeses and savory sauce. They even offer breakfast pitas with Black Forest Ham, steak, hash browns, eggs and more.

Drug take back day set for Saturday

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hydrocodoneOn April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Southeast Harris County Community Coalition will participate in the ninth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Deer Park, Pasadena, and Baytown.

The Take Back is hosted in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Baytown Police Department, Deer Park Police Department, Deer Park ISD, Pasadena Police Department, and The Summit of Pasadena ISD to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Medications can be brought for disposal to Second Church Baytown at 6227 N. Main in Baytown, Deer Park High School South, Football Stadium at 710 W San Augustine Street in Deer Park, or The Summit at 1838 E. Sam Houston Parkway in Pasadena. Other Take Back locations can be found at

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. No sharp objects can be accepted, but all prescription and over-the-counter medications are accepted. In all previous Take Back events combined, 2,660 pounds of pills have been collected in Southeast Harris County alone.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

“Prescription drug abuse is a problem that affects every community. We invite residents to help keep our community safe from prescription drug abuse. Take an inventory of the medications in your home and bring any drugs that you no longer need to one of our Take Back events.” said Coalition Coordinator, Amber Buras.

For more information visit or call 1-800-510-3111.

Annual Summer Reading Club has fun for all

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

SRC2016From toddlers to adults, the Deer Park Public Library's Summer Reading Club has programs for all ages. Registration begins June 2. Photo by Holly Galvan.

The Deer Park Public Library is preparing to host its annual summer reading clubs, with registration beginning June 2.

The Friends of the Deer Park Public Library book fair kicks off the reading club from June 2 – 11. The theme for the summer reading club is ‘On your mark, get set...Read!”

The summer reading program is for people of all ages. There is a read-to-me club for children still learning to read. There are reading clubs for children, preteens, teens and adults.

The Deer Park Public Library has special events that are tailored to meet just about everyone’s summer needs.

Library honors bookmark competition winners

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

bookmarkwinnersStudents of Deer Park ISD put their best designs forward in the Deer Park Public Library and the Deer Park Education Foundation Bookmark contest. The contest was to promote Saturday's Strides for School Fun Run and the upcoming summer book club. Photo by Holly Galvan.

The Deer Park Public Library and the Deer Park Education Foundation gave students a chance to show their creative sides with a book mark contest. The contest was to promote the Strides for School Fun Run and the DPP Library summer book club.

Deer Park ISD students were invited to design a bookmark with the theme of “Fitness and Well-Being” for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.