Public Safety Media Relations Coordinator, Carissa Katekaru, is recognized for Leadership in Public Information Management by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
The Public Safety Media Relations Coordinator, Carissa Katekaru, was recently awarded the IACP Leadership in Public Information Management Award. This award recognizes an individual public information officer (PIO) and his or her ability to effectively disseminate information to the public.
Carissa was selected as the PIO in early 2017 and has since addressed the agency’s communication challenges. Through formulating a new and innovative approach to communication, she blended both traditional and social media strategies to share the department’s story. Carissa took several strategic steps to build important traditional and social media networks, building one from the ground up – the social media footprint of both police and fire. Fundamental to this change was presenting information quickly, accurately and in an unbiased and transparent way.
Carissa works to not only keep the community members and media partners informed of active incidents, and public interest stories, but she also strives to show the human side of policing through humor and showcasing officers as real people, doing great things in the community they serve.
She was recently recognized at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Awards Banquet in Chicago and was accompanied by Chief Perdue, Assistant Chief Scott, and Lieutenant Palmer.
On Tuesday, October 29 at approximately 1030 am, an incident occurred between locations 6420 Smithfield Road and 6430 Davis Boulevard of property damage involving several vehicles with windshield and back window damage and several of the glass window platform shelters shattered. After the initial incident, it was later reported that two additional vehicles had reports of damage at the 6351 Iron Horse TEXRail Station.
With cooperation with TEXRail security, a description of the suspect was communicated throughout the TEXRail system notifying each station of the suspect and the incidents that occurred. Later in the afternoon, an off duty Fort Worth Officer was able to identify the individual suspected in the incidents earlier reported at the Smithfield and Iron Horse Stations. Fort Worth Police Department was able to take the individual into custody, and after further investigation, the suspect was transported to the North Richland Hills Joint Detention Facility. The individual is currently in custody and is being held for criminal mischief charges and possible additional charges.
At this time, there is no further threat to property or public safety at the TEXRail train stations. If you saw anything, or have additional information regarding these incidents, you can PM us or call Criminal Investigations 817.427.7030
On Wednesday, October 16 at about 2:00 pm, a Monte Carlo was taken by two black males driving a gold or beige 4 door sedan. We believe the sedan may be an older model Nissan Maxima or Mitsubishi Galant. The Monte Carlo is entered in to the national database as stolen, however we are asking our community members to contact us if you have any information.
If you saw anything, have additional footage to share, or know any details you can PM us or call Criminal Investigations 817.427.7030.
Single vehicle crash sends one to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
At about 2:30 am on October 12, 2019 officers were dispatched to a single vehicle crash at the Iron Horse exit from west bound 820 toll lanes. A four door Jeep crashed into the cement barrier on Iron Horse Blvd. and caught fire. The adult male driver was able to get out of the vehicle and was transported by ground ambulance to the hospital in stable condition, with non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation is still ongoing, however at this time it is believed alcohol may be a contributing factor in the crash.
Deadly wrong way crash on Davis Blvd. near Odell St.
On Monday, October 7 just before 6:00 pm, a 9-1-1 call was received regarding a four vehicle crash in the 6900 block of Davis Blvd. near Odell St.
At this time in the investigation, it appears a GMC Yukon was traveling north on Davis Blvd and drove in to oncoming south bound traffic striking a Chevrolet truck towing a trailer, head on, which sent the vehicles spinning in to the north bound lanes. A Honda sedan, traveling north on Davis, struck the trailer of the Chevrolet truck and a Nissan sedan was hit with debris.
Davis Boulevard was closed for approximately five hours total (6 pm-11pm) while responders worked the scene and the accident investigation team mapped the scene. It is unclear whether any charges are expected to be filed at this time.
•Vehicle one – GMC Yukon, adult female driver, serious condition, transported by ground ambulance.
•Vehicle two – Chevrolet truck pulling a utility trailer, two adult male occupants – driver critical condition, transported by air medical; passenger extricated, critical condition, transported by ground ambulance code (lights and siren) and passed away at the hospital.
•Vehicle three – Honda sedan, adult male driver, minor injuries, transported by ground ambulance.
•Vehicle four – Nissan sedan, adult male driver, no injuries.
Early morning shooting currently being investigated in the 7900 block of Maplewood Ave – one person hospitalized.
Around 12:45 am on August 10, 2019 North Richland Hills Police received a 9-1-1 call from a subject looking to find the closest Emergency Room for a shooting victim. The caller then took the victim to a stand-alone ER on Airport Freeway at Hurst Town Center Dr where they left the shooting victim for treatment. The vehicle that transported the victim was then located at Pipeline and Loop 820 E where it had crashed, with the initial reporting party at the scene of the crash.
Further investigation revealed that the shooting allegedly took place in the 7900 block of Maplewood Avenue in North Richland Hills, but the exact circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear at this time. The victim is a 32 year old black male who was transported to a downtown (Fort Worth) hospital. While the victim’s current condition is not known, at last report his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
We are currently still investigating and there is no danger to the public.
Carissa Katekaru || Media Relations Coordinator || email@example.com || 682-325-1832
It is with a heavy heart we share the passing of one of our police officers, Caleb Rainey.
While the cause of Caleb’s death is unclear at this time, we do know that he had recently been ill. Caleb was 25 years old, and had been with the North Richland Hills Police Department for just over two years. In his short time with us, he brightened the halls and the streets of North Richland Hills with his charisma and enthusiasm.
Throughout his academy experience, he excelled and earned his place as “Top Shot.” He earned two Commendations and a Certificate of Recognition for his efforts and dedication while serving our citizens. He was also nominated as Rookie of the Year in 2018.
Caleb is best described as a true public servant, always giving of himself to lift others. He was kind, dedicated, full of life and compassionate. His sense of humor brought light to our team. We will truly miss his infectious smile and laughter.
We ask for prayers for Caleb’s family and our department during this difficult time. We are working closely with the family and arrangements are currently pending.
Carissa Katekaru|| Media Relations Coordinator || 682-325-1832 || pio @nrhtx.com
Assist with Tarrant County Precinct 3 Deputy leads to arrest in Hurst.
At about 3:30 pm on April 24, 2019, a Tarrant County Precinct 3 deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic related offenses and a short chase ensued. During the pursuit the suspect vehicle attempted to ram the deputy twice.
North Richland Hills officers observed the suspect vehicle fleeing and then crash in to the AT&T store, 464 Grapevine Hwy, Hurst, where they stopped to assist. The suspect vehicle appeared to be disabled and officers attempted to apprehend the suspect. During the attempt to apprehend the suspect, a North Richland Hills officer fired their service weapon. The suspect then fled the area again.
The white female suspect and blue Hyundai sedan were located at Wells Fargo, 6300 Precinct Line Rd, Hurst, where she appeared to be skimming credit card information off the drive up ATM.
The female suspect was taken in to custody without incident and transported to the Hurst jail. There were no reported injuries to the suspect, officers or patrons.
Hurst Police Department is investigating the incident under case number 2019001895.
Carissa Katekaru – Media Relations Coordinator/PIO || 682-325-1832 || firstname.lastname@example.org
Hit and Run crash damages six vehicles, suspect flees scene on foot.
North Richland Hills Police Department is investigating a hit and run crash that came in just before 8:30 am on Tuesday, March 26 2019. The suspect vehicle, described as a dark colored SUV, struck approximately six vehicles along NE Loop 820 near Rufe Snow Dr. There were no major injuries in any of the crashes.
The suspect is described as a female, who fled on foot in the area of southbound Loop 820 access and Glenview Dr. The abandoned suspect vehicle was found there as well.
Anyone with details is urged to contact the North Richland Hills Police Department 817-281-1000 refer to case number 19N14524.
Carissa Katekaru-Media Relations Coordinator/PIO || 682-325-1832 || email@example.com
North Richland Hills Police investigating homicide of 40 year old female – arrest made.
The North Richland Hills Police Department was called to a home in the 7700 Amy Ln. just before 1:00 am on Monday March 11, 2019 regarding an undetermined death. During the investigation, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner relayed findings that indicated this was not a natural death.
Victor L. Baxter was arrested on Monday 3/11/19 on unrelated charges, but after further investigation, he was charged with murder. He is currently in custody at the Tarrant County Jail with a $350,000 bond set.
The investigation is still ongoing at this time, therefore no other details are available. The case will be filed with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office in the next week.
Carissa Katekaru- Media Relations Coordinator/PIO || pio @nrhtx.com || 682-325-1832