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In a detailed presentation to Councilmembers at their Monday, July 6 Regular Virtual Meeting, MCTX Police Chief Mike Berezin provided the department’s annual report, highlighting success stories throughout the year and discussing initiatives such as transparency and the Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS).
Also, during the meeting District D Councilmember Floyd Emery, on behalf of the Council, proclaimed July 6, 2020 as “Missouri City Police Department Appreciation Day”. To view the proclamation, click this link: https://bit.ly/38Hi9eV.
“We are consistently being ranked among the safest cities in the state and in the nation,” Chief Berezin said during the presentation. MCPD ranks as the 22nd safest city in Texas by LawnStarter, the 34th in Texas for safe streets by Alarms.org, and 49th in Texas by SafeWise.
One of the key highlights Chief Berezin pointed out was that through MCPD’s continued partnership with Ring, a home security company, the department received access to more than 6,000 cameras in an effort to prevent and solve crimes.
“Any time there is a crime in an area, we are quickly notified and we canvas the area and ask to look at videos from peoples’ homes, and that’s been quite successful for us,” Berezin said.
To remain in compliance with the Texas Police Chiefs Association, MCPD officers are required to participate in continuing education. In 2019, MCPD personnel used the Police One Academy, which is an online training resource, and officers completed 1,563 credit hours.
In his overview of programs and services administered by Police and Code Enforcement, which is managed by the department, Berezin Chief Berezin pointed out several key statistics:
During the presentation, Chief Berezin also emphasized the “Open Data Initiative” in which MCPD shares information on the City website on a variety of police topics and activities, and general policy issues including End of Year Report, Use of Force Incidents, Automobile Accidents, Citations, Arrests, Racial Profiling Data and Department Member Demographics. To review these records and other MCPD initiatives, visit www.missouricitypolice.org.
Although more residents are staying home this summer compared to previous years due to COVID-19, MCPD still encourages the community to practice home safety. Because online ordering and delivery are more in demand this year, criminals are on the lookout for items that can be taken at a moment’s notice.
Here are some safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe:
To view Chief Berezin’s full annual report presentation, watch this MCTX City Council video: https://bit.ly/2Ztjraq.
For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).