Major Crash – Iron Horse/Meadowlakes Dr

Major crash leaves three transported to area hospitals, one with life threatening injuries and one driver arrested for suspicion of DWI.

On Saturday February 10, 2018 just before 7:00 pm officers were dispatched to Iron Horse and Meadowlakes Dr regarding a major crash. Officers arrived and found two vehicles involved in the collision. North Richland Hills Fire-Rescue transported three patients by ground ambulance to area hospitals, one with life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, one adult male driver was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence and booked into the North Richland Hills Joint Detention Center. The Iron Horse bridge and Iron Horse exit ramp will remain closed for approximately two hours to conduct the accident investigation.

Names of involved parties will not be released at this time.



PR 18-02

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076


Facebook algorithms and you

Friends, fans, followers and those who just stop by occasionally,

We have to discuss something… something big… algorithm. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines algorithm as “a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a computer.”

Now you’re thinking “what on earth does this have to do with me?” – allow us to explain. Your ability to interact and see what we (and other pages) share is controlled by something larger than us, the Facebook algorithm. Mark Zuckerburg recently announced some big changes coming to the Facebook world, and we want to make sure you’re prepared. He and his team will be adjusting the algorithm of Facebook to show “less public content like posts from businesses, brands and media.” So how does this affect your Facebooking experience? Well, you’ll see more posts from your friends and family members and less from pages you’ve liked… us, the news media pages, your favorite shop and so on.

We’ve known for quite some time that your ability to see our posts is math based. All 15,538 fans can’t possibly LOVE our Battle of the Badges video, our public safety tips, where the motor guys will be hiding or who we need your help identifying on a fraud case. Understandable.

For many followers, Zuckerburg hit the nail on the head; you want to see less from the pages you follow. But this has many government agencies a bit concerned. This could directly impact our ability to communicate with you, even in times of crisis, as our ranking of making it to your Facebook feed will be dramatically decreased.

We have to be honest – we enjoy sharing our story with you, engaging with you, and chatting with you. Should you decide that we’re still your cup of tea, here is a way you can ensure that we show up a little more in that news feed:

When you click on our page choose “See First.” (see the picture) Hover over “Following” near the cover photo, and then select “See First.” If you’re feeling really froggy, turn notifications on. We promise not to blow up your News Feed with random pictures but rather meaningful information. We share videos, a picture of your favorite K9’s working, the good work the officers are doing in your community and urgent information. We try to post about once or twice a day, so we won’t fill your feed up.


If you’re looking for other ways to follow us, head over to: Twitter @NRHPD – we use this during active/breaking news incidents, Instagram: @nrh_publicsafety, our Blog: or on NextDoor! We’ll still be here to interact, engage, help answer any questions and try to provide a laugh or two along the way.


The North Richland Hills Police Department

Scam Alert – 1.31.18

Person posing as Oncor employee offering to install a smart meter.

Our department received reports of a male subject going door to door attempting to offer smart meters to residents. Essentially, the scam involves the male soliciting smart meters and posing as an Oncor representative. He then tells residents that if they do not switch to a smart meter, Oncor will charge $200 and requests financial information and/or a copy of their electric bills.

The male is described as a white or Hispanic male, 5’6″-5’8″, late 20’s, dark hair, closely trimmed beard, stocky build, wearing a green reflective vest and an Oncor shirt, carrying a clipboard and smart meter paperwork. If you encounter a subject matching this description or encounter someone attempting the same scam, please contact police dispatch (via 9-1-1 or 817-281-1000) so an officer can be dispatched to the area. Dispatchers are available 24/7 to take your call.

Solicitors in North Richland Hills are required to register for a permit. All active solicitors are displayed via the City site. You can view them and other related information via the link.


Robbery Investigation – PR 18-01


One gunshot wound patient transported from Robbery scene at 8500 Harwood Rd.

On Thursday January 25, 2018 just before 7:30 pm, officers were dispatched to the 8500 block of Harwood Road reference a person who stated they had been shot. Officers arrived on scene moments later and located a male with a gunshot wound to his leg. The patient was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital in serious condition.

The investigation is ongoing at this time, but preliminary accounts indicate there is no outstanding risk to the public.

Crime Scene

Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                    Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 18-01

Phone: (817) 427-7076


PR 17-18 Murder/Suicide involving two young children

North Richland Hills police respond to an apparent murder suicide involving 2 small children.

On Saturday December 9, 2017 shortly after 7:00 am, the North Richland Hills Communication center received a call regarding a shooting in the 7400 block of College Circle S.

Upon arrival, officers found a 5 year old female, 9 year old male and adult male all deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Initial investigation revealed the father shot the children and then shot himself. A records search on the home revealed no prior history between our department and the family or address.

At this time, the names of the deceased will be released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.


CarissaKatekaru  –  Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 17-18

Phone: (817) 427-7076


Pursuit – PR 17-17

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release           PR 17-17

Officers pursue a suspected DWI in to far North West Dallas. Pursuit called off at due rush hour traffic.

On October 24, 2017 at approximately 5:30 am, an officer initiated a motorist assist in the 6300 block of Smithfield Rd. The officer attempted to make contact with a male driver in a maroon Nissan sedan, when suddenly the driver fled the area. The officer believed the driver to be under the influence, and began the pursuit. Officers pursued the vehicle for nearly 45 minutes in to far North West Dallas. It was terminated at about 6:15 am due to rush hour traffic. Maximum speed of the pursuit did not exceed 75 mph, and there were no injuries to officers or civilians during the incident. The case is currently under investigation.


Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/PIO

Phone: (817) 427-7076





Auto-Ped Fatality Crash NE Loop 820 – PR 17-16


NEWS RELEASE                  For Immediate Release

North Richland Hills officers are currently investigating an auto pedestrian fatality crash resulting from a shoplifting suspect struggling with and fleeing from officers.

On September 3, 2017 at approximately 5:00 PM, North Richland Hills Police were dispatched to 6401 NE Loop 820, Walmart, for a report of a shoplifting in progress.  The suspect, an adult white male, left the area on foot and attempted to hide in the parking lot when officers arrived on scene. The suspect fled towards the access road of NE Loop 820, where he began to resist officers.  The suspect again started to flee and attempted to cross the 6400 block of NE Loop 820, where a vehicle struck him.  Officers immediately began administering CPR and emergency aid until paramedics arrived on scene.  The suspect was transported to JPS Hospital by ground ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries.  No officers or other citizens were injured during the incident.
The identity of the suspect involved will be withheld at this time, pending further investigation and notification of the suspect’s family regarding the fatality.​

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 17-16

Phone: (817) 427-7076



Service Above Self – Developing the SHIELD Program

SHIELD – Service. Honor. Integrity. Life. Ethics.

Our department recognizes the physical and mental toll that policing can have on our employees, and by working to ensure employees’ health and wellness is good, they can do better work for the community. This lead to the creation of the SHIELD Program.

Over the last couple of months, our entire organization (both sworn and civilian) began attending in-house training. While some may think “How boring!”, we politely disagree. Over the last 12-18 months, this program, SHIELD, was developed through careful thought and consideration by our very own Training Sergeant Shelley, and Professional Standards Lieutenant Garner.


The premise of the program is summed up pretty well by the motto: To provide service to our community, each other and ourselves, while having honor in who we are and what we do. Utilizing integrity and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics in our decisions and how we interact with others. Having belief in the sanctity of all human life. Considering de-escalation in whatever we do.

We believe that through the development of this program, we are sharpening our commitment to service, and that by equipping our employees with the knowledge and opportunities to better care for each other and themselves, we are empowering them in our pursuit of a safe and secure community where our residents have full faith and confidence in their police department. Upon completion, each staff member will be given a challenge coin as a reminder of their commitment to Service, Honor, Integrity, Life, Ethics and De-Escalation.

Media Release 17-15 Silver Alert

Sergeant Kevin Palmer

Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7074



NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release                           PR 17-15

On August 9, 2017, at 2:06PM, North Richland Hills Police Officers responded to a home in the 5000 block of Winder Court reference a missing person. John Lewis Smith (75 year old white male) left his home driving a dark green 2006 Kia Sportage (TXLP JCL5136).  John is diagnosed with dementia as well as other medical conditions and left his cell phone at home.  A Silver Alert has been issued and we are asking the community to be on the look out for John or the vehicle and to call 9-1-1 if either is seen.



Vehicle in to Building PR 17-14

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076


          NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release   PR 17-14

On July 27, 2017 at 10:09 am, first responders were dispatched to the 7200 block of Boulevard 26 regarding a vehicle that had crashed through a glass window in the shopping center. Upon arrival, personnel saw a minivan that had backed through the glass window of ABC Nails.

The vehicle was removed from the glass window by North Richland Hills Fire Department personnel. There were no injuries and no one was transported from the scene. The building was reported to be structurally sound.