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Business Beat: June 2016

Written by Debbie Westbeld. Posted in Community

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Business Beat is a monthly column recognizing Deer Park’s newest businesses and giving you other interesting business news from around town. Debbie Westbeld is the Economic Development Administrator for the City of Deer Park, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 281-478-2042. Visit www.deerparktx.gov/ed for more business information.

Seals participate in Red Nose Day

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in Community

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Members of the Deer Park Seals swim team partipated in last week's nationwide Red Nose Day. Proceeds from Red Nose and Red Flair purchases benefit the Red Nose Day Fund* which supports charities with domestic and international reach aimed at fighting childhood poverty, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children; and The Global Fund. Photo provided by Regina Lee.

Chambers' Young Guns energizes up-and-coming leaders

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

YoungGunsThe Deer Park and Pasadena Chambers of Commerce are helping young professionals find success in their careers through the Young Guns organization. During Young Guns events, participants can receive advice, learn skills and network with local businesses.

Naomi Richison, Deer Park Chamber communications coordinator, said Young Guns focuses on issues relating to the younger generation, but is open for anyone to join.

“Young professionals have a different set of problems. [Young Guns] is a great support network for those just getting out of school or are just getting their feet into the professional door,” said Richison.

Photo Gallery: Chamberville 2016

Written by Deer Park Photos. Posted in Community

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The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce hosted its second annual Chamberville Business Expo and Casino Night. Click on the image for a photo gallery of the fun and games, courtesy of Deer Park Photos.

DP Rotary awards $14K+ in scholarships

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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The Deer Park Rotary Club awarded more than $14,000 in scholarships at its Wednesday luncheon. The funds went to Deer Park High School students and were raised by the Rotary's annual Texas Indepenence Bicycle Tour. Click on the image for a photo gallery of the Rotary's scholarship winners.

CPA Notebook: Catching up with speeders and meeting Ty

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

CPA SpeedersMembers of the Citizens Police Academy used the Deer Park Police Department's radar technology as vehicles drive by on Center Street. These radar guns are the same ones used every day by the traffic unit to catch speeders. Photo by Holly Galvan.

During this week's Citizens Police Academy, Officer C.K. Aurelius talked to the class about the Deer Park Police Department’s Traffic Unit.

In the Traffic Unit, there is a sergeant, two traffic officers and 21 crossing guards. There are also volunteers who assist with duties such as handicap enforcement, parades and fun runs.

Aurelius’ duties as a traffic officer include reducing the number of traffic-related calls for service and number of vehicle crashes by implementing traffic counts, speed surveys and extra patrol of problem areas.

“We don’t go out and just look for people to give tickets to. It's more than that. We are trying to keep this city safe,” he said.

Other traffic unit programs include the Teen Safe Driving Program. In 2014 more than 1,375 Deer Park ISD students were taught about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.

DPPD honors fallen officers at memorial service

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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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 InsideDP.com!

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

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in Community

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 www.deerparkcac.org 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.