News Flash

Posted on: May 20, 2022

Theft Investigation

Do you recognize this subject? On 5/9/2022, a theft occurred at Variety inside Music City Mall located at 4101 E 42nd St. The suspect stole sunglasses before leaving the scene in a Gray 1995 Mercedes.
If you have any information leading to the identity of ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 20, 2022

OPD - Neighborhood Watch Meeting

May NWM Flyer

The Odessa Police Department will be having our next Neighborhood Watch Meeting this coming Tuesday, May 24th 2022.
It will take place from 7 pm – 9 pm in the first floor classroom of OPD.
We’re located at 205 N. Grant.
The Midessa Commun...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 19, 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month

Sergeant Lindsay Waychoff

The Odessa Police Department takes the issue of Mental Health very seriously.  Meet Sergeant Lindsay Waychoff.  She is OPD's Peer Support Coordinator and leads programs focused on that topic. 

She has been with the Odess...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 19, 2022

OPD – Gonzales Elementary Choir Performance

Gonzales Elementary Choir Group

The Choir Group of Gonzales Elementary - ECISD made a visit this morning to perform for our officers.  The group was so wonderful, they also made us a “Thank you” poster board with different kinds of drawings.  How ne...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 19, 2022

Ever wanted to ask a police officer ANYTHING?!

Ask a Police Officer

Sergeant Ian Kapets is here to answer all the questions you've been dying to ask.
OPD is always working to create conversation and dialogue with our community. Sgt. Kapets will take on your questions on 103.3 KISS FM (MIDLAND/ODESSA) Facebook Page...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2022

Caught on Camera

Thompson and Branch

OPD Detective Kara Thompson and Detective Whitney Branch.While they spend most of their time investigating cases, they also spend time keeping our streets safe. Thank you ladies for what you do for Odessa and for smiling while you do it!

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2022

Armed Robberies

Do you recognize this man? On 4/20/2022 a male committed two armed robberies at two different locations: 2000 N County Road W and 3632 Andrews Hwy. The suspect held both victims at gunpoint and proceeded to rob the victims of their money. 
If you ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2022

Theft Investigation

Actor 1

Do you recognize this woman? On 4/16/202 two heavy set females, somewhere in their mid-30s, entered the Boot Barn on 42nd St and proceeded to take approximately $1,600 worth of merchandise without paying. The subjects left the store, and no vehicle descri...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2022

OPD - Heartworm Prevention

OPD - Animal Shelter Heartworm Prevention Flyer

Protect your pets from these deadly worms!
The Odessa Animal Shelter would like to remind the public to please get your pets on Heartworm prevention to protect them from contracting these deadly parasites.  
Here are a few things that Heartworms ca...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 17, 2022

The Chiefs!

Chief Gerke

OPD Chief Michael Gerke and OFR Chief John Alvarez have both worked for their departments in the City of Odessa for decades.  

We appreciate their hard work and dedication to making our community a better place.

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 16, 2022

OPD investigating death

Investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division are investigating the death of an adult female.
Police and Fire Rescue responded to a call of a deceased person at the Parkway Inn, located at 3731 East Highway 80. The init...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Kindness Matters

Bridge Church Donation

These youngsters stopped by OPD over the weekend to drop off some goodies.  
We appreciate the donation from Bridge Church and the kindness.  Thank you so much!!!

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 13, 2022

OPD – Blue Mass Service

Blue Mass Service

A special mass service took place last night in San Angelo, TX in honor of First Responders. 
A few of our officers attended the service, as well as our brothers and sisters from Odessa Fire Rescue, San Angelo Fire Department San Angelo Police Dep...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 13, 2022

OPD - Water Donation

water donation

Odessa Christian School came by OPD yesterday afternoon and donated several cases of water for the entire department!
Thank you so much Tabitha for your kindness and support!
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 14, 2022

OPD – National Dog Mom Day

OPD - National Dog Mom Collage

Happy National Dog Mom Day.  Today, May 14th is a special day!

 

Many of our employees here at the PD are dog moms, look at all their cute fur babies!

 

We love our fur babies of OPD! They hold a SPECIAL place in our hearts. &nb...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 15, 2022

OPD - National Police Week

OPD 2022 National Police Week

A longstanding tradition meant to show our officers we have their back and support them!  Today, begins National Police Week and it will continue until Saturday, May 21st.
It’s also a time to honor the memory of law enforcement officers ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 12, 2022

OPD - Animal Dumping

Animal Dumping

This is another example recently of dogs being dumped at the Odessa Animal Shelter.  It is painful for our staff to see since it happens so often.  We’re also getting a lot of litters of puppies and kittens. 
The dogs s...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 12, 2022

OPD – National Nurses Week

Nurses Week Group Photo

May 6th through May 12th is National Nurses Week, a time to honor their contributions and sacrifices to keep us healthy.
 This year, the theme for Nurses Day is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Honoring our Fallen Heroes

Midland Peace Officer Memorial

The Odessa Police Department held its special Memorial Service yesterday to honor officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  Today, Chief Michael Gerke and OPD's Honor Guard spent the morning at the Midland Police Department for...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 11, 2022

OPD – 2022 Police Memorial Service

Memorial Photo

he Odessa Police Department would like to thank everyone who attended our police memorial service today, which was held in honor of all local and state law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.   
The service took place at th...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 10, 2022

OPD - Pups on the Patio

Odessa Animal Shelter Bubbas 33 event

The Odessa Animal Shelter will be having a "Pups on the Patio" Event.
This event will take place on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022, from 5 pm - 8 pm, at Bubbas 33, 6153 TX-191, Odessa, TX 79762.
The Adoption fee will be $25, this includes spay/neuter, ra...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  Both motorcyclists and motorists need to be aware of their surroundings. Checking blind spots, and mirrors and using turn signals are necessary when changing lanes and when passing.

As part of raising awa...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 9, 2022

OPD's Free Self-Defense Course

Self-Defense

Learning to protect yourself!  

The Odessa Police Department offered a free self-defense course over the weekend.  It was taught by Sergeant Yuri Herrera and Corporal Kaaiako Vavao.  

Thank you to those who took advantage of this ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 8, 2022

Mother's Day

OPD  Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mother’s Day from the Odessa Police Department!

We know being a mom isn’t easy.  At OPD, we have lots of mothers who also juggle family life with a career.  You all are AMAZING!

We hope you have a wonderful day sp...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 6, 2022

Odessa Animal Shelter – Educate Yourself

Dogs in crate

It is heartbreaking the stories we see on a regular basis at the Odessa Animal Shelter.  We will be sharing more of them in hopes of educating you and the community regarding our pet problem.
This week, someone dumped these fur babies along 1788. ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 6, 2022

Special Delivery from Rosa's Café and H-E-B

Good food equals a good day especially when it involves two meals!
Nate with the Family Resiliency Center of the Permian Basin surprised us this morning with a box of Rosa’s breakfast trays.  Then for lunch, Candi and Brayden with H-E-B ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 6, 2022

Girl Scout Tour

Girl Scout Tour

The Odessa Police Department gave a special tour to a group of Girl Scouts last night.
While being here with us, they donated several boxes of girl scout cookies for all our officers.  Thank you so much!
We enjoy giving these tours of our departmen...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 6, 2022

Walmart Snack Delivery

Walmart

Both Walmarts of Odessa came by OPD yesterday afternoon and donated a variety of snacks and drinks for OPD. 
Thank you so much Lisa Rodriguez and TaylorAnn Menard for your kindness and support!
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Cinco De Mayo - Don't Drink and Drive!

OPD Cinco de Mayo Dont Drink and Drive

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone!
This is a fun day, but we would like to remind you, do NOT drink and drive!
Think before you drink or spend the seis de Mayo in jail!
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 5, 2022

OPD Mug Giveaway Winners!

OPD - Mug Giveaway

Thank you to those people who participated in our mug giveaway post from earlier this week. 
We know we originally said 3 winners will be picked but we were so impressed with the answers that we decided to do 9 winners! 
Here they are:
Apri...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Theft Investigation

Do you recognize this man or vehicle? On 3/27/2022 a subject was observed entering the Vision Center located at Walmart-West and stealing an item. The subject was then observed leaving the scene in a 2011-2015 Silver Ford Explorer along with a heavy-set f...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2022

OPD - 24th Session of the Odessa Police Academy

OPA 24th session

Meet the Recruits going through the Odessa Police Academy Session #24.  Right now, there are 11 of them.  
You may not realize, not all police departments or law enforcement have academies. Here in the Basin, fortunately all law enforceme...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 3, 2022

Traffic Training

OPD Recruit

The Odessa Police Department's 24th Academy Session is underway and today, the recruits got some critical training.  

They were practicing their traffic skills which involve directing vehicles and pedestrians.

Tomorrow, we'll be i...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 3, 2022

Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony

OPD Honor Guard Texas Peace Officer Memorial

The Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony was held on the lawn of the Texas Capital in Austin this Sunday evening. 
It started off with a march combined of several Texas Law Enforcement Agencies to the Capital. 
This memorial h...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 2, 2022

OPD - Neighborhood Watch Meeting

The Odessa Police Department will be having our next Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Tuesday, May 24th 2022.
It will take place from 7 pm – 9 pm in the first floor classroom of OPD. 
We’re located at 205 N. Grant.
The Midessa Commu...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 2, 2022

OPD - Odessa Animal Shelter

Here is some helpful information on the Odessa Animal Shelter. 
This includes information on their animal services, hours of operation, website page, and contact information.Click on the image to find their info! 

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 2, 2022

Porch Pirates

Stealing Packages Suspect

On 3/12/2022, a mail theft was reported to the Odessa Police Department that occurred in the area of 100th St and Desert Ave.  The investigation revealed that juveniles were involved in stealing a package from the victim’s porch.

If you ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 2, 2022

YMCA and Odessa Christian School Events:

OPD Mascot with Kids

We had a great time joining in on some fun events this past weekend!  The YMCA of Odessa held its 30th Annual Healthy Kids Day at Mike Neely Park and Odessa Christian School held its Obstacle Course Shenanigans at Jim Parker Park.  
We ha...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 29, 2022

Good News Friday - Caught in the Act

Tommy Jones changes Tire

It seems there are cameras watching everywhere these days and this was one of those days.
An Odessa resident called this into OPD this week.  She saw an officer helping someone change a tire.  It turned out to be Sergeant Tommy Jones. &am...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 29, 2022

YMCA & Odessa Christian School Events

Hey everyone!
The Odessa Police Department will be participating in two more events tomorrow, April 30th.  We will have McGruff, our OPD Mascot, attend both of them!
Here are the details of each event:
YMCA - Healthy Kids Day
Saturday, April 30th fro...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 28, 2022

Quality Service Awards

QSA Stacy, Ray, and Kelley

Quality Service Awards  

Today, the City of Odessa held a special awards ceremony for some of its outstanding employees.   

The Odessa Police Department had three employees awarded the Quality Service Award.  The...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 28, 2022

Harmony Home Children's Advocacy Center - Party in the Parking Lot

Party in the Parking Lot Flyer

Hey everybody!  

The Odessa Police Department will be participating in an event with Harmony Home Children's Advocacy Center this Saturday, April 30th from 11 am to 2 pm located at the Odessa Downtown Lions Club Parking ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2022

OPD – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Chief Gerke and Wade

Today, a special event was held at the Ector County Courthouse to highlight this issue.
Those involved stressed the importance of helping crime survivors find their justice.  They also highlighted inclusion for all.
Numerous local leaders were on h...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2022

OPD - A Special Rescue Tail Today of Flying Dogs

Dog is My CoPilot Group Photo

The Odessa Animal Shelter works closely with animal rescue groups, including Dog is My CoPilot.  

Very early this morning around 4:30 am, the nonprofit took 44 dogs from Schlemeyer field in Odessa!  

Among them will be 14 dogs from the Ani...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 26, 2022

Good News - Odessa Animal Shelter

Dog is my CoPilot

Lots of love:  Animal Shelter Manager Kelley Hendricks is seen here with one of the dogs being transported tomorrow. 

The shelter is gearing up for an exciting day tomorrow.  A nonprofit called "Dog is my CoPilot" will ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 26, 2022

2022 – 9th Annual Bustin’ for Badges

DCs at Clayshoot

We are still waiting to hear the total raised at this year’s Bustin’ for Badges Clay Shoot.  However, we would like to thank everyone who came out to this special event including volunteers and those who participated! ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 26, 2022

Goodie Basket Delivery

church goodie basket delivery

The Odessa Police Department would like to thank Jordyn Navarrete with the Antioch Christian Church for dropping off goodie baskets with a variety of snacks for our officers yesterday afternoon.  We appreciate the love and support of our heroes i...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 26, 2022

Crime Victims' Rights Awareness Event

ECVC 2022 Event Flyer

Tomorrow, April 27th, beginning at 11:00 am, there will be a Crime Victims' Awareness Event being held at the Ector County Courthouse, located at 300 N Grant Ave of Odessa TX.  
The event will have community speakers from the Odessa Polic...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 25, 2022

Do you have any information on this auto burglary?

Actor 1

On 3/06/2022 officers were dispatched to the area of Bunche Ave in reference to an auto burglary call.

The investigation revealed that there was surveillance footage of a male subject being dropped off by a newer model Ford F-150 and attempting to break in...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 25, 2022

PBRC's 45th Annual Telethon

Telethon 1

A simple way to make a difference!
We have officers who believe strongly in giving back!  OPD's Command Team spent Saturday evening volunteering their time to answer phones for the Permian Basin Rehab Center's annual Telethon.
The...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 25, 2022

Neighborhood Watch Meeting - Friendly Reminder

Neighborhood Watch Program Meeting Flyer

The Odessa Police Department will be having our next Neighborhood Watch Meeting tomorrow night, April 26th.
It will take place from 7 pm – 9 pm in one of the OPD classrooms.
We’re located at 205 N. Grant.
PBRCADA will be speaking at this ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 25, 2022

Armed Robberies - Do you recognize this man?

Armed Robbery Suspect

Calling all citizen detectives.  Help us solve these two robberies.  Time and time again, YOU help us solve these cases despite the quality of some of the pictures.

On 4/20/2022 an unidentified male committed two armed robberies at two di...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 25, 2022

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

CRASE TRAINING 2

It's an effort to educate civilians on how to respond to a potential active shooter scenario in public buildings.

Sergeant Carlos Chavez and Sergeant Patrick Chadwick presented a CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) presentation befo...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2022

OPD – Upcoming Events

OPD - April upcoming events

Hey everyone, check out these upcoming events that we will be participating in!
April 23rd:
Home Hospice – Butterfly Release Event
High Sky Wings, 9600 Wright Drive of Midland TX
2 pm – 4pm
April 30th:
YMCA – Healthy Kids Day
Mike N...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2022

OPD – Bustin’ for Badges

Drone Shot Bustin for Badges

Day 2 of our 9th annual Bustin’ for Badges Event.  It is a great turnout! 
The funds from this event benefit our local law enforcement agencies, including the Midland and Ector County Sheriff’s offices and the Midland ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2022

Butterfly Release & Family Celebration

Home Hospice Butterfly Release FB Flyer

Our OPD SWAT team will be taking part in a special event.  Tomorrow, April 23rd, from 2-4 pm Home Hospice will be hosting a “Butterfly Release” event in honor of loved ones who have passed. 
The event will be held at t...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 21, 2022

OPD – Bustin’ for Badges

Bustin for Badges Chief

The 9th annual Bustin’ for Badges clay shoot is underway and it’s a big SUCCESS!
Bustin’ for Badges is an annual sporting clays tournament benefiting the Midland and Ector County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Midland an...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 21, 2022

OPD – Police Resource Specialists

Police Resource Specialist Group Photo

These wonderful ladies are our police resource specialists! They are some of the very first people that you see when you walk into the Police Department. 

They write our non-emergency police reports, provide guidance and assistance to citizens, mo...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2022

OPD – Donut Delivery

TRUIST bank donut delivery

TRUIST Bank stopped by the Odessa Police Department this morning to drop off some donuts for our officers!  Thank you for your kindness and support! 
In this photo is:
Captain Jerry Harvell
Erica Belanger, TRUIST Bank
Lieutenant Kevin Chance...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2022

OPD – Mark Besares

Mark Besares

Meet one of our hardworking interns, Mark Besares!
He has been an intern with the OPD for quite some time now and will soon be one of our recruits for our upcoming Police Academy!
He was born and raised here in Odessa.  He wants to become a police ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 19, 2022

OPD – Goodbye Mary King

Mary King and Chief

This afternoon the Odessa Police Department had a “Going Away” party for one of our wonderful employees, Mary King.  

She has worked for OPD twice in her career, making her years of service for us a total of 7 years.  ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 18, 2022

OPD's Chaplains

OPD Chaplains

Our Volunteer Police Chaplains are gearing up for a special program next month.  Here's a sneak peek at what they will be wearing.

If you're not familiar with it, the program was created in 1986 to serve the citizens of Odessa an...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 18, 2022

Drug Take-Back Day

National DEA Take Back Day

"National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day" is intended to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Midessa...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 17, 2022

OPD - Happy Easter Sunday!

_OPD Easter Sunday Post

Happy Easter Sunday from the Odessa Police Department! 

He is Risen! 

We hope you will have a blessed day full of hope, peace, and love.  

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 15, 2022

OPD - Good Friday

OPD Good Friday Post

it is Good Friday!

We hope you all enjoy this Easter weekend.  

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 13, 2022

OPD – Tyler Griffith

Tyler Griffith

Meet one of our newest Police Recruits, Tyler Griffith!
Tyler was born and raised here in Odessa and was raised by his grandparents. 
He has always had a passion to be an officer since he was little.  He attended Odessa High School, once h...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 13, 2022

Fatal Crash

On 4/13/22, at approximately 3:18 am, Odessa Police and Odessa Fire Rescue responded to the area of NE Loop 338 and N. Grandview Ave in reference to a single-vehicle accident. 

The investigation revealed that a white 2011 Dodge Nitro was traveling...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 13, 2022

April Shot Clinic:

Odessa Animal Shelter

The Odessa Animal Shelter will be having a shot clinic this Saturday, April 16th, 2022, from 10am-3pm.
Here is what will be available:
Package Prices:
DAPP, Bordetella and Rabies are $35
FVRCP/FELV and Rabies are $35
Individual Prices:
Microchips are $5
DAPP is ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 12, 2022

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Odessa's Dispatchers

It's National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week! April 10-16, 2022, is a time dedicated to celebrating and honoring the people who help others during some of the worst moments of their lives.

Today, the Odessa Police dropped off some goodies to...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 12, 2022

Theft Investigation

holly hughes case

Do you recognize these people? On 3/29/2022 two unidentified subjects, one female and one male attempted to steal approx. more than $100 worth of items from H-E-B West.
If you have any information, please contact Detective H. Hughes at 432-335-3345 or Odes...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 12, 2022

Signature Care Easter Egg Hunt

Signature Care Easter Egg Hunt

The Odessa Police Department would like to thank Signature Care of Odessa for inviting us to participate in their Easter Egg Hunt this past weekend!

We are happy to have been a part of this fun event, it was a great turnout.

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 12, 2022

OPD – Crawfish for Emma

Crawfish for Emma

We would like to thank everyone who participated and/or donated to our officer’s fundraising event which occurred this past Sunday. 
More than $7000 was raised for sweet Emma! We are so grateful and appreciate our community so much for c...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 11, 2022

Today is National Pet Day!

national pet day k-9 unit

We enjoy recognizing these kinds of holidays.  In honor of this day, here are a few photos of our K-9 unit! 
We love our dogs!
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 11, 2022

OPD - Self Defense Course

OPD Self Defense Course

The Odessa Police Department invites anyone who is interested to attend a FREE self-defense course on May 8th, from 10 am to 2 pm, at 210 N Lincoln Ave.  
Get a chance to learn how to defend yourself in dangerous situations!
Contact PR Manager, Mon...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 8, 2022

OPD – Autistic Awareness Month

Group Photo Autism Awareness month

Officers at the Odessa police department are sporting blue badges.

These blue badges are meant to raise awareness during April, which is Autism Awareness Month.

In fact, the officers even spend around a hundred dollars of their own money to buy those blue b...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 8, 2022

OPD - Autism Awareness Month

Sergeant Brad Cline

Not only is the Month of April considered Child Abuse Awareness Month, but it is also considered Autism Awareness Month. 
Our officers wear their blue badge to help bring awareness to those with autism.  We have a few employees that have ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 8, 2022

OPD Mug Giveaway Winners:

Monochrome Elegant Giveaway Winner Instagram Post

We are happy to announce our winners for our OPD Mug Giveaway - "How many SWAT vehicles do we have?" 
The answer to our question: 3 SWAT vehicles 
We picked out the winners and it was done randomly. We hope you will continue to i...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 7, 2022

Neighborhood Watch Meeting - Tuesday, April 26th

Neighborhood Watch Program Meeting Flyer

The Odessa Police Department will be having our next Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Tuesday, April 26th.  
It will take place from 7 pm – 9 pm in one of the OPD classrooms.
We’re located at 205 N. Grant.
PBRCADA will be speaking a...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2022

OPD Mug Giveaway

SWAT

Today, we're going to shine the light on our SWAT Team. Do you know how many SWAT vehicles are a part of the Odessa Police Department?Those who answer correctly on social media will be entered to win an OPD mug. The correct answers must be posted...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2022

Parking on Neighborhood Sidewalks is Illegal:

Illegal Parking Flyer

The Odessa Police Department would like to remind the public that it is illegal to park on neighborhood sidewalks.  

Article 12-3Section 12-3-8 Stopping, standing or parking in prohibited specified places (a)It shall be unlawful ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2022

NEW INFORMATION: Missing Person

Edward Adams DL

UPDATE:  LOCATED AND FOUND SAFE!

The Odessa Police Department is investigating a missing person report. 

Edward “Eddie” Adams is a 54-year-old white male with green eyes and brown hair. Eddie is 5’7”...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2022

Flea and Tick Prevention:

Flea and Tick Prevention Flyer

Yikes! Flea and Tick season is here!

The Odessa Animal Shelter would like to remind the public to please get your pets the medicine that they need to keep fleas and ticks off of them.  Not only do they affect your pets, but they can affect your ho...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 4, 2022

Harmony Homes – CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH

Harmony Homes & OPD - Child Abuse Awareness Month

The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. 

Harmony Homes Children Advocacy Center came to the Odessa Police Department this morning to tie blue ribbons around our trees and place blue pinwheels on our front lawn to raise awareness regardi...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 1, 2022

April Shot Clinic:

Odessa Animal Shelter

The Odessa Animal Shelter will be having a shot clinic on Saturday, April 16th, 2022, from 10am-3pm.
Here is what will be available:
Package Prices:
DAPP, Bordetella and Rabies are $35
FVRCP/FELV and Rabies are $35
Individual Prices:
Microchips are $5
DAPP is $1...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 1, 2022

Fatal Crash

Major Crash

The Odessa Police Department is on scene of a fatal crash involving a motorcyclist. Officers responded to a crash on I-20 at FM 1936 at approximately 0659 hours.
Due to the heavy traffic on I-20, there are multiple unknown involved vehicles with t...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: April 1, 2022

OPD Awards Ceremony – Officer Awards

All Officer Awards

On January 5, 2020, Officer Jimmie Rainey handcuffed and placed a suspect in the backseat of his patrol unit. During the investigation, the suspect appeared to have difficulty breathing, and Officer Rainey asked the suspect if he had taken anything; the s...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2022

Theft Investigation

Theft suspects

Do you recognize these people?  On 2/26/2022 three unidentified subjects, two female and one male attempted to steal approx. $1,529.72 USD worth of items from Walmart-West.

 

The subjects were confronted by Asset Protection employees and f...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2022

OPD Awards Ceremony – Officers of the Year

officers of the year

The Odessa Police Department had three officers picked for some special awards at last week's awards ceremony.
Patrol Officer of the Year – Corporal William McCloud
Special Operations Bureau Officer of the Year – Corporal Nichol...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2022

Theft Investigation - Attempt to Identify

Theft Suspect

Do you recognize this man?  On 3/19/2022 this unidentified suspect stole approximately $850 worth of tools from Lowes Home improvement located at 4101 E 42nd St in Odessa.

 

The subject, while with a young female child left the store witho...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2022

OPD Awards Ceremony – Badge Pinning – NEWEST OFFICER

Destiny Jones

Officer Destiny Jones is our newest officer! She was officially sworn in at our Awards Ceremony.

Destiny Jones is 33 years old and was born and raised right here in Odessa. She graduated from Odessa High School.

Destiny began her career with the Odessa Poli...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2022

Community Conversation – CHILD NEGLECT

The Odessa Police Department invites the public to attend an event presented by Harmony Homes Children’s Advocacy Center.  This will be today, March 30th, 2022, from 1 pm – 4 pm at the UTPB multipurpose room, located in room 2...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Update - Shots Fired Incident

Odessa Police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Ada and Hickory yesterday. The initial investigation determined that several juveniles and an adult gathered in the area and were involved in a verbal disturbance when the situatio...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Tip a Cop – Bubbas 33

bubbas 33 tip a cop flyer

Local police officers and Law Enforcement Torch Run members will be serving dinner for a great cause! 
This will take place on Thursday, March 31st at Bubbas 33 - Odessa, TX, located at 6153 E Highway 191 Frontage Rd.
Between 3-9 p.m., police offic...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 29, 2022

OPD Awards Ceremony – Civilian of the Year

GIlda Civilian of the Year Post

What makes Gilda special, well in short and without hesitation, officers who know her; know she is genuine and has a heart of gold.

 She advocates and supports our department to its fullest, especially our line officers. Her job involves ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 28, 2022

OPD Awards Ceremony – Badge Pinning

Badge Pinning

We will be sharing more photos throughout the week of our officers at our awards ceremony last week!  
The Odessa Police Department had 11 newly promoted officers within the past couple of years (COVID didn’t let us recognize a few of th...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 28, 2022

Support Mor Badges Success!

Support Mor Badges

The Odessa Police Department would like to thank all who joined in on our big Support Mor Badges event held this past Saturday at the Chik-Fil-A located on 42nd Street.  We had such a great outcome, raising over $9,000 to support our local law en...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 28, 2022

Theft Investigation:

news release

Do you recognize this man?  A theft took place at 500 N County Rd West on 2/15/2022 at approximately 3:30 pm.  The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money. 

If you have any information, please contact Corporal J. Beatty at 43...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 25, 2022

OPD Awards Ceremony:

civilian awards

A private, special ceremony was held last night at OC to honor outstanding civilians and officers.  Over the next week, we’ll be sharing more about those who were recognized.  It covered the past couple of years because COVID f...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 25, 2022

CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN CONFERENCE:

Sergeant Brad Cline

OPD was among those today who attended this important event which is hosted by Harmony Home Children's Advocacy Center.  About 270 people were on hand.

 

Sergeant Brad Cline was one of our representatives.  He investigate...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2022

Aggravated Robbery

Aggravated Robbery Suspect

On the afternoon of Monday, March 21, 2022, officers with the Odessa Police Department responded to a robbery at the Rose Garden Spa, located at 800 East 7th Street.

An employee (victim) of the business reported to police that a male entered the business, ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2022

Helping our Spanish speakers

Detective Brian Cordero

You could say he's an officer of many talents!  Detective Brian Cordero does more than fight crime, he's also helping OPD reach our Spanish speakers.  He served as talent for the 2022 Warrant Resolution video.  ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 22, 2022

Update - Fatal Hit and Run

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Michael Joe King.

The Texas Transportation Code reads:

TC 550.021 Accident involving personal injury or death (a) The operator of a vehicle involved in an accident that results or is reasonably likely to result ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 22, 2022

Fatal Hit and Run

Major Crash

On 3/22/22 at about 0707 hours, OPD was dispatched to the intersection of E. 42ndand N. Grandview in reference to a hit and run in which a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. Medical personnel arrived on scene and advised that the pedestrian, a 28-year-ol...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 22, 2022

OPD & DPS - Joint Operation

Illegal Street Racing

ODESSA- On Sunday, March 20, Texas Highway Patrol Troopers (THP) joined the Odessa Police Department (OPD) in an effort to stop illegal racing inside the city limits of Odessa. The operation resulted in a total of 53 traffic stops, with 24 citations and 4...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 22, 2022

Support Mor Badges Event

2022 B4B Raffle Flyer

Support Mor Badges will be Saturday, March 26th from 8am-2pm. 
The Odessa Police Department will be at the Chick-fil-A located at 3805 East 42nd Street in Odessa. Specialized units will be on display and photographs with local law enforcement offi...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 22, 2022

Friendly reminder for tonight's Neighborhood Watch Meeting:

Neighborhood Watch Flyer

Neighborhood Watch Meeting - Tuesday, March 22nd
The Odessa Police Department will be having our next Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Tuesday, March 22nd.
It will take place from 7 pm – 9 pm in one of the OPD classrooms.
We’re located at 20...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 21, 2022

April Shot Clinic

Odessa Animal Shelter April Shot Clinic

The Odessa Animal Shelter will be having a shot clinic on Saturday, April 16th, 2022, from 10am-3pm.
Here is what will be available:
Package Prices:
DAPP, Bordetella and Rabies are $35
FVRCP/FELV and Rabies are $35
Individual Prices:
Microchips are $5
DAPP is $1...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 18, 2022

Neighborhood Watch Meeting - Tuesday, March 22nd

Blue Modern Business Conference Flyer

The Odessa Police Department will be having our next Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Tuesday, March 22nd.
It will take place from 7 pm – 9 pm in one of the OPD classrooms.
We’re located at 205 N. Grant.  
It’s a simple pr...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 18, 2022

OPD Recruiter and Background Investigator – Corporal Marshall Williams

Marshall Williams

One of the many friendly faces at the Odessa Police Department is Corporal Marshall Williams! He is so personable and never meets a stranger. 

 

Corporal Williams has been with the Odessa Police Department for more than 11 years.  ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2022

Special Visit

Odessa Christian Faith Center

About 20 members of the Odessa Christian Faith Center youth group paid a special visit today to the Odessa Police Department.  

They are volunteering their time this Spring Break to drop off goodies to people in our community who make a difference...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2022

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Happy Saint Patricks Day

Did you wear your green today? Do you feel it brings luck? 
Here's a fun fact for you!
The Shamrock leaf, otherwise known as the Four-leaf clover, is considered a sacred plant.  It also symbolizes springtime!
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 16, 2022

OPD Captain - John Sikes

Captain John Sikes

OPD Captain John Sikes will soon graduate from the prestigious FBI National Academy. We told you yesterday about the Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang traveling to Quantico, Virginia to feed law enforcement officials from around the U.S. and even other cou...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 15, 2022

Good News

Group Photo

Odessa has been well represented at the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Sixteen members from the Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang traveled there to prepare food for the FBI Academy on “Texas Night.”

 

Michael Veretto, one of the memb...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 15, 2022

Good News

Kid who wants to be a cop

CSU Intern, Kimberly Gallegos, brought her two young sons to the Odessa Police Department for a special visit. X’zavien is 6-years-old and Izaiah is 2-years-old. 
X’zavien wanted to meet some Police Officers, see the S.W.A.T. v...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 14, 2022

Do you recognize these women?

Suspect

On 3/13/2022 at approximately 12:15 am, two females walked into the DK located at 651 W 42nd St while intoxicated and shattered the front door glass causing approximately $1,000 worth of damage.

 

Any information on this case, please contact Cpl. R...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 10, 2022

Preventing yourself from becoming a victim of theft

Theft Vehicle Tips

-Always lock your vehicle and take your keys
-Never leave your car running and unattended
-Park in a well-lit area
-Take valuables with you when you are not in your vehicle
-Keep valuables out of sight

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 9, 2022

OPD Mug Giveaway Winners

Mug Giveaway

We were so overwhelmed with all of those who participated that we decided to give out even more OPD mugs than we originally said.  The answer to our question:  Four OPD K9 teams.
Chief Michael Gerke helped to pick the winners and it was d...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 9, 2022

#DriveSoberNoRegrets

Don't drink and drive

A simple reminder:  Don't drink and drive!  #EndTheStreakTX 

Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 9, 2022

UPDATE - FOUND: Missing Person

Yordanys Carbonell Venegas

The Odessa Police Department is investigating a missing person report. Yordanys Carbonell Venegas is a 39-year-old white Hispanic male. He has blue eyes, short black hair, is 6’0” and weighs approximately 200 pounds. 

He was last seen occupying a ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 9, 2022

Adoption Event

Adoption Event

The Odessa Animal Shelter will have animals up for adoption at
the Odessa Jackalopes Game.
Details:
Saturday, March 12th
6:30 pm to 9 pm
Ector County Coliseum
4201 Andrews Hwy
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 8, 2022

Theft Suspects

Theft Suspects

Can you identify any of these three people or this vehicle?  They were involved in a theft of a laptop that occurred at Best Buy on 2/26/22.  They were seen leaving the scene in this black Chevrolet Tahoe.

If you have any information cont...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 8, 2022

Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day

We have numerous women employees, from officers to civilians, here at the Odessa Police Department.  We are thankful for their hard work and dedication. 

Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 7, 2022

OPD Mug Giveaway

Rambo

It's that time again, for OPD to show its appreciation to our community.  If you answer this question correctly, you will be entered into our OPD mug giveaway.  Winners must come pick up the mug at OPD's front desk. &am...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 7, 2022

New Information - Officer-Involved Shooting

Corporal Reed Jones, the officer involved in a shooting back in February, was no billed today by an Ector County Grand Jury.  He will resume his full duties.

 

Original Release: On February 17, 2022, at approximately 3:36 PM, officers resp...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 7, 2022

Do you recognize this man or woman?

On 2/16/2022 a male and female suspect stole approximately $486.76 worth of meat from United Supermarkets on E 8th St. The suspects then fled in a white 2013 GMC Yukon TXLP: FVH4077.

If you have any information about this case contact Cpl. R. Jones at &...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 4, 2022

Hit and Run - Do you recognize these women?

Hit and Run Suspects

On 2/22/2022 at 0406 hours, OPD was dispatched to Oakwood Dr and JBS Parkway in reference to a major accident. Upon arrival, officers noticed a Silver Ford Fusion had struck a pole and rolled over at Jack Jordan's BBQ. Those involved fle...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 4, 2022

Burglars - Do you recognize these men?

Burglars

On 10/23/2021 at approximately 0449 hours, OPD was dispatched to 2700 N Grandview (DK Gas Station) in reference to a burglary.

A witness stated the men appeared to be white males, in their early twenties. One male was wearing a white hoodie with a black de...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 4, 2022

OPD Chaplain - Father Joseph Barbieri

joseph barbieri

Joseph Barbieri is in our OPD Chaplains Program.

He has been a priest for the past THIRTY-THREE years… that’s a long time! He is currently with Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

He loves to serve our community, and we love having him with OPD!...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2022

Remembering a Fallen Officers

OPD Honor Guard was on hand today for a funeral service to remember San Jacinto County Deputy Constable Neil Adams.

The funeral included a 21-gun salute and full honors. 

#NeverForgotten

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2022

Adopt a friend!

Dog

Our Odessa Animal Shelter has so many dogs and cats up for adoption, help us make a difference in giving these furry friends a loving home!

 

If you’re interested in adding a new member to your family, contact the Odessa Animal Shelter at...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2022

OPD needs your help

On 02/20/2022, it was reported to the Odessa Police Department that an unknown white male approached a child inside Wal-Mart (West). The male then exposed his genitals to the child. 

Through the investigation officers were able to obtain images of...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 1, 2022

Animal Shelter Cuties!

Animal Shelter dogs/cats

The Odessa Animal Shelter always has animals that are available for adoption, if you’re ever looking for a furry friend to add to your family, head to the Animal Shelter! ??

For more information on the Odessa Animal Shelter, you can visit their w...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 28, 2022

2022 Bustin for Badges Clay Shoot

The 9th annual Bustin for Badges Clay Shoot will be on Thursday, April 21st and Friday, April 22nd at Windwalker Farms in Martin County. This event benefits local law enforcement (OPD, MPD, ECSO & MCSO) and helps pay for much needed equipment. Please ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 28, 2022

SWAT TEAM

SWAT Training

These are just a few photos taken from OPD’s recent SWAT practice. ??

As you can see, our officers work hard every day! We enjoy what we do!

You can see more photos of our SWAT team on our website at https://odessapd.com/525/Special-Weapons-Tactic...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2022

New Information - Missing Person

Update:

New information in the investigation has revealed that missing person Shaunte Galan may be accompanied by Albert Aguilar Lopez, a 40-year-old Hispanic male, occupying a silver 2013 Chevy Cruze with black rims, bearing Texas license plate number CHN...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2022

OPD's Citizens Police Academy

Want to know what it's like to be an Odessa Police Officer? Do you have questions about what they do? Here's your chance to get some firsthand knowledge and get those questions answered.
“I think that today the police need more ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2022

Career Day

Buddy West Elementary Photo

Corporal Steve LeSueur visited this school to speak to the children, grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade, about being a Police Officer.  
Thank you Buddy West Elementary for inviting OPD to be a part of Career Day!
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2022

Missing Person

Missing Person

The Odessa Police Department is investigating a missing person report. Shaunte Paredes Galan is a 43-year-old Hispanic female. She has brown eyes, brown hair, is 5’7” and weighs approximately 190 pounds.   She was las...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2022

Snow day at OPD!

Snow at PD

Looks like we finally got a little bit of winter here in Odessa.

 

It’s nice seeing the white stuff here at OPD, we don’t get to see it often.

 

#WestTexasWeather

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2022

Up for Adoption - Pearl

pearl

Meet Pearl!  
She is a beautiful black and white short hair juvenile.  
She was found by herself, but unfortunately the person who found her could not keep her.  Come give her a loving home! 
If you’re interested...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 24, 2022

Citizens Police Academy

Jason Spenser

Meet Jason Spenser - He's gone through our Citizens Police Academy and encourages others to take part in it as well.

We asked him his favorite thing about C.P.A.  Jason said, "The SWAT was cool, the K9’s of course. &nbs...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 23, 2022

OPD is Currently Hiring!

One Badge Hiring

The Odessa Police Department is currently hiring for a few positions, CLICK HERE to apply! 

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 23, 2022

Emergency Preparedness Fair

Emergency Preparedness Fair

FREE Community/Family Event!

Learn how to better prepare yourself in cases of all kinds of emergencies.

Feb. 26th

10 am - 2 pm

5401 JBS Parkway

Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 23, 2022

Dog Adoption Event

Dog Adoption Event

Details:Saturday, February 26th4801 E. 52nd in OdessaNoon to 3 pm

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 18, 2022

New Information - Officer-Involved Shooting

The subject involved has been identified as John Michael Humphries, 45-year-old, white male.

Original Release:  On February 17, 2022, at approximately 3:36 PM, officers responded to an armed subject at Ace Check Express, 1305 of E. 8th St. Upon of...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 17, 2022

Officer-Involved Shooting

On February 17, 2022, at approximately 3:36 PM, officers responded to an armed subject at Ace Check Express, 1305 of E. 8th St. Upon officers arrival, they observed the armed subject, who then evaded officers in a vehicle. The subject drove around the com...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 17, 2022

Thank You UTPB Stem Academy Students:

UTPB Stem Academy

A big thank you to students at the UTPB Stem Academy.  As we told you last week, they’ve been making pet carriers for the Odessa Animal Shelter.  We love this unique program!  Here are some more pictures from our visit...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 17, 2022

DK Robbery Investigation

On 1-31-22 at approximately 1220 hours, a robbery occurred at the DK located at 651 West 42nd Street. The suspect fled the scene in a brown Chevrolet Tahoe and was last seen heading north on Golder. Anyone who recognizes the suspect shown in the surveilla...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 16, 2022

Neighborhood Watch Program Meeting

Neighborhood Watch

The Odessa Police Department will be having our next Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Tuesday, February 22nd.

 

It will take place from 7 pm – 9 pm in one of the OPD classrooms.

 

We’re located at 205 N. Grant

 

It&am...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 16, 2022

Up for Adoption - Scar:

Scar dog

Everyone meet Scar.  He is a handsome two year old male brindle pit!  

He is neutered, has his rabies shot, and is already micro-chipped!  Unfortunately, his original owner could not take him back home.  

Come by the Odes...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 15, 2022

OPD talks safety with kids

Grace Learning Center

McGruff the Crime Dog and the OPD Community Relations Unit paid a visit to Grace Kids Learning Center yesterday.

They talked about the importance of being safe!

Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 15, 2022

Odessa Animal Shelter Currently Hiring!

Animal Shelter Job Openings Flyer

The Odessa Police Department's Animal Shelter is currently hiring for a few positions, click the link down below to apply!

https://odessatx.applicantpro.com/jobs/

 

 

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 15, 2022

Black History Month – Cpl. Michael Hamilton – Community Relations & OPD’s Best Dancer

Michael Hamilton

Between his big smile and his humor, Corporal Michael Hamilton puts you at ease right away.  He’s been with the Odessa Police Department for eight years and you will find him at many of our community events.

He’s OPD's “Best Dancer.”   Se...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 15, 2022

Up for Adoption - Boston:

Boston Dog

Boston is a 6 month old male. He is such a cute puppy!
 
Sadly, he was found in a malnourished state, searching for food through a pile of trash in an alley.  Unfortunately, the person who found him could not keep him.  Come by th...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 14, 2022

Up for Adoption – Daniel:

Daniel Dog

Daniel is a 1 year old male.  Handsome boy! 

He is chipped, and is looking for a forever home.  Daniel is still very much like a puppy!  He loves running around and is very playful, come by the Odessa Animal Shelter and ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 14, 2022

Black History Month – Whitney Branch – 7 Years with OPD

Detective Whitney Branch

Detective Whitney Branch has worked for OPD for 7 years and is currently assigned to CID Persons Unit. Her primary responsibility is over the Sex Offender Registry. 

Detective Branch volunteers with the Special Olympics and is also a member of The...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 13, 2022

Super Bowl Sunday - Don't Drink & Drive

Super Bowl Sunday

It's almost time for the big game!  Please enjoy the game responsibly and OPD wants to remind you to plan ahead to have a sober ride home.

Who are you rooting for today?

Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 11, 2022

OPD Mug Giveaway

Valentine's is just around the corner and we want to show our community some love.  So, we'll be giving away five OPD mugs.
Can you name our Deputy Chiefs?  If you're not familiar with that position, it&apos...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 11, 2022

New Odessa Animal Shelter Progress

Major progress is being made on the new Odessa Animal Shelter.  Steel beams are now up and much of the concrete for the facility has been laid. 

It’s located right next to the current animal shelter at 910 West 42nd Street. &...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 11, 2022

More Counterfeit Criminals – Do you recognize these two?

Counterfeit Criminals

On 2-6-22, OPD responded to a Dollar General at 102 E. 52nd in reference to a forgery.  These two people bought items using counterfeit $100 bills on 1-17-22.

 

If you have any information about their whereabouts, please contact Detective ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 11, 2022

Black History Month – Lt. Sherrie Carruth – 30 Years with OPD

LT Sherrie Carruth

Lt. Sherrie Carruth is one of our most Senior Officers.  She’s worked for the Odessa Police Department for almost 30 years!  It is her loyalty to our community that keeps her here year after year.  When you talk with her, you ca...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 10, 2022

UTPB Stem Academy Students helping the Odessa Animal Shelter

UTPB Stem Academy Students

Some local students are helping the Odessa Animal Shelter.  They’re creating pet carriers for animals that are up for adoption.  About 40 students at the UTPB Stem Academy are involved in this project.  A couple of dog...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2022

Counterfeit Criminal

Suspect

On 2-6-2022, OPD responded to a report from the Dollar General at 102 E. 52nd in reference to a forgery.

This man used counterfeit $100 bills there on 1-17-2022.

If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact Detective Y. Medrano at 432-3...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2022

Free Adoptions for military personnel

Veteran and Military adopt pets

Veterans and current military personnel can adopt an animal for free at anytime!  Thank you for your service.

Odessa Animal Shelter

910 W. 42nd

Odessa, TX  79764

432-368-3527

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2022

Black History Month - Sergeant Tommy Jones

Meet Sergeant Tommy Jones! We have pictures of him THEN AND NOW.  He has been employed with the City of Odessa since 1996.

Sergeant Jones has worked for OPD for 17 years and is our Academy/Training Sergeant. He also juggles numerous jobs including...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2022

Students helping Odessa Animal Shelter

Londyn Townsend

These sweet pictures will bring a smile to your face!
Meet 5-year-old Londyn Townsley who's in kindergarten at the UTPB Stem Academy.
A couple of dogs from the Odessa Animal Shelter made a trip to her classroom yesterday including Fairy seen in the...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 7, 2022

Black History Month - Captain Darryl Smith

We posted pictures of Captain Darryl Smith THEN AND NOW.

Captain Smith was raised on the south side of Odessa. He attended Ector High School until his Junior year. He ended up graduating from Permian High School.

As far as his career here at OPD, Captain Sm...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 6, 2022

New Officer Cameron Limon

Limon Brothers

We wrap up the introductions of our new OPD officers with Cameron Limon.  He's the younger brother of Joseph Limon and the two went through the Odessa Police Academy together. 
Cameron is 21-years-old and was bo...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 5, 2022

New Officer Joseph Limon

Joseph Limon

Joseph Limon believes it's a blessing to be in his position, loves the city, and wants to be part of the solution to making it a safer place for everyone.
We've shared his incredible journey in the past.  If you missed it, we hop...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 4, 2022

Remembering a Fallen Hero

Remembering Fallen Officer Scott Smith

SPECIAL VIDEO:  Will be posted this evening on Officer Scott Smith.  It's an emotional story you're going to want to see.

Wreath Laying Ceremony:

Sunday, Feb. 6th, 2022

OPD Front Lawn - Memorial Statue

Starts at Sunrise

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 4, 2022

New Officer Hector Gutierrez

Hector Gutierrez

Hector Gutierrez is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  His hope is to gain experience on Patrol and eventually, join the Odessa Police Department’s SWAT Team.

He's 25-years-old and was born in the City of Inglewood, p...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 3, 2022

Register Now for the 2022 Bustin for Badges Clay Shoot!

The 9th Annual Bustin for Badges Clay Shoot will be held on Thursday, April 21st and Friday, April 22nd at Windwalker Farms in Martin County. This event benefits local law enforcement (OPD, MPD, ECSO & MCSO) and helps pay for much needed equipment. Pl...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 3, 2022

OPD Warning

Unattended Vehicles

A reminder: We know the winter weather can be brutal, but don't leave your vehicles unattended with the keys inside while warming them up.  It becomes a target for criminals.
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 3, 2022

Use Caution on those Roadways

Crash Reports

The winter weather creates some dangerous conditions on those roadways, so please be careful.Latest Crash Reports:-17 Minor-3 Major(Between 5 pm yesterday and 9 am this morning)

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 3, 2022

New Officer Trenton LeBlanc

Trenton LeBlanc

A future K-9 Unit Officer!  That's Trenton LeBlanc's goal at OPD. 
He also has a unique background.  Trenton has experience as a Jailer at the Ector County Law Enforcement Center.
He is 24-years-old and was born ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 2, 2022

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter Weather Driving Safety

OPD would like to remind the public to be careful if traveling especially during the winter weather expected to hit the basin. Please use extreme caution if you must travel on Interstate 20, Highway 80, and Highway 191. Remember the following:

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 2, 2022

New Officer Christopher Torres

Christopher Torres

Christopher Torres is 27 years old and was born and raised in Odessa.

His goal is to become a Homicide Detective with the Odessa Police Department. Christopher is married to Devyn Torres and is the father of Logan and Lennox. 

Christopher has a big...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 2, 2022

Citizens on Patrol

Citizens Police Academy

We are always looking for ways to connect with our community!  "Citizens on Patrol" is a great program that helps us better work together.
The Odessa Police Department is currently taking applications for our next Citizens Police Academy...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 1, 2022

OPD Honor Guard Paying Tribute to Fallen Officer

OPD Honor Guard

A funeral was held today for Houston Police Officer Corporal Charles Galloway Jr. 
Our OPD Honor Guard was on hand to honor the fallen hero.

 

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 1, 2022

Up for Adoption

Odessa Animal Shelter

Here's another one of our fur babies up for adoption.  There are so many to choose from at the Odessa Animal Shelter.  
For more information call 432-368-3527.
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 1, 2022

New Officer Joel Contreras Jr.

Joel Contreras Jr.

Joel is 23 years old and was born and raised in the Basin. He graduated from Midland Christian High School.  The August 31st mass shooting prompted him to get into law enforcement.
Joel has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology with...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 31, 2022

Happy Birthday SlapJack

McGruff the Crime Dog

Over the weekend, McGruff the Crime Dog attended a birthday party for the Odessa Jackalopes mascot SlapJack. 
It gave us a chance to meet even more families in the area. We had a great time! 
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 31, 2022

OPD Mug Giveaway Winners

OPD Mugs

The question:  How long has Chief Mike Gerke worked for the Odessa Police Department?  The answer:  24 years and 6 months.  

Those who answered 24 years and/or entered a month were put in the drawing.  We counte...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 31, 2022

New Officer Chance Gladden

We'll be introducing you this week to our newest officers.  As you may have read, there are seven of them.His smile lights up any room!  Chance is 21 years old and was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He is a veteran of the Un...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 31, 2022

Sweet and Shy!

Odessa Animal Shelter

Here's a look at one of our animals currently at the Odessa Animal Shelter.  This photo captured the dog's personality perfectly which is sweet and shy.
Address
910 W 42nd St.
Odessa, TX 79764
432-368-3527
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 28, 2022

Up for Adoption

Dog up for adoption

Looking to add a fur baby to your family?
Here's one of the dogs currently at the Odessa Animal Shelter.  The coloring of this dog is so unique and take a look at that face and those big eyes.
Odessa Animal Shelter
Physical Address:
910 W 42...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 28, 2022

Congrats Detective Rene Chavez

Rene Chavez

SMILING BIG!!!!  A big congratulations to Detective Rene Chavez who's retiring today after 22 years. 

He was born and raised in Odessa, went to Odessa High School, and has spent decades working hard to protect our community.  You...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 27, 2022

Criminal Mischief Investigation

On 12-20-21 at approximately 1730 hours, OPD responded to 4101 East 42nd Street (Music City Mall parking lot) in reference to a criminal mischief. Investigation revealed that two unknown males slashed all 4 tires belonging to a red Chevrolet pickup, which...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 26, 2022

Major Crash

Major Crash

Major accident Yukon and E loop 338:

All northbound traffic is closed at Yukon and E loop 338 due to a major accident involving a semi-truck and trailer being jack-knifed. 

Cold weather and slick roads are contributing factors!

Please use caution on...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 26, 2022

Cuteness Overload

Cat Boxes

Some young students are working to help the Odessa Animal Shelter.

These colorful, cat adoption boxes were made by elementary students at UTPB STEM Academy.

We are so appreciative of what they're doing!

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 25, 2022

Fighting Fentanyl

Fentanyl Billboard

Today, six new billboards went up around the Odessa/Midland area working to raise awareness regarding fentanyl overdoses.
OPD wants to say a BIG THANK YOU to Lamar Advertising for reaching out and wanting to work with us on this issue.
Barbara Johnson, with...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 25, 2022

Paying Tribute

End of Watch

It's been a difficult time in our state as three law enforcement officers lost their lives while serving their communities.
Sergeant Ramon Gutierrez
Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas
EOW: Monday, January 24, 2022
Corporal Charles Gallowa...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 25, 2022

Animals up for Adoption

Cat up for Adaoption

We continue to highlight our animals up for adoption.
The Odessa Animal Shelter has a number of cats and dogs to choose from right now.
If you're interested or have more questions, you can contact PR Manager Monica Quintero at mquintero@odessa-tx.gov.
At the...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 25, 2022

Bringing Law Enforcement Together

Law Enforcement Event

Law enforcement from four states came to our first training event at OPD's New Training Facility, coming from as far away as Michigan and Ohio.

As you can see, it was a packed house. The 5-day Internal Affairs Certification Course is taught; by th...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 24, 2022

Meet Candy!

Candy

Look at that face!  Candy has been at the Odessa Animal Shelter for a few months now and was picked up at MCH on October 29th.  
We believe Candy is about a year old, energetic, very loving, and enjoys playing with other dogs.
If ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 24, 2022

TOMORROW: Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Neighborhood Watch Program

It's a simple program that can have a big impact on your neighborhood! It takes all of us working to fight crime and make a difference.
The Neighborhood Watch Program was designed to keep citizens informed of activity occurring in their neighborho...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 21, 2022

Tour of OPD - Homeschoolers of Grace Academy

Grace Academy Tour

The Odessa Police Department was able to give a fun tour to kids of Grace Academy this morning.  The children were excited to see our new training facility and specialized units!

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 21, 2022

OPD Warning - Fentanyl Overdoses are Rising

Fentanyl Warning

It's rapidly become one of the most common substances seen in overdoses and substance abuse cases especially among young people.

Contact OPD to report suspicious pills.

Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 21, 2022

Upcoming Events of 2022

Upcoming Events

Here's a look at some of OPD's upcoming events for 2022.

A Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held January 25th from 7-9 pm.  It will take place in an OPD classroom at 205 N. Grant.

We hope you will work with us to fight crime in ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 20, 2022

Lots of Love!

Animal Shelter Cats

Look at these two cats at the Odessa Animal Shelter. 

There are plenty of cats and dogs there that would make a great addition to any family in the Basin.

Those temperatures have been dropping dramatically.  We want to remind you to bring ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 20, 2022

2021's Best Shooter

Rene Chavez

Congratulations to Detective Rene Chavez for winning the 2021 "Top Gun Award!" He’s considered the best shooter at the Odessa Police Department for that year. Today, he received a special award.
The award was given to him by hi...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 19, 2022

Meet Junior!

Meet Junior

This adorable black and white puppy has now been at the Odessa Animal Shelter ****LONGER**** than any of our other animals.  He arrived on August 10th and we are hoping someone will see him here and fall in love with him.

 

We bel...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 18, 2022

Have you seen this missing person?

Michaela Espinoza

An investigation by the Odessa Police Department shows that Michaela Espinoza AKA “Kayla” was last seen in Odessa on 01/14/2022.
Micheala is described as a 32-year-old Hispanic female with brown hair that may be dyed red, brown eyes, an...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 18, 2022

Congrats Mocha!

Mocha Adopted

Those teeth and eyes!  It's sure to make you smile.

Mocha has a BIG SMILE after being rescued and then adopted! 


Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 14, 2022

American Police Beat

American Police Beat

Have you seen the latest edition of "American Police Beat?"

Right on the cover, you will find Chief Michael Gerke working to make a difference.  

It's something we believe in strongly here at OPD.  You'll find our Chief and many ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 12, 2022

New COVID Testing Site

New COVID testing site

Courtesy: City of Odessa -The City of Odessa will have a partnership with DOCS Health to continue the mitigation of COVID-19 in our community. This will be the second COVID-19 testing site set up by the city with no out-of-pocket cost. A special thanks to...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 12, 2022

Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Neighborhood Watch Program

It's a simple program that can have a big impact on your neighborhood!  It takes all of us working to fight crime and make a difference.
The Neighborhood Watch Program was designed to keep citizens informed of activity occurring in their ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2022

International Thank You Day

International Thank You Day

Today is "International Thank You Day!" and 10-year-old Ryan Rivera wanted to use it as a day to show his appreciation to our OPD officers.

His mom tells us, that he's been randomly giving out appreciation coins over the last few months ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2022

Dog Restraint Law

Dog Restraint Law

Effective: January 18, 2022

It is illegal for owners to leave their dogs outside and unattended by use of a restraint unless the dog is provided adequate shelter from "inclement weather," which includes rain, hail, sleet, snow, high winds, extrem...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2022

Store Thieves

Do you recognize these women?
On 1-5-22, at approximately 1330 hours, two women  stole approximately $232.56 worth of store merchandise from Tuesday Morning in Odessa without paying for the items.
If you have any information contact Officer W. McCl...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 10, 2022

Cold Temps & Your Pets

Odessa Animal Shelter

Wishing you a great start to another week.

Meet Marco!  One of our many helpers at the Odessa Animal Shelter.

We also want to remind you to keep your furry friends indoors with those cold temperatures outside.

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 5, 2022

New Odessa Animal Shelter

New Animal Shelter

Take a look at the progress being made on the new Odessa Animal Shelter.

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 4, 2022

New Year's Eve Operation

New Year's Eve Stats

On December 31, 2021, the Odessa Police Department conducted a special assignment, in cooperation with the Texas Department of Public Safety, from the hours of 5:00 pm to 3:00 am, for DWI’s. 
From this operation, there were 169 traffic s...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 3, 2022

Congrats to a long-time employee!

Darlene Mays

A big congrats to Darlene Mays for retiring from the City of Odessa.She started as an employee there back in 1979.Over the years, she has worked closely with OPD.We'll have a special video tomorrow highlighting why she'...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 3, 2022

Youth Basketball Throwdown Winners!

Basketball Tournament

Another great tournament in the books.

Congrats to the winners who got medals last week.  Some also received a $50 gift card to Academy Sports and Outdoors thanks to HAMI Entertainment.

A big thanks to HEB as well, which provided lunch.

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 30, 2021

Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Joseph Limon

As 2021 comes to a close, we want to remind you of the dangers of drinking and driving.  OPD Recruit, Joseph Limon, shares with us his painful past of losing his wife and 3-year-old daughter to a drunk driver.  
"Even though bad thin...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 30, 2021

Holiday Hours

Animal Shelter Hours

Happy New Year from the Odessa Animal Shelter!

The shelter will be closed Dec. 31st and Jan. 1st.
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 29, 2021

Chief's 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Throwdown

Youth Basketball Throwdown

The last game of the Chief's 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament is underway at OHS.  Here are some of the kids who took part in this amazing event.
Chief Michael Gerke and OPD believes it's important to give back in our community...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 28, 2021

Youth Basketball Throwdown - TOMORROW

Youth Basketball Throwdown

The Chief's 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Throwdown is almost here.

It's taking place tomorrow, December 29th at the OHS Gym.  Registration starts at 7 am.  Game starts at 9 am.

6th-8th & 9th-12th FREE

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 28, 2021

Chief's Youth Basketball Throwdown

Youth Basketball Tournament

The Chief's 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Thrown is tomorrow, December 29th at 9 am.

The event will take place at the OHS Gym.  Registration is at 7 am, Games start at 9 am.


Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 22, 2021

Longest C.O.P. Member

Koleta Moad

We want to highlight the longest member of our "Citizens on Patrol" group.

 Meet Koleta Moad.  She's been with OPD's C.O.P. since 1994. Thank you for your service!
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 22, 2021

Homicide Arrest

The Odessa Police Department has made an arrest for the murder of Alexander Juarez. The arrest stems from the incident that occurred on December 16, 2021 in the 1300 block of N. Lauderdale. 
Eduardo Levario Nicolas, 18 years old, is currently in t...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 22, 2021

Citizens on Patrol - Thank you!

Citizens on Patrol

A special Christmas party was held last night for our Citizens on Patrol.

It was a simple way for us to say THANK YOU for all of their hard work and dedication to OPD.

For more pictures, check out our FB page.

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 22, 2021

Animal Shelter Holiday Reminder

Animal Shelter Christmas Reminder

The Odessa Animal Shelter will be closed Thursday the 23rd at 5 pm through the 28th due to the holidays.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 21, 2021

Teddy Bears thanks to the Odessa Jackalopes

Teddy Bear Donation

"Little things make big things happen!"

A special THANK YOU to the Odessa Jackalopes for donating and dropping off some Teddy Bears today.

OPD uses the stuffed animals for a variety of things including serious situations involving children.

They ca...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 20, 2021

Chief's Youth Basketball Throwndown

Youth Basketball Tournament

The Chief's 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Throwdown is coming up soon.

It's December 29th at the OHS Gym.  Registration starts at 7 am.  Game starts at 9 am.

6th-8th & 9tth-12th FREE

For more details, contact mhamilton@odess...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 20, 2021

Do you recognize this man?

Theft Suspect

On 8-6-2021 at approximately 2005 hrs, OPD was dispatched to the Walgreens at 1708 W.8th in reference to a theft call.  It’s believed this man stole money from a safe. 

 

If you have any information contact Detective Y. ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 17, 2021

'Tis the season to celebrate family

Christmas Party

At the Odessa Police Department, we like to consider ourselves more than colleagues, we consider OPD as family.

Today, a special Christmas luncheon was held.

It was a time of good food, laughter, and fun.

For a look at a picture album, check out our FB page....

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 17, 2021

Lowe's Home Improvement Theft

On 12-3-21 at approximately 0912 hours, a theft occurred at Lowe’s Home Improvement located at 4101 East 42nd Street. Investigation revealed that a male subject concealed over $600 worth of merchandise and left without making any attempt to pay. Anyone wh...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 17, 2021

Homicide Investigation

On December 16, 2021, at approximately 7:42 PM, officers responded to the 1300 block of N. Lauderdale in reference to a gunshot victim. Once on scene, it was discovered that an unknown subject arrived at the location, shot at the victim, and then left the...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 15, 2021

Noel Elementary Honor Choir

Noel Elementary Honor Choir

A big THANK YOU to these youngsters who are part of the Noel Elementary Honor Choir!

More than 100 of them stopped by OPD to sing  and get us in the Christmas  spirit!

The local students range from 3rd to 5th grades.

It brought a lot of joy...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 15, 2021

Pet A Puppy

Pet A Puppy

Support our United Way!Tuesday, December 21stCity Hall: 1 - 2:15 pmMunicipal Plaza: 2:30 - 3:45 pmAll animals are adoptable from the Odessa Animal Shelter.

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 15, 2021

Do you recognize this man and vehicle?

On 12-7-21 at approximately 1647 hrs, OPD was dispatched to a DK convenience store on the 3900 Tanglewood in reference to a hit and run.

The investigation revealed that the pictured subject stole beer from inside the convenience store before leaving in a r...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 15, 2021

Have you seen this missing person?

Cainen Newman

An investigation by the Odessa Police Department shows that Cainen Newman was last seen in Fort Stockton, TX on 12/07/2021. Cainen is described as a 25-year-old white male with brown hair, gray eyes, and is approximately 5’10” and 165 ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 13, 2021

Salvation Army Toy Drive

Salvation Army Toy Drive

Today, city employees including the Odessa Police Department and Odessa Fire Rescue filled up a Salvation Army truck.

This is their 17th year to be involved in a toy drive.

“By helping the kids in our community, I think this shows we are fully inv...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 10, 2021

Chief Gerke's Youth Basketball Throwdown

Youth Basketball Tournament

The Chief's 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament is on Wednesday, December 29th at OHS.

It's for 6-8th graders and 9th - 12th graders.  Registration starts at 7 am.  Up to five players per team.

Parents must sign a release ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 10, 2021

New State-of-the-Art Training

There’s new state-of-the-art training at the Odessa Police Department.

 

“It’s almost real. You don’t know what’s going to pop up next,” said Sergeant Carlos Chavez.  “I...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 9, 2021

Meet OPD's Crime Scene Unit Supervisor

Stephanie Bothwell

‘Tis the season to give and be thankful!  We are so thankful for many of our dedicated employees here at OPD.

 

Today, we want to highlight Stephanie Bothwell.  She has been with us for 26 ½ years and is the C...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 9, 2021

Stolen Credit Cards Suspect

Stolen Credit Cards Suspect

This man has been identified as being involved in two theft cases. It’s believed he is using stolen credit cards to purchase high-dollar items. 

If you recognize this man, contact Cpl. James Beatty at 432-335-4936 or Odessa Crime Stopper...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 7, 2021

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Today, the world honors and remembers those killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On Aug. 23, 1994 the United States Congress designated Dec. 7th as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 6, 2021

Results are in - Bell Ringing Battle

Bell Ringing Battle Pic

A big congrats to Sheriff Mike Griffis!  He wins the bragging rights for the Bell Ringing Battle that benefits the Salvation Army during the Christmas Season.

Chief Michael Gerke raised $596.45

Sheriff Mike Griffis raised $2,035.87

GRAND TOTAL: &...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 6, 2021

Furry friends in the Christmas Spirit

Among those at the Parade of Lights this weekend, our furry friends from the Odessa Animal Shelter.

As you can see, they are already in the Christmas Spirit.

We have lots of adorable animals up for adoption. 

Stop by the Odessa Animal Shelter, if yo...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 4, 2021

Deadly Shooting

Major Incident

The Odessa Police has made an arrest in connection with an early morning shooting that has left one teen dead.
At approximately 0058 hours, Officers responded to a call of a gunshot victim at Medical Center Hospital. Jaziah Marruffo, 19 years of age, succu...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 4, 2021

Bell Ringing Battle - Today!

Bell Ringing Battle

OPD Chief Mike Gerke and Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis will battle it out in the bell ringing challenge from 2-4 PM at Walmart on JBS Parkway.
Come out and donate to your favorite law man this afternoon and be part of #DoingTheMostGood&nbs...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 3, 2021

Lighting the Flame of Hope

'Tis the season to give: LIGHTING THE FLAME OF HOPE:

 

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Texas is on a journey across the State of Texas to light the "Flame of Hope". 
 
Here's a special ...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 3, 2021

Parade of Lights - Safety Information

PARADE OF LIGHTS:  TOMORROW, DEC. 4TH AT 6:30 PM.

*Streets will be blocked off at 5:15 pm: Andrews highway between 2nd and university.

*A command post set up at 17th and grant. Parents with lost kids or anyone wanting to report suspicious activity ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 2, 2021

Salvation Army - Bell Ringing Battle

The Salvation Army Fundraiser

It's a holiday battle between two local law enforcement leaders.  

Odessa Police Chief Mike Gerke and Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis will be bell ringing this Saturday to raise money for the Salvation Army.

Both are on the Salvation Arm...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 1, 2021

Parade of Lights

Parade of Lights

The Odessa Animal Shelter will be closed December 4th.

You can see our fur friends at the Parade of Lights.

Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 1, 2021

Hit and Run Latest

Major Incident

On  November 30, 2021 at approximately 1553 hours, officers of the Odessa Police Department along with Odessa Fire Rescue were dispatched to a major accident in the 4300 block of N. Grandview.

 

The investigation determined that a red and ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: December 1, 2021

Beware Porch Pirates are back this holiday season

On 11-26-2021 at approximately 2158 hrs, OPD was dispatched to East 49th Street in reference to a theft.  The resident reported two packages were stolen from her front porch.

 

Here’s a look at the mail theft suspect and the vehi...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: November 28, 2021

Cold Case - Brandon Swinney

Brandon Swinney

This month marks two years since Brandon Swinney was murdered.  Even more heartbreaking, his young son was nearby and heard the gunshots.  

His family is speaking out, including his 12-year-old son, in hopes of finding s...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: November 28, 2021

Brandon Swinney Case

Brandon Swinney

"I hope someone can give me some answers of what happened, why they did it, and what was the reason," said 12-year-old Kai Swinney, Brandon Swinney's son.

Two years ago in November, Odessa resident, Brandon Swinney was gunned down just o...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving Kindness

OPD Thanksgiving Gift

A big THANK YOU to the Rotary Club of Odessa and the Family Resiliency Center of the Permian Basin for their Thanksgiving kindness!  
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: November 24, 2021

Thank you for helping us become better!

Barbara Al-Ali

Congratulations Barbara Al-Ali (El Paso – FBI)

A special THANK YOU to Barbara for going above and beyond for OPD!  She is retiring after more than 20 years with the FBI.

Deputy Chief, Robert Doporto, traveled to El Paso to give her a spec...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Christmas Adoption Event

Christmas Adoption

"Deck the Halls" with a furever pet this holiday season.

Free Adoption - Dec. 21st and Dec. 23rd.

Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Missing person

Roy King

On 11-1-2021, a family member reported 66-year-old Roy King as missing. He was last heard from by family in April.
If you have any information contact Cpl. Donny Rocha at 432-335-4933 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS.
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Credit Card Abuse

Credit Card Abuse Suspect

On 11-4-2021, this man attempted to use a stolen credit card at the HEB on E. 42nd. Anyone who recognizes the man should contact Cpl. Taylor Box at 432-335-4615 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference Case #21-0018453.

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: November 22, 2021

UPDATE: Missing person found safe

Missing person found

We have an update on 32-year-old Johnathan James Hill.  He has now been found safe.

 

Original Story:  The last time a family member reports seeing Hill was on 6-24-2021.  He was known to frequent the Salvation Army, the ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Hit and Run Suspect

Hit and Run Suspect

On 11-17-2021 at around 1200 hours, OPD was dispatched to the 1600 block of N. Grant in reference to a major crash. Three vehicles were involved including a Kia Sorento. The driver and sole occupant of that vehicle was responsible for a hit and run. He le...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: October 11, 2021

Robbery Homicide Detective - Hispanic Heritage Month

Today, we’re highlighting Corporal Donny Rocha who is an OPD Robbery Homicide Detective.  He’s been at the department for almost 10 years and was raised in Odessa.
Rocha says the hardest thing about his job is breaking the news...
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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: October 8, 2021

Counterfeit Check Tips for Businesses

1)    Ensure the amount of the check matches in figures and words.

2)    Inspect the account number and make sure the drawer’s signature looks natural.

3)    Make sure that the check is perforated on at ...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: October 8, 2021

Counterfeit Check Tips for Individuals

1)  Ensure the amount of the check matches in figures and words.

2)  Make sure that the check is perforated on at least one side.

3)  Inspect the check for additions, deletions, or other alterations.

4)  Be wary and talk t...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Retired Sergeant Jordan Medrano

The Odessa Police Department family is mourning the loss of retired Sergeant Jordan Medrano. Jordan went to his Heavenly home Monday afternoon. He served the Odessa Police Department and the citizens of Odessa with distinction for many years. He will be d...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 7, 2021

National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Odessa Police Department would like to remind the public to “Look Twice” for motorcycles. On average, a motorcyclist dies in a crash every day in Texas. Motorc...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: May 5, 2021

2021 Odessa Police Memorial Service

The week of May 9-15, 2021, has been designated as National Police Memorial Week. This week is set aside to recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement that have been killed in the line of duty. On Thursday, May 13th at 10am, the Odessa Po...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 25, 2021

Vehicle Registration Exemption Expires April 14th

Is Your Vehicle Registration Expired? The temporary waiver granting the suspension of registration renewal requirements ends April 14, 2021. Motorists must come into compliance by renewing their registration on or before April 14, 2021. Click HER...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: March 22, 2021

OPD Reminding Public that Seat Belts Saves Lives

Since last year, the Odessa Police Department has issued over 100 citations for not wearing seat belts and has responded to dozens of crashes in which people not wearing seat belts sustained serious or fatal injuries. In 2019, 41% (109 of 266) of teen dri...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: February 27, 2021

OPD Participates in Running for Heroes

The Odessa Police Department participated this evening in “Running 4 Heroes” at Midland College. The event was a 1-mile run which honored Fallen Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cornelius Anderson and a Midland PD office...

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Police Department Press Releases
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Officer-Involved Shooting

DATE: January 8, 2021TYPE OF INCIDENT: Officer-Involved ShootingDATE/TIME OCCURRED: January 8, 2021 at approximately 1222 hoursLOCATION: 1500 Block North Alleghaney AvenueUPDATE:The suspect has been identified as Severa Leann Aguilar, 39. Aguilar has been...

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Police Department Press Releases