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PR 19-16 Stolen Vehicle

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.

PR 19-15 Single Vehicle Crash – Iron Horse

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.

PR 19-14 Deadly Wrong Way 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.

Passing of NRH Officer – PR 19-10

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.

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Carissa Katekaru|| Media Relations Coordinator || 682-325-1832 || pio @nrhtx.com

Hit & Run Damages Six vehicles – suspect driver flees – PR 19-08

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 || pio@nrhtx.com

Officer Involved Shooting

Officer involved shooting – NRH Police K9 struck.

On January 14, 2019 at approximately 7:15 pm North Richland Hills Officers were dispatched to assist Watauga Police Department regarding a suicidal adult male subject armed with a handgun. The call originated in Watauga from a family member. During the investigation a pursuit with the subject ensued, ending in North Richland Hills off Caracas Dr and Trinidad Dr. The subject failed to comply with officers commands and exited the vehicle. Just shortly before 9:00 pm, the subject confronted officers with his weapon, at which point multiple officers fired their weapons, striking the subject. During the incident a North Richland Hills Police K9 was struck.

The male subject was transported to JPS hospital by ground ambulance where he is receiving treatment, but his current condition is unknown. The Police K9 was also transported and is currently receiving treatment. The identity of the K9 will be released once an update is received from the K9 handler.

We ask that you keep the injured K9 and all involved in your thoughts and prayers.

*Update 1/15/19 – 1:00 am – The male subject is out of surgery at this time and considered stable. NRHPD K9 Koba is currently in surgery – his handler & Chief Perdue are with him. An update will be provided when it becomes available.

7:45 am update – K9 Koba did well throughout the surgery and is now recovering from his injuries. We thank you all for your continued support for K9 Koba and the department.

01/15/19, 1:51 pm update – We can confirm officers attempted to use less lethal options, which were unsuccessful. After officers deployed less lethal options, the suspect fired at officers, at which point officers returned fire striking the suspect. The investigation is still in its early stages and we are currently trying to piece together what transpired during the exchange of gunfire.

K9 Koba is a four year old and is part Dutch Shephard and part Belgian Malinois. Koba and his handler have been together for two and a half years. Koba is a dual purpose K9, trained in both patrol functions as well as narcotics detection. Koba was wearing a vest when he was injured during this incident which we believe saved his life.

Suspect information: Jamie Ramirez, 47 year old, white male. No mugshot on file.

Our community is wondering how they can help and where to send cards for our handler and Koba. Please send cards to ATTN: K9 Officer Koba, 4301 City Point Dr., N. Richland Hills, TX 76180

01/16/19, 4:44pm update: Your thoughts and prayers for Koba, our officers, and our department are greatly appreciated. We have the best community and have received support from as far as Australia!

Koba is still receiving care for his injuries. Please continue your thoughts and prayers as he recovers.

We can confirm Koba was hit with at least two rounds of gunfire, with one most likely being a ricochet. As the investigation continues planned ballistic testing will hopefully help us determine from where exactly those rounds were fired.

Media Relations Coordinator – Carissa Katekaru

682-325-1832

pio@nrhtx.com

Alliance for Children – Picnic at the Park

Alliance for Children partnered with many local sponsors to host Picnic at the Park this Friday September 14, an event that helps give back to the community with dinner on the field at Globe Life Park cheering on our Texas Rangers. The North Richland Hills Police Association was able to help sponsor four very deserving families and present them with the opportunity to be a part of this very special evening. This should be an enjoyable night for the families and we are excited for them to get the chance to head out to this event.

Our agency has been blessed to develop a partnership over the last several years with Alliance for Children. Alliance for Children is a non-profit organization that helps victims of child abuse. They have partnered with local law enforcement agencies, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Cook Children’s Medical Center and The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office with the direct goal in mind to minimize the trauma of abuse, thus allowing the children and families to heal.

To learn more about this event, purchase tickets, or make a donation please visit their website: https://bit.ly/2x2e83h

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NRHPD’s First Female Sniper

Officer Kneisel is a five and a half year veteran of the North Richland Hills Police Department, who began her tenure as a Detention Officer in our Joint Detention Facility. She has spent the last four and a half years working in the Patrol Division and recently became appointed to the NRH SWAT Team as the department’s first female sniper.

Kneisel attended the Garland Basic Police SWAT School and Fort Worth PD Sniper Course, becoming the first female to pass the sniper course in the Fort Worth PD’s sniper course ten year history.

Congratulations to Officer Kneisel! Hard work and dedication are most evident!

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.

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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.

Mental Health Monday #MHM Unaccepted offers

Unaccepted offers for assistance

Greetings all.

The image attached is an example of how many calls I might close in a week on average. These are letters I send out to notify someone that their “case” is being closed out.

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When a call comes in a report is generated and comes to me. In almost every instance, I send an initial contact letter which has my contact info, what I do, and a little bit of info about the process. Each letter closes with some general resources in the area. Within a week or two, I will attempt direct contact. Simultaneously, MHMR of Tarrant County is following a similar process. Some of these letters come back undeliverable, though that’s not often.

More often, the attempts to offer assistance simply go unanswered. I’d like to believe that this simply means that needs are already being met, but the more realistic side of me says that it’s much more likely that the recipients are not open to accepting help. Whether it be because of fear, stigma, or pride, the vast majority of offers for help go unaccepted.

If one were drowning, I don’t believe that many would refuse an extended hand from someone on shore. Being overwhelmed with life isn’t much different than drowning and isn’t something that few of us experience. We all do, and we all struggle with accepting help for exactly the reasons I mentioned. Fear of not understanding what will happen. The stigma that it will mean something is “wrong” with someone. Or pride that makes one think that accepting help is something “weak” people do.

Try going to a counselor or opening up to someone about what is going on in your life and tell me that it is something a weak person can do. I feel it takes a huge act of courage to be able to get the first word out. I’m not ashamed to admit that I needed counseling after a divorce. I’m a cop. Can you imagine what it takes for one of us to admit we’re not totally in control of things and need help?

If someone offers a helping hand, accept it. If you are overwhelmed, let someone help.

All the best. You know where to find us.

 

Officer Morgan.

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