***November Officer of the Month***
The Crime Traffic Analysis & Policing Strategy (CTAPS) identified an increase in commercial burglaries along Irvine Boulevard, and Officer Houle took ownership of his patrol area with increased patrols. He also encouraged junior officers to become involved to help address the issue.
On November 1, Officer Houle noticed a suspicious subject on a bike with a backpack and wearing dark clothing in the area. He stopped the subject for a vehicle code violation, and the subject admitted he had drug paraphernalia and a knife in his possession. During a consent search of the backpack, Officer Houle located two sets of commercial business keys which seemed out of place. He arrested the suspect and transported him to the station for processing.
While Officer Houle was processing the suspect, they were contacted by a member of the General Investigations Unit. The person in custody matched the description of a wanted person for a commercial burglary. Officer Houle provided the interviewing detective with the sets of suspicious keys. Further follow up determined the keys were stolen, and that the business had been burglarized, with over $6,000 in property loss. During the interview, the suspect eventually confessed to committing the burglary.
Through diligent police work conducted by Officer Houle, and his attention to detail when it came to two sets of keys, detectives were able to close out multiple Irvine Boulevard burglary cases. The suspect has since been charged with two burglaries, one attempted burglary, possession of stolen property, and one drug-related offense.
Officer Houle’s actions show his ownership of his patrol area. For his commitment to the CTAPS policing model, and his ability to coordinate investigations with detectives, Officer Houle has been selected as the recipient of the November Officer of the Month award. Congratulations Officer Houle!